From Elders Retreats 2009 & 2010
At our 2009 Elders Retreat we centered our discussion on four central aspirational questions for Trinity Fellowship and our vision of ministry:
Transformation and Risk: What can we do to challenge the Body to live a more transformative life of faith? What does that really mean?
Generational Issues: If the church is truly one of the last multi-generational institutions, how do we make sure TFC stays that way by appealing and ministering to all generations?
Head to Heart: How can we insure the Body is “growing” as well as “learning”? What does the process of spiritual maturity look like within a Body such as Trinity?
Enhanced Engagement: How do members engage with each other in the Body? How can we offer a life-cycle of “connectedness” from the new membership through a lifetime of involvement both within the Body and to the world at large?
We spent considerable time at our 2010 Fall Retreat reviewing our progress. On the whole we have made consistent gains in enabling the Body to move forward in most of these aspirational areas. As examples, the Sunday morning worship experience continues to include a variety of different voices and formats, utilizing videos, transformational testimonies from members, and a cross section of Scripture readers to engage us as a worshiping community. Our new Community Table series invites relationship building among TFC members. We have begun mission works in Tanzania with two other local churches and we have even started programs with international students here in Richardson that will hopefully grow to challenge us out of our comfort zones in months and years to come. There is much to be thankful for and the Elders are grateful for the hard work and dedication of the Trinity pastors and staff in building this ministry momentum.