Synod Meeting, November 15, 2014
Synod of the Heartland
Serving the Reformed Churches in the Heartland.
Mission-focused Classes, healthy pastors, healthy growing churches, starting new ministries, raising up new leaders, and together is better.
The Mission, Vision and Goals of the Synod
The Synod of the Heartland is a fellowship of congregations called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be the very presence of Jesus Christ in the world. Our shared task is to equip classes and congregations for ministry. 7 Classes and 170 churches in many different ways doing one thing, following Christ in mission in a lost and broken world so loved by God. Our Call in the RCA is to build on the foundations of Discipleship, Leadership, Multi-Cultural Diversity, and Mission, to renew existing congregations and start new ministries.
We envision following God’s desire to “Expand the Kingdom of God.”
- Equipping missionally–focused classes.
- Equipping healthy missionally-focused churches with healthy pastors.
- Raising up leaders.
- Starting new ministries.
- Becoming more Multi-racially responsive.
- Working together is better.
Revitalization – The Synod of the Heartland staff, in collaboration with denominational staff and classes, will come alongside our churches to help carry out the following goals:
• Exhibit missional fruitfulness through stories of transformed lives.
• Show clear evidence of impact on their community.
• Employ statistical criteria to confirm that they are making more and better disciples.
• Celebrate a cultural and racial mix of congregational members that closely resembles the community.
• Make a commitment to start new ministries.
• Each year increase the number of adult confessions of faith and adult baptisms.
• Equipping churches to be fruitful in their discipleship of youth and adults as they impact the world.
• Each congregation will have a clear, compelling statement of mission, vision, and values.
• Active, vital prayer ministry
• Congregational members equipped to engage in incarnational ministry through which they serve people and are trained to engage in spiritual conversation.
• Will engage in ministry partnership aimed at community impact.
•Empower congregations to call out and equip youth for ministry.
• All churches are encouraged to be involved in a congregational renewal process, i.e. NCD, CRM, Revisioning, Redevelopment, and Fresh Start.
• All pastors will have the opportunity to be involved in a coached, revitalizing network.
• All pastors will have the opportunity to select a coach.
• All congregational leaders, including the pastor, have developed and are guided by a personal calling statement.
• All congregational leaders, including the pastor, are drawing on leadership training that will help them lead their congregation in a faithful and fruitful journey. i.e. Emerging Journey, Leaders on the Horizon, Purposeful Living.
Multiplication – to start 100 new ministries with many of them being multi-cultural.
- Most new ministries are started with an intentional plan and accountability to reproduce.
- Most of the new ministries will be started by parent churches.
- We will continue to use church planting missionaries to resource these new ministries.
Here are the latest Prayer requests from across the Synod of the Heartland.
Center of Hope, Sioux Falls, SD. Rev. Fred Wilgenburg. Our ‘school year’ ministries are beginning, including CoffeeBreak, Work & Life Training Program, and basketball night, which is now part of our Restored 2 Life Church. Please be in prayer over these — for good attendance and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all in attendance. Please be in prayer for our Restored 2 Life Church as we have reset some goals and are really going for them. Pray that through seeking to achieve these goals, more lives receive the Gospel. Praise God for answered prayers for our best year of bikes-for-work ever — great supplies to meet strong demand this year!
Bridge of Hope, Waterloo, IA: Pray for a new facility. We are still in the theater but looking for building options we can use Sunday and during the week. May God open a door.
Bob Westerhaus, Eagan. Pray for Peace Deaf Church’s finances to be worked out in our 3 year budget.
Worship, prayer, and learning to Seek God’s Face: A prayer summit is scheduled for Friday evening October 24, & Saturday morning the 25th in Sioux Center. Keynote speaker is Rev. Moses Chung, director of Christian Reformed Home Missions and son of the Korean prayer movement. Breakout sessions will include: “Listening Prayer” by Tony De La Rosa, Rejoice Community Church in Le Mars; “Prayer Saturated Churches” by Barb Hibma, Classis Heartland Prayer Coordinator; and “Praying for Your Pastor” by Shawn Lohry of Yasha Ministries in Sioux City. For now, save the date, registration details will follow. This is a joint RCA/CRC event.