Our Mission

 

 

IMG Holy Bible.2Highpoint Episcopal Community Church is proud to be a Christ-centered, worshiping body of like-minded Christians.  Our beliefs, missions, visions, and strategies are all based on the teachings of scripture in the Holy Bible.

 

 Vision for Mission

 

We believe that God is the source of all that we are and all that we have. Therefore, we see our Mission as fostering a loving and accepting Christian community and sharing that love through the Word and example of Jesus Christ and by power of the Holy Spirit, making God’s unconditional love known through prayer, worship, formation, and play.

 

Our mission statement is best summarized by Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV):


1 "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."


Come join us in this Mission no matter where you are in your spiritual journey. 


 

Vision for Community

 

Where better to find our vision statement for a community church than by turning again to scripture?  This time, Jesus Christ himself provides the direction for our vision:


 

29  "Jesus answered, 'The most important is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

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. There is no other commandment greater than these.'" Mark 12: 29-31 (ESV).


Our Strategic Plan: Becoming a Community Church in 2017 and Beyond



 HECC is a Church on the move.  Wegrowinginfaithandnumbers

 have a plan to grow sensibly but in a way that does not cause us to lose our sense of fellowship that binds us together.  We have a plan to finance the upkeep of our facilities and to pay reasonable compensation to our clergy and staff without incurring oppressive, fixed-cost overhead.   We have a plan to transform Church of the Atonement,  like the mythical phoenix, into HECC.  Simply stated, we have a plan for a new beginning to become a "community" church. 


Traditional churches, both large and small, are failing to sustain themselves financially and grow membership and as a consequence, denominational attendance is declining rapidly across the country. Faced with these facts, we believe that we must adapt to new norms.  Read on.

 

1.         Overview of this New Concept: Church of Atonement has begun to transform itself into a non-parochial and non–mission model of an Episcopal “community” church. To underscore this transformation, we have changed our name to “Highpoint Episcopal Community Church” (or “HECC”). Simply stated, the responsibility for governance is with the Bishop through the Vicar, with the operational and missional responsibilities placed on the community rather than the vestry.  


2.         Visions:  An Episcopal-based community church is a low cost, hands-on, worshipping community with Episcopal worship traditions, theology, and norms. As such, the community church is not inhibited by hierarchical governance and high-cost overhead fueled by a continual need for more revenues from pledging. Rather, the community church is home to those who want to focus on spiritual, pastoral, and fellowship programs in a caring environment.  Christian “community” is the focus -- rather than large memberships needed to generate revenues.  


3.         Rebranding: We have rebranded with a new name that expresses our love of Christian Community. We are now “Highpoint Episcopal Community Church."  

 

4.         Business Plan:  Keep costs low. Implement a variable cost structure (where costs will vary with the level of church membership) to focus on growth to achieve goal of 50 ASA (average Sunday attendance) in 2017. In a variable cost structure, the Vicar is part-time. A variable cost structure utilizes part-time and community (volunteer) based staff. In addition, the community must take responsibility for managing repairs and maintenance and, where feasible, for actually performing repair/maintenance projects on a community basis. A key factor and advantage in our ability to implement a variable cost plan is that HECC has no outstanding debt that must be serviced each month. Our targeted revenues per month will manage all costs to budget. In addition, larger cost projects will require “hands-on” member participation and financial contributions to accomplish, as these projects are deemed needed by the community. So far, this plan is working. Thanks be to God! 


  

5.         Growth Plan: Use the emerging church and community model to grow memberships. Steps to accomplish this growth plan include the following: 


              •   Priest:  A part-time priest will help increase the size of our community. As revenues grow, we will need to increase the time (and compensation) of the priest. A full-time priest is desirable for the care and nurture of the community as it grows.  


              •   Facility:  Continue to “spruce-up” the church facility and make it inviting and warm. 


              •   Worship: Make worship more robustly Episcopal by increasing music during the service (by singing psalms, singing Agnus Dei, bringing in musicians on a frequent basis, hiring a choir, and singing the Eucharist on major feast days) and increasing prayer. 


              •   Adult-education: Make adult-education more robust and perhaps increase to two class offerings. Advertise. Improve physical settings and furnishings of adult gathering spaces. 


              •   Programs: The part-time priest will be tasked to develop, advertise, and execute programs using a community model, such that those who attend HECC will pay for all programs on a “pay-as-you-go” basis, rather than hire a full-time rector to accomplish this work. 


•   Stewardship: Speak to hearts, NOT wallets. Commit to only two financial stewardship sermons per year.  

 •   Weekly bulletin: Take it to the next level with programmatical inserts and a weekly message. 

•   Communications: Leverage the MSG weekly supper into a community weekly supper. Strive to broaden the base of email recipients and distribute a weekly newsletter, advertise in neighborhood newspapers, join targeted organizations, and hold more events designed to build-up the HECC community (using, for example, periodic food centered events, such as pancake and sausage breakfasts, hotdog/hamburger grilling events, fish fries, and barbecues). Upgrade the website. Install new signage. Follow-up with visitors. Develop a one-page brochure with key components of the HECC experience to distribute to interested persons. 

   Evangelism: Bring friends to church.

•   SermonsWill be generally upbeat, Incarnational (the doctrine that the second person of the Trinity assumed human form in the person of Jesus Christ and is completely both God and man), always non-political, focused on the risen Christ, and relevant to postmodern (changes in ways people think, especially the way they view truth and reality) living.

   Pastoral Care: Part-time priest to seek-out and build-up community with pastoral care.

   •   Leverage: MSG means fellowship; broaden the invitation. Make community garden more HECC related. Seek to convert AA attendees and bagpipe players into HECC members.

   •   Mothers Morning Out/Nursery CareOrganize and clean nursery room. Start with a low-cost, paid partner for MMO and nursery (additional contributions will be needed to cover this expense).

             •   Events: Christmas/Easter worship followed by a potluck lunch. Take advantage of non-traditional worship times. Become an event center for the High Point neighborhood community (voting station, periodic food-centered events, place for neighborhood meetings and gatherings, youth ministry, etc.).


       Critical Mass: Seek critical mass membership – an essential first step. Focus on establishing community, not quotas, in order to attract new members.

 

 6.         Hispanic Community: Continue to incubate the Hispanic community and ultimately assist them in finding their own worship home

 

 

 

 


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