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Draft Ministry Plan Goal Statements—Vote Results for review and comment

On February 12, 2006, the Ministry Planning Task Force held two congregational forums, one after each of the morning worship services. At the forum, each participant was given a set of sticky dots to use for voting—6 green dots to vote for goals they saw as the congregation’s responsibility and 3 purple dots to vote for goals they saw as the pastor’s responsibility.

The table below shows each of the goal statements, the votes for congregation’s responsibilities (Ppl) and pastor’s responsibilities (Pstr) at each session, the combined votes for both session, and the total votes cast for that goal. For each goal, shading shows the majority of votes in each session and for the combined sessions. At the bottom are totals of the number of votes in each column and numbers of people who voted in each session.

The results of this initial vote will be used as a first read on the congregation’s response to the ministry plan draft goal statements. They will also be used to test and refine the voting process in preparation for a general congregational vote. Most importantly, the results are a way to get the word out and stimulate discussion about the ministry plan goals.

The Task Force urges everyone in the congregation to read through the goal statements and the results from the first congregational forum. There will be more opportunities in the near future to vote on the ministry plan goals, and they want everyone to be prepared.

#HorizonGoalsFirst SessionSecond SessionComb.Total Votes



Ppl Pstr Ppl Pstr Ppl Pstr  
1 Short Term Greet every newcomer individually. 1 0 2 0 3 0 3
2 Short Term Invite people into fellowship service with equal emphasis as inviting them to worship. 0 0 1 1 1 1 2
3 Short Term Develop detailed information on ministry opportunities, including time commitment, tasks, and contacts, and Increase invitations to congregation to serve in specific capacities. 1 7 5 2 6 9 15
4 Short Term Support existing opportunities for serving with:
  • Well-promoted sign-up lists
  • Clear points of contact / individual invitation
  • Master Calendar
1 0 6 0 7 0 7
5 Short Term Maintain the high standard for sermons and worship format. 1 4 3 11 4 15 19
6 Short Term Explore new formats for 8:00 service. Explore possibility of developing a “Seeker Service.” 7 0 0 0 7 0 7
7 Short Term Establish process for congregational input into worship format decisions. 1 0 1 0 2 0 2
8 Short Term Identify our capacity for growth and service. Educate ourselves about the requirements of program growth. Determine our level of commitment to growth—money, time, talents. 3 0 3 1 6 1 7
9 Short Term Gather and share testimonials / individual faith stories. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Short Term Prayerfully and thoughtfully consider new programs and efforts to ensure that there is council / congregational / administrative support to sustain the effort. 4 0 0 4 4 4 8
11 Short Term Increase plate offerings to support ministry growth. 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
12 Short Term Establish contact with neighbors and surrounding community leaders to identify neighborhood needs. 1 2 2 7 3 9 12
13 Short Term Support campus outreach ministry in ecumenical setting. 0 2 2 0 2 2 4
14 Short Term Develop a nursery care program with adequate paid and volunteer supervision. Upgrade physical space as medium/long-term goal. 4 0 0 0 4 0 4
15 Short Term Establish and support small groups for sharing faith stories, fellowship, scriptural education and discussion, and learning ministries. Develop framework for institutional continuity and accountability. 6 3 9 2 15 5 20
16 Medium Term Support the pastor financially, to at least the synod level. 0 0 1 0 1 0 1
17 Medium Term Develop a youth / young adult program that is sustainable. 9 3 1 0 10 3 13
18 Medium Term Conduct re-commitment services / meetings. 0 0 0 3 0 3 3
19 Medium Term Identify the strengths of LCH that we want to publicize and promote.
  • Worship / Music
  • Values—Social Ministries
  • Sense of Ohana
  • Sense of Humor
8 1 8 0 16 1 17
20 Medium Term Enhance communication to promote LCH to the public. 2 0 2 0 4 0 4
21 Medium Term Link talents to tasks. Rethink the ways we connect with volunteers and capture momentum. 1 0 0 3 1 3 4
22 Medium-Long Term Upgrade nursery facilities as medium/long-term goal. 4 0 0 0 4 0 4
23 Medium-Long Term Maintain and enhance fellowship space (courtyard). 1 0 1 0 2 0 2
24 Medium-Long Term Utilize our property for the greatest good.
  • Poki Lot / Housing
  • Community groups / Neighborhood Center
  • After school programs
  • Parenting resource center (parenting classes, baby sitter pool)
  • Seniors and singles gatherings
3 1 5 0 8 1 9
25 Medium-Long Term Improve appearance and functional use of the built facilities. 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
26 Medium-Long Term Renovate the facilities to be more inviting, particularly from Punahou Street, provide easier orientation, be accessible and open (all weather access) to all. Improve physical facilities (courtyard, signage, sanctuary entrance, nursery care, bathrooms) and dedicate space to learning ministries. 2 0 5 0 7 0 7
27 Long Term Break the negative, politically correct stereotype of being Christian. 6 0 2 0 8 0 8
28 Long Term Improve outreach to surrounding neighborhood. 2 1 2 0 4 1 5
TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTES: 69 24 61 35 130 59 189
NUMBER OF PEOPLE VOTING: 14 12 26 26

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