Columbus First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Come grow with us!
    OUR 10-YEA R VISION
 
Come Grow With Us!
Columbus FUMC’s 10-Year Vision Plan
INITIAL PLAN WITH STATUS IN CAPS  -  ADOPTED by the Columbus FUMC Council on April 28, 2008 and by the Congregation on Jan 11, 2009 
Background and Purpose:
 
This 10-Year Vision and Plan is a product starting with the February 24, 2008, Church Council visioning retreat that was open to all. Additional helpers did participate. We are confident that God has been present at the subsequent council and vision task force meetings to jointly develop these plans.
 
Our Vision for 2018 means that Columbus FUMC grows in service to God in the following ways: 
  1. From one church worship site to two sites.
  2. From three regular weekend worship services to five (or possibly six if a Hispanic service can be started and maintained).
  3. By developing and staffing a nursery/preschool facility (shown in year 10).
  4. From 7.2 staff equivalent positions to 17.5 (which includes 4 for the nursery/preschool), including from 1.25 pastors to 2.5 pastors.  [AS OF 2010, STAFFING HAD INCREASED TO 7.7 WITH THE ADDITION OF AN ASSOCIATE PASTOR AND AN ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (HALF-TIME) WHILE DROPPING THE YOUTH COORDINATOR POSITION. AS OF 2011, STAFFING IS BACK TO 7.2 POSITIONS WITH THE MOVE TO A FULL-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT AND THE RETIREMENT OF A SECRETARY.]
  5. From a membership of 1,020 to 1,480. [AS OF 2010, INCREASED TO 1,034.]
  6. From an average attendance of 403 to 667. [AS OF 2010, DECREASED TO 380.]
  7. Construction complete on the existing site. [AS OF JUNE 19, 2011, THE CONGREGATION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE REMODELING PROJECT FOR THE EDUCATION WING. THE MASTER BUILDING PLAN AT THE EXISTING SITE IS DESCRIBED BELOW.]
  8. Construction completed for the first phase at an additional site.
  9. Total giving for capital and expense budgets and Income from nursery/preschool and other sources from $759,000 to $2,037,000 (including inflation).
  10. Count of Sunday School classes from 14 to 21.
  11. Number of other small groups increases by 50%.
Conclusion:

Unless we build up ministry opportunities and staffing we will not grow significantly. We know that. The plan shows us growing significantly in those areas. It helps to know that we have a significant God to help us – and a significant assignment that we know has been given to us by Jesus – “Go ye therefore, and make disciples…” -- in other words, "Come Grow With Us!"

SUMMARY OF 2009-11 MINISTRY ACTIVITIES -- Further development and implementation of the vision and plan, and expansion of ministries. 

In 2009, the Council established the Vision Planning Task Force, that:

  • met monthly, always reporting back to the Council monthly,
  • gathered feedback from committees and groups, always inviting participation and indicating openness of the process,
  • hosted a special meeting of the entire Council, which met with Rev. Nita Hinds-Park, Conference Director of Congregational Development, and District Superintendent Harold Backus regarding growth plans,
  • hosted a special worship service and afternoon workshop with Rev. Jim Downing of Sedalia FUMC on his experience with church growth in individuals and the congregation and its ministries and facilities, and
  • hosted "Imagine" meetings inviting the congregation to comment on the 2010 pan and provide additional ideas.
 
In 2010, the Council established the Ministry Development Team that:
  • met monthly, always reporting back to the Council monthly,
  • had a vision of "everyone in our church growing and serving God" and established two primary goals for 2010:
    • assisting the church to begin ten new ministry projects in 2010, of which at least half of the people involved are not currently serving actively beyond worship, and
    • assisting the church to provide and encourage expanded spiritual formation and leadership development/training for fifty persons in 2010 with at least half of them being members/constituents that are not currently involved beyond worship.
  • MINISTRIES DEVELOPED in 2010 (note that the developments reported here are only those involving the Ministry Development Team and do not include other developments accomplished by the standing committees):
    • MEDICAL EQUIPMENT MINISTRY
    • SUMMER YOUTH MUSICAL
    • VENTURE CREW FOR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH ADVENTURE AND SERVICE (a Boy Scouts of America unit for boys and girls)
    • MOVIE NIGHT
    • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - COLUMBUS CHAPTER
    • COMMUNITY GARDEN
    • TAI CHI CLASSES
    • YOGA CLASS
    • THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR THE COMMUNITY
    • YOUTH CHOIR
    • "MY NEXT STEP: CONNECT AND SERVE" CLASSES (for new and current members, constituents, visitors to learn about and engage with opportunities)
    • CONNECTIONS monthly lunch fellowship  for women
    • SPEED Men's group formation (Serving People Enthusiastically Every Day)
    • GROW Men's group formation
In 2011, the Council continued the Ministry Development Team that:
  • Helped facilitate new ministries of:
    • ADDITIONAL PRAISE WORSHIP SERVICE ON APRIL 10
    • BANNER MINISTRY
    • PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
    • POLICE CHAPLAINCY
    • STEPHEN MINISTRY OF CARING
    • FOUR SERENDIPITY GROUPS
    • MINISTRY FAIR OF CHURCH GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES
  • Introduced the Six Marks of Discipleship concept (PRAY daily, WORSHIP weekly, READ the Bible, SERVE at and beyond Columbus FUMC, be in RELATIONSHIP to encourage spiritual growth in others, and GIVE of my time, talents, and resources) to the congregation through sermons, writeups, and posters.
  • Launching a focus on developing a praying congregation as a key first step to becoming a more active discipleship congregation.
  
 
SUMMARY OF 2009-12 BUILDING COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES - developing a Master Building Plan, then approval, construction and consecration of the first-phase remodeling 
 
As of 2010 the Building Committee had developed the Master Building Plan.
 
The following is a brief summary of the Building Committee’s concept for a revised Master Building Plan. The plan was approved during a special church conference held on January 31, 2010.  As envisioned, the Master Plan would expand, upgrade and improve our then-existing church facility in several ways. 
  
Remodeling in the educational wing would include much needed updating and repair of the heating and electrical systems, provide new energy efficient replacement windows, add a built-over pitched roof, and make other modifications to bring the structure up to current building and fire code. The then-current office suite in the educational wing would be reclaimed as a new gathering space and to provide much needed additional restroom facilities. 
 
In the original Master Plan, offices would be relocated to the first floor of a new two-story addition to be constructed to the east of the Sanctuary. The new facility would extend south from the educational wing and connect to it in such a way as to provide a new formal entrance to the church through the remodeled gathering space. The second floor of the new addition would provide additional classroom or office space, as needed.
 
Construction of the addition would also allow for the creation of a new courtyard area, that would enhance the view of our building from downtown.
  
The Church Conference also authorized the Building Committee to continue with schematic design development and to prepare an associated financial plan for the project, at a cost not to exceed $75,000.
 
The Building Committee had continued to work with the architect and construction manager to refine and develop detailed design plans. Changes from the previous plans to the Master Plan included:
  • Increased the usable space in the offices and classroom areas.
  • Moved the Nursery from its current location in the basement of the Education Wing to the first floor (what is now the Music Room). Current Nursery space will become space for an adult classroom.
  • Added a full basement under the new addition to provide room for required mechanical equipment and increased storage.
  • Added tile inserts (less expensive than limestone) to the exterior of both the new addition and Ed. Wing to visually link the two structures.
  • New cost estimate, based on the new detailed plans was $3.7 million. At that point we had about $1 million available in our Building Fund.
Based on an initial look at financing expenses, the Building Committee believed it would be prudent to have another Capital Fund Drive before starting construction. This would reduce the amount of money FUMC would need to borrow. 
 
The 2010 Fund Drive yielded an additional approximately $700,000 in gifts and pledges, which did not appear to be sufficient to initiate the full project.  The focus of the Building Committee then shifted to a two-phase project wherein the first phase would be the remodeling of the Education Wing, which was approved by the congregation in 2011. 
 
The construction of the remodel project took place during 2012 (mid-January through November),
with the consecration service being held on Dec 9, 2012.
 
 
Shown below are exterior concepts of the Master Building Plan. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                          LOCATIONS & SERVICE TIMES
 
Downtown  2710 14th Street, Columbus, Nebraska  402-564-8463
     Saturday: 6:00 p.m.   Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
     Sunday School: 9:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
     Nursery available 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
     Transportation available for Sunday 10:30 service. Call the church by Friday to schedule.
 
Outreach Center  3602 16th Street, Columbus, Nebraska  402-564-8362
     "Ignite On Sunday Night" Alternative Praise Gathering
      Light Supper: 5:30 p.m.  Casual Praise Worship: 6:00 p.m.