Congregational Tasks

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* 1. Listed below are a number of tasks that a congregation likely performs. Please respond to each item by indicating what emphasis you believe GPMC places on the task.

  Too Much Emphasis Appropriate Emphasis Needs More Emphasis
Providing a meaningful experience of God and the Christian tradition in worship
Using effective language, liturgy, and music to express the Gospel in worship
Providing Christian education for children and youth
Providing Christian education, Bible study, and other educational programs for adults
Helping members deepen their personal, spiritual relationship with God
Sharing the good news of the Gospel with others
Engaging in acts of support and service to persons in need
Encouraging members to act on the relationship of the Christian faith to social, political, and economic issues
Providing a caring ministry for the sick, shut-ins, and the bereaved
Providing pastoral care and counseling to help members deal with personal problems
Providing fellowship opportunities for members
Helping members understand their use of money, time, and talents as expressions of Christian stewardship
Supporting the global mission of the church/denomination
Helping members discover their own gifts for ministry and service
Participating in activities and programs with other local religious groups or congregations
Expressing and embracing our denominational heritage and tradition

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* 2. Overall, which THREE tasks does GPMC do best?

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* 3. For your own personal involvement at GPMC, which ONE task of the above would you like to see strengthened?

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* 4. In order to carry out its ministry, every congregation must deal with certain organizational issues, such as making decisions, sharing information, and developing resources. Listed below are a number of statements describing such issues. To what extent do you agree or disagree that each statement describes GPMC? A "Don't Know" response is provided, but please use it ONLY when absolutely necessary.

  Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know
Members are well informed about what the various teams/committees and groups at GPMC are doing
The activities taking place at GPMC are well publicized to the local community
Study of the needs of the congregation and community is regularly undertaken as the basis for GPMC planning
Members and groups get significant support and encouragement for trying something new in the congregation
Members are encouraged to discover their particular gifts for ministry and service
GPMC leaders are provided the training they need for their team assignments and responsibilities
Every member who is capable and interested has an equal opportunity to hold key leadership positions
The theological and biblical implications of important decisions are regularly discussed
Important decisions about the life of the church are rarely made without open discussions by GPMC leaders and members
Disagreements and conflicts are dealt with openly rather than hushed up or hidden behind closed doors
It is easy to summarize for visitors and non-members how our congregation differs from other ones in the area
Members help each other in times of trouble
Cooperative programs with churches of other denominations are highly valued in GPMC
The current morale of GPMC membership is high
There is a sense of excitement among members about GPMC's future

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* 5. All congregations have an identity, or a sense of who they are, that all members generally share in, and yet any individual member may stand somewhat apart from. Please rate your agreement or disagreement with the following statements from your own personal perspective looking at GPMC's overall identity and vision.

  Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree
Our congregation's identity, as it is, is one with which I feel comfortable
It is easy for me to tell my friends what is unique about our congregation
I have a clear understanding of what our church stands for
An effective effort was made to instruct me in our church's mission
I have a strong sense of belonging to this congregation
Being at this church has made a difference in my spiritual life

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* 6. In your judgment, how high or low a priority would you like each of the following to be for the way GPMC could be involved with community social issues?

  High Priority Moderate Priority Low Priority No Priority
Providing or supporting social services for persons in need
Providing meeting rooms in GPMC's facilities for community groups working on various concerns of the community
Encouraging the minister to use a portion of his/her time working with community groups
Calling attention to social, community, and world issues from the pulpit and in study groups
Organizing advocacy or action groups
Linking interested members to denominational, ecumenical or non-church social service or advocacy programs
Giving money to denominational programs and missions
Giving money to ecumenical or nondenominational programs
Helping organize or support disadvantaged groups to advocate for their own needs
Speaking to business and governmental officials about peace and justice issues
Partnering with other faith communities
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