WHAT IS THE ANTIOCH PARTNERSHIP?
The Antioch Partnership is a collaborative process of helping a church assess its current reality and engage in creative conversations that result in increased clarity about new ministry opportunities, strategic stewardship of the church’s resources, and increased impact in the communities it serves. The Aldersgate Leadership Council has discussed the partnership and has approved the adoption of the process. This is not a cookie-cutter process. It is tailored specifically to the needs of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
There are three phases of the Antioch Partnership:
Assessment – Through Table Talks, the congregation will share about where the church has been, the strengths of the church, concerns, and about hope for the future. Through demographic studies, data will be compiled to help with the Discernment phase.
Discernment – With the data received in the Assessment phase, the Steering Team will prayerfully determine strategic imperatives for the mission of the church. Once those imperatives are approved by the Aldersgate Leadership Council, teams will be developed for each strategic imperative.
Engagement – The teams developed for each strategic imperative will work with a coach, who will be compensated by the Montgomery-Opelika District. In that process, a Strategic Ministry Plan will be developed for each strategic imperative.
WHO IS THE ANTIOCH PARTNERSHIP?
Rev. Bill Kierce will facilitate the process. Bill has over 25 years of church leadership experience in a variety of church settings. He currently serves as the Director of Congregational Development for the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. Bill will facilitate the Steering Team’s work as well as the Table Talk discussions.
The Antioch Partnership is guided by a Steering Team, approved by the Aldersgate Leadership Council. The Steering Team will participate in Table Talks, in the compiling of information, and in the decisions regarding strategic imperatives. They are:
Dr. Brian Miller
Rev. Bill Kierce
George Mingledorff, ex oficio as Lay Leader
WHEN ARE THE TABLE TALKS?
These 90-minute, conversational sessions will be led by Rev. Bill Kierce. Please sign up here (Table Talk Online Signups). The dates, times, and locations are:
Monday, February 24 in Christian Activities Center | 6:00pm
Thursday, February 27 in Room 22 | 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 6:00pm
The Aldersgate Leadership Council (ALC) has responsibility for directional leadership of the church toward the mission. For that reason, the ALC will be informed about the work of the Antioch Partnership’s Steering Team. The ALC will also determine the strategic imperatives as developed by the Antioch Partnership’s Steering Team.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?
Because of the Aldersgate UMC’s outstanding history of supporting connectional ministries of the Annual Conference through paying apportionments and serving alongside conference agencies, there will be no cost to Aldersgate. Rev. Bill Kierce is employed by the Annual Conference for this work. When consultants are brought in regarding strategic imperatives, they will be compensated by the Montgomery-Opelika District.