Of course, this new staff position which we hope to create will not be filled by Ramona. She already has a day job!
We are currently in the dream stage of Our Future Story and we have made no move to hire a Program Coordinator. Our thoughts are that in the future, we would use this role as an overall coordinator for all of our church activities inclusive of youth development, etc. Additionally, the volunteer base could be used in conjunction with the role so that one person is not handling all activities that we develop in the future. We have not budgeted nor determined our financial ability to hire for this role.
Will additional pastors be needed? And staff?
Again, our determination of additional staffing will be based on our choices to pause certain ministries and encourage new ministries. Be aware that during our Study Group time in our community, our discussions and research indicated that many groups in our community have a dream for a Future Story and many of those dreams co-ordinate with ours in terms of reaching out to those in need with love, compassion, assistance , etc. It is possible that we could co-ordinate with many of these groups and be a PART of the overall plan, which gives us the opportunity to complete our dreams and assist with their dreams. Potentially a lay person would be available, whether in our church or in a co-op arrangement with another church, to fill some of the additional needs: such as a youth service in the church, or a second service in our church.
Future Funding? Projected budget?
As we are in our initial dream stage, we have not nor can we project a budget for many of our Future Story plans. As we move through each phase from the standpoint of prioritizing what our congregation wishes to see happen, and determining what is available in terms of funds – both from our budget and from other sources such as grants, awards, and collaboration with other agencies – we can determine necessary funding and budgeting. We may not be the agency funding some of our dreams, but may simply be the space provider, the organizer, the volunteer base, etc.
Where do our workers come from?
We do not have to do this alone since we know that there are agencies and community organizations that need our input and assistance and we as well need theirs. Much of the work may well be provided by these other agencies and organizations, while we simply provide the space where this work will take place.