Our current interim has given us wonderful opportunity for prayer and self-reflection. We pray that God will guide our interpretation of the following observations such that South Fork will be a strategic church bringing glory to God and advancing His Kingdom. Our observations:
DRIVING VALUES : Scripture Service Worship Discipleship Community Equipping Leaders Missions Youth & Children Loving God and Others Heritage of the South Fork Church Training Ground for Vocational Ministers
STRENGTHS (What we do well) : Welcoming church Dedicated to preaching and teaching the Gospel Fellowship Sense of family Getting done what needs to be done Christian education Missions (Commitment to over 20% of budget) Retain relationships with past ministers and members Utilize various types of media (In house and social) Open to accept change when it is explained Servant attitude among leadership
WEAKNESSES :(What we do that needs improvement): Church name (Change to “Christian Church) Intentional welcoming ministry Community outreach – having a presence in communities where we live Follow up with those absent from worship services and visitors Not having a youth minister (Seeking part time youth minister once preaching minister in place) Location (7898 Johnson Rd., Rochester, Illinois 62563) Need upgrades in technology (Internet service challenges given rural location) Minister is only staff member in the building during the week Intentional disciple-making/mentoring of new members Engagement with missions we support (regular communication, visiting on site, etc.) Land-locked and limited space in building (need a welcome area) Internal communication (what's happening church-wide) Housing opportunities for minister Though we are blessed with mature, faithful Christians we lack young adult disciples We rejoice that over 60% of our worshippers attend Sunday School, but note that attendance is declining.