Church Council – September 2017

Church Council Updates

On Tuesday September 12, our Boards, Committees and Church Council all met on one night. We start with a 30-minute Bible Study, broke out for Board and Committee meetings, and then Church Council came together for their meeting to close out the night.

We received a key presentation between the Board/Committee meetings and the Church Council meeting. Our Facilities Committee presented the initial master plans for our Resurrection Campus. We had some excellent feedback and discussion. We’re excited to share these plans with you on Sunday, September 17, after each worship service. We’re eager to hear your feedback, too.

The first night of this new meeting format went very well. It was a great blessing – being in the Word together, consolidating our schedule and working together at the same time and place. Please keep our leadership, their work and our ministry in your prayers.

Attached you will find a summary of our Council Meeting Minutes.  Please note that our Council Meeting have a new revised format and not the traditional format you may have seen in the past.  This new format was adopted based on input from the WELS Grace In Action team that worked with our Council back in March 2017.

Resurrection Life Lutheran Church Council Meeting – 2017_09_12 Congregation Update

Also attached is a Financial Summary. This is a simplified summary view. When reviewing the Financial Summary, there are some key notes to understand as you are assessing our current outlook.

  • August is the start of a new school year. Tuition is starting to come in, however, there are sometimes slight delays in the full payments showing up in the August statement. There is also a slight delay in reporting the actuals verse budget for the School Affiliate funding.
  • The Duel Site Revenue is a summary of the various grants we have received in the past for the Life Site and the ECM (Early Childhood Ministry). There are no more funds in the Life pledges as that was officially completed last year.  Also, the ECM grant is down to $25,000 this year. To date, we have not yet transferred any of the grant dollars to the UB income, but that will happen over the course of the year.
  • offerings in the month of August are typically slightly less than normal month due to it being a Summer month. We usually see an increase starting in the month of September. We do encourage members to consider moving to the Simply Giving. This is the program which you can electronically set up your offering giving. This helps our congregation see the offering income spread more equally across the year, as well as use us better forecast our full year outlook.
  • In looking at the year to year comparisons, it may look like our current year is running significantly behind last year. This is primarily due to $80,000 in offering income which ended up in July 2016 instead of June 2015. The end of June is the end of our fiscal year, so when we compare between the years, we need to account for this anomaly. So we were to adjust last year’s offering number, we are actually ahead what we received in offerings at this time last year.
  • From a compensation view, we will see some slight savings due to not have a full time School Principal. Currently Ron Helmers is providing part-time Principal support and Beth Laska was brought in this year as a supplement teacher helping out with the upper classes.
  • Currently, we have $16,691 in our Reserve Fund.

Overview from a financial outlook, there are no major issues we see this month. We will need to continue to monitor the School income over the coming months, especially the school affiliate support. We also encourage members to consider their regular offerings to ensure we meet the needs of support all the various Resurrection & Life Lutheran ministries and mission work.

Draft 1 Page Financial Summary Aug2017

Church Council – August 2017

Church Council Updates

In August, the Church Council did not have a formal meeting. Action items and issues were shared amongst Council members during the month.  The attached August summary show an update to our scorecard information as well as our 90-day “Rocks” (which are quarterly objectives), and our open actions and issues.

Resurrection Life Lutheran Church Council Meeting – 2017_08_28

Vision/Traction Organizer (10-Year Plan)

Mission & Plans

Over the past 2 years, we have talked about doing a Ministry Assessment. In God’s perfect timing, we were blessed to have a couple Grace In Action consultants, who work with other WELS congregations, come in mid-March 2017 to work with our Church Council leaders for a weekend. They introduced us to the “Vision/Traction Organizer (VTO)”

So what is this VTO?

  • Strategic Planning Process
  • Help better understand our Church Mission
  • Put vision into plan to help us know where we are going and how we will get there

Vision/Traction Organizer is built on our Core Values:

  • WORSHIP…. Worshiping the Lord
  • CONNECT….. Connecting with God & Other through studying his word
  • SERVE…using our abilities and time
  • GIVE….Giving Generously
  • SHARE…Sharing the Good News of Jesus

Vision/Traction Organizer helps us focus on these Core Mission items:

  • To win and nurture souls for Christ

Our Niche as a church (what makes us unique):

  • Ministry from birth to Grade 8 (Think of Monkey Junction and the Early Childhood Ministries, along with our preschool and Elementary school)
  • We also prayerfully provide spiritual growth from cradle to grave

Vision/Traction Organizer outlines the following:

  • Building a 10-Year TARGET….(where do we want to be in 10 years)
  • Connects to a 3-Year PICTURE…..(where do we need to be at in 3-years)
  • Links to a 1-Year PLAN…. (where should be be in 1-year)

Vision/Traction Organizer is broken out into these 5 areas:

  • NURTURE…..We want to increase our members to be active in worship, connecting to God’s word, serving, and giving
  • EVANGELISM…..We want to excel in outreach….sharing our faith with others
  • SCHOOL….We want a sustainable, and growing/expanding school
  • FACILITIES…..We been discussing the past couple years about improvements to our facilities and possibility growing beyond our dual site
  • COLLABORATION….So much of our ministry here in Rochester community can be strengthen by working with other area WELS church

In addition to the 1-Year plan, we have broken down our objectives into Quarterly Rocks.  So at each Church Council meeting, we will discuss and review our 90-day objectives in our plan. This will help us get “Traction” with our “Vision”

Attached is the formal VTO document.

VTO – Rochester, MN — Resurrection.Life — 2017_07_18

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20,21

Resurrection and Life Lutheran Core Values

Mission & Plans

What are “Core Values”? 

The core values of our congregation are those values we hold which form the foundation on the mission of our church here in Rochester. We have an entire universe of values, but some of them are so primary, so important to us that through out the changes in society, government, politics, and technology they are STILL the core values we hold firm.

We have outlined 5 key ministry focus areas there at Resurrection and Life Lutheran. These are items which we share with new member as they join our congregation.

1.) Worship…pretty straight forward…focus on public worship here at Resurrection and Life.

2.) Connect…connecting with God and others as we study His Word (think bible classes, Faith Night, and even School)

3.) Service…use our ability and time to serve the Lord

4.) Give…give generously, thankfully, joyfully to the Lord for everything he has blessed us as well as continuous his work here in Rochester.

5.) Share…sharing our faith …good new of Jesus with others in our life

In our weekly Newsletter and various other communications, you will see the following banners. This will help tie back all the various ministries and activities at Resurrection and Life.

WORSHIPWorshiping the Lord


Strengthening by connecting with God & others through the study of his Word


Serving the Lord with our abilities & time


Giving generously


Sharing our faith and the good news of Jesus Christ

Master Site Plan: Life Campus (2010)

Mission & Plans

In 2010, we chose to reach out in a new area of Rochester. God blessed us to open our Life Campus at 4500 60th Ave NW.

Attached below is a full view of the Master Site Plan at the Life Campus. The existing section is in brown on the two pictures on the right side. The white shaded areas are preliminary views of what could be potentially added in the future.

Building Plan with Church