Transition Task Force

Tuesday April 13, 2022


Member’s Present: Pastor John Bookshaw, Tom Coburn, Mike Faust, Kathy Marsh, Julie Price, Jaci Roark, Ed Rosa, Sandy Rosa

Guest: Vickie Faust


  1. Opening Devotion –  Colossians 1:15-20


15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.  17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church.  He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.


St. Paul wrote this about Jesus and everything we do here at BLC needs to be focused on Jesus!


  1. Review Congregational Meetings
  • BLC is doing very well in the number of people participating in the congregational meetings and their input is valuable to the process.
  • From Pastor’s perspective, there is a lot of good information and the people participating have given us a clue of the mindset of the congregation.
  • They tend to go back to the good ole day (Sunday School, VBS, Choir, etc.).
  • It will be our job to move them into the future because we can’t replicate the past.
  • The church is not about us, it is about Jesus.
  • People seem to be receptive to some of the new ideas that are being shared.
  • There are some similarities in what we are hearing from the different congregational meetings.


  1. Developing New Mission Statement

We really don’t have much going on in the “outreach ministry” presently.  Pastor shared the Bible passage of Mark 12:30-31  - 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. ' 31 The second is this, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 

This can be the basis for all four areas of our ministry.  

We explored possible future outreach activities.  Some examples were:  adult VBS, a men’s ministry program, single mom’s oil change and quick vehicle checkup.  Our ministry activity needs to be an exercise in our mission statement. We need to be sure to take a long time to plan a ministry activity to be sure it’s done right – if we add another service it needs to be thoroughly planned and it must be excellent because it is how we worship GOD.  Shut-in ministry can be done by someone else besides the pastor, which would free up his time for some of the other ministry activities.

             Mission Statement - Tom shared his late-night thoughts in the following draft mission statement and the group batted around ideas for                          clarification.


Bethlehem Lutheran Church seeks to share God’s Word with HIS community.


              Previously the group had considered –


Bethlehem Lutheran Church seeks to move forward in bringing Christ Jesus to our communities.


             The group will continue to work on the mission statement at our next meeting.

              Next Meeting will be Thursday May 12th at 6:00 p.m.

              We closed with the Lord’s Prayer