Horizon 2021

2021 Focus

Moving forward again together

A COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS

Bereavement Committee
  1. Determine standardized meal and reception plans to offer to families we serve and familiarize members with those changes.
  2. In partnership with Church Council, establish roles, rules, guidelines, and expectation for our bereavement ministry.
  3. In partnership with Stewardship Committee, establish funding so that the standardized meals and receptions can include the purchase of prepared foods.
Deacons
  1. Continue to develop a process to ensure a meaningful and consistent visitation program of our homebound and others in need of spiritual care and encouragement.
  2. Grow deacon engagement in the life of our church, our congregation, and our community
  3. Developing a mentoring and training model for deacons.
Fellowship Committee
  1. Assist the Properties Committee in bringing the kitchen to a more commercial level to increase its functionality and ease of use through offering suggestions, labor and fund-raising opportunities.
  2. Coordinate with others, the Church Hostess, and other committees in providing congregational fellowship opportunities in addition to the ones currently offered during the holidays.

WORSHIPING GOD

Music and Worship Committee
  1. Create a dynamic and diverse worship experience for everyone at Westwood Baptist Church
  2. Carry our dynamic and diverse worship experience to our community and the world.
  3. Share the love of Jesus out in our community through the arts.
  4. Pursue opportunities to connect area musicians with Westwood Baptist Church.
  5. Use our musical gifts to support other committees and ministries of the church.

MAKING DISCIPLES

Christian Education (Discipleship) Committee
  1. Continue to provide short-term discipleship classes during, but not limited to the Sunday School hour, including weekday opportunities during the evening, and afternoon opportunities following worship as well. We will continue to explore avenues to increase our weekday discipleship opportunities for members and guests.
  2. Continue to support and encourage Financial Peace University opportunities during the spring and fall semesters of 2021.
  3. Provide Westwood “Nuts and Bolts” (history and function of the church) virtual workshop to help new and prospective members discover ways to engage in discipleship and ministry opportunities within the church, and increase their knowledge of Westwood.
  4. Provide meaningful and practical training for Sunday School Teacher and Discipleship Leaders, such as a Master Class for teachers, in order to support and develop their continued growth in leading, making, and growing disciples. This could include virtual training events offered by CBF of North Carolina, Raleigh Baptist Association, the Barnabas Partnership, etc., and monthly virtual events provided by teachers and leaders in the congregation
  5. Continue short-term Bible Studies and discipleship studies based upon results from student feedback, congregational surveys, and other tools designed to engage and respond to congregational needs and desires. Provide discipleship studies on a semester basis for spring and fall, and possible short summer term studies.
Children’s Ministry Committee
  1. Secure more resources for Children’s Ministry
    • Training leaders
    • Expand base of volunteers
  2. In partnership with the Personnel Committee (MinistrySafe) and the Church Council, update current policies and procedures to ensure all current and new volunteers are appropriately trained.  Micayla Neill and Amanda Allard have now completed the training. With not being in person, it has not been as relevant in this season. We plan to encourage volunteers to complete it before we return to in person activities. 
  3. Create a more cohesive approach to discipleship throughout the Children’s Department. There is some common curriculum that Micayla has shared, but not all classes are meeting and/or using. 
  4. Implement a special gathering for children (all ages combined) on Sunday mornings. There is a large room near the children’s classrooms to be able to hold these gatherings. The logistics of the gathering still need to be finalized for when we are back together.
Youth Ministry Committee
  1. Engage members and non-member youth outside of the church walls.
    • Engage our community
    • Develop/Create opportunities for engaging member and non-member youth and families
  2. Provide resources and training for youth’s parents and youth leadership in coordination with Christian Education Committee.
    • Bring in speakers
    • Provide articles and resources
  3. Expand the base of volunteers involved in youth ministry
Young Adult Ministry
  1. Reestablish a monthly event called “Second Sunday” that will provide a time and space for meal/study/discussion/fellowship for young adults.
  2. Explore the possibility of creating an in-home small group for young professionals.
Senior Adult Committee
  1. Continue to provide regular fellowship opportunities
    • Seek ways to link with nearby senior Retirement Centers in order to assist with loneliness, other social and Spiritual needs of residents
    • Look for other ways to reach out to others in the community
  2. Offer regular Senior Adult focused trips, with one spectacular trip annually when we can safely resume travel together.
  3. Develop Senior Connection Networks
    • Continue working with the Church Staff, Deacons, Sunday School teachers, and other committees and leaders to ensure that there is a supportive relationship provided to each Senior Adult at Westwood, and each is contacted regularly, consistently, and purposefully.
  4. Seniors will orchestrate an intergenerational ministry through our church networks and ministries throughout Westwood.

SHARING CHRIST’S LOVE

Missions Committee
  1. Develop Mission Partner/Relationships
    • Ensure transparency with the church
    • Clear and up to date descriptions of Mission Partners on WWBC website
    • Who do we choose to support? Why are we supporting? Where are they located? What is the impact?
  2. Growing Transformational Missions Relationships
    • Focus on missions opportunities that can transform a life
    • Become less task focused
  3. Identify Local Missions Relationships
    • Welcome House, Baptist Build
    • Have a missional impact in our local community
  4. Develop Adult Missions Education Opportunities
    • Local partners come to speak to the church
    • Utilize social/digital media to bring communication from Mission Partners to the church when necessary.
    • Educate on who they impact, why their ministry is important, and how does God call you to serve
Community Engagement Team (Planned events disrupted by pandemic. Goals remain the same.)
  1. Provide quarterly “Get to Know Westwood” events to introduce visitors to our staff and church community.
  2. Create and execute events designed to impact and engage our community.

ADMINISTRATION

Personnel Committee
  1. Lead Westwood into becoming a MinistrySafe church. This is being implemented as far as background checks and some training. Need to continue training for all church members who work with children.  Continue to review.
  2. Prepare staff to effectively understand church financial processes so that they might serve as an informed resource for the committees and teams with which they support and collaborate. – priority
  3. Develop Westwood Staff Care Plan – priority
  4. Create a Church Staffing Plan based on church size, funding, and role responsibilities; with attention to which roles should be full-time and which should be part-time. – priority
  5. Review current Personnel policies and procedures.  Due by March 31, 2021.
Placement Committee
  1. Our focus will be to identify the interest and spiritual gifts of our members especially new members, and find a place of service to match those interest and gifts
  2. Place 80% of New Members within first year
    • Committee marketing minute-spotlight for recruiting
    • Engage new and returning members –areas of interest
Properties Committee
  1. Facility Maintenance: Continue implementation of preventative maintenance contracts with our vendors, and ongoing evaluation of routine maintenance. Continue to update and maintain the outside and inside of our facility.
  2. Facility Improvements: Continue to establish security procedures, upgrade security systems, and improve current security protocols, and update or replace aged facility equipment as necessary.
  3. Space Utilization/Optimization: Evaluate our current meeting space and storage areas within our facility, and provide recommendations for improvements and disposal of unnecessary items.
  4. Professional Work Environment: Review office equipment needs; replace aging office furniture as finances allow; insure adequate space for interns; Evaluate storage usage in the office area.
  5. Policies: The Properties Committee will work to provide recommendations for reasonable usage costs and procedures, specifically our fee schedule and facilities usage guidelines. Church Council will review and act on the recommendations and consider other appropriate usage guidelines.
Stewardship Committee
  1. Recommend Comprehensive Financial Policies for Church Operations – (Still in process, plan to complete in 2021)
    • Define and Clarify Expectations
    • Determine Good Segregation of Duties
    • Provide Standardization and Transparency
    • Provide Accountability
  2. Explore Giving Options
    • Online giving with good education and support – (Completed)
    • Estate giving – (Policies have been established to allocated gift, designated account has been established for estate giving)
    • Develop communications plan for estate giving options to congregation.
  3. Review how church monies are managed and invested.
  4. Lead church-wide stewardship learning/education opportunities.