2021-2022 Mission & Vision

OUR MISSION

As a Church without Walls it’s our desire see people experience the ministry of presence so powerfully that their lives are transformed by God’s love.  We are a ministry team of hope-filled individuals who love God, love people and are wanting to see God’s promises fulfilled through pastoral support.  

OUR VISION

As ‘One Body,’ we stand in our FAITH in God; inspire hope and self-reliance in America’s most vulnerable; and demonstrate the intent of these scriptures:  

  • “[We] are the light of the world.”  (Matthew 5:14a) 
  • “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me”(Matthew 25:35-36). 
  • “…Whatever [we] do, [we do] with all our [hearts], working for the Lord, not for men, since [we] know it is God [we] are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24) 

We do this through ministry, personalized housing, health, and human services that benefit vulnerable individuals, their families, and the community. 

The Ministry Team will focus on Initiative #1 of VOACC’s Strategic Initiatives: to enhance VOACC’s Culture making it a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture with a satisfied workforce,  

GOALS 

  • Serve the needs of the whole person (mind, body, and spirit) 

[e.g., Spiritual Gifts/Stewardship] 

  • Provide occasions for courageous Conversations.  

[e.g., Monthly Healing Conversations] 

  • Build a community of HOPE.  [e.g., Moral Injury Training/Facilitation] 

FY2021 – Grow our Ministry Resources. 

  • Refine and make available CORE Ministry Services by 6/30/2021 which include: 

o Worship Services o Bible Studies o Education & Training o Spiritual Lay Leaders Program for Ministry Support o On-Call Phone Tree for Pastoral Care and Support 

  • Create a Ministry Resource Guide and publish on website and intranet by 6/30/21. 
  • Develop Marketing and Communications plan to promote ministry programming and resources both internally and externally by 6/30/21. 
  • Host focus groups within VOACC based on spiritual gifts inventory and define roles in the ministry based on groups of people according to their spiritual gifts – by 6/30/21. 
  • Create a values-based book of guidelines around what it means to be a “ministry of presence” by 6/30/21. 

FY2022 – Expand our Stewardship Ministry Reach 

  • Increase the utilization of CORE Ministry Services within our church without walls by 6/30/2022 which includes: o Worship Services o Bible Studies o Education & Training o Spiritual Lay Leaders Program for Ministry Support o On-Call Phone Tree for Pastoral Care and Support 
  • Add 1-888-Minister Toll Free Line to Core Ministry Offering by 12/31/21 
  • Develop and train more spiritual lay leaders – Ministry Team will be responsible for this action – by 12/31/21. 
  • Create plan for outreaching to other churches and religious organization to offer ministry opportunities – by 12/31/21. 
  • Execute marketing and promotional plan (year 1) for internal audiences by 12/31/21. 
  • Develop plan and launch ministry programming to local clergy to support their congregations’ needs related to trauma informed care, mental health check-ups and other clinical services. 12/31/21 
  • Identify and develop a referral system—coordination between ministry clinical teams on needs assessment training for specialized training beyond our ministry teams by 12/31/21. 
  • Expand ministry programming to local clergy to support their congregations’ needs related to trauma informed care, mental health check-ups and other clinical services by 6/30/22. 
  • Organize and implement a hospitality outreach plan for the community, clients and employees as a part of our core ministry service programming by 6/30/22. 
  • Continue to organize focus groups within VOACC and now including volunteers/faithbased partners in the community based on spiritual gifts inventory and define roles in the ministry based on groups of people according to their spiritual gifts – by 6/30/22. 
  • Plan and execute the 1st Annual VOACC Stewardship Ministry Celebration in a “revival” format by 6/30/22. 
  • Buildout an intern tract for divinity schools/local seminaries to support the VOACC ministry team with the delivery of services by 6/30/22. 

FY2023—Impact the Communities Through Stewardship Ministry 

  • Increase the utilization to all service program of CORE Ministry Services within our church without walls by 6/30/2023 which includes: 

o Worship Services o Bible Studies o Education & Training o Spiritual Lay Leaders Program for Ministry Support o On-Call Phone Tree for Pastoral Care and Support o Add 1-888-Minister Toll Free Line to Core Ministry Offering o Hospitality Outreach Ministry 

  • Develop and train more spiritual lay leaders – Ministry Team will be responsible for this action – by 12/31/22. 
  • Actively outreach to other churches and religious organization to offer ministry opportunities and build partnerships– by 12/31/22. 
  • Execute marketing and promotional plan (year 2) for internal audiences by 12/31/22. 
  • Launch referral system—coordination between ministry clinical teams on needs assessment training for specialized training beyond our ministry teams by 12/31/22. 
  • Resource and expand the ministry team staff to support increased programming by 12/31/22. 
  • Continue to organize focus groups within VOACC and now including volunteers/faithbased partners in the community based on spiritual gifts inventory and define roles in the ministry based on groups of people according to their spiritual gifts – by 6/30/23. 
  • Plan and execute the 2nd Annual VOACC Stewardship Ministry Celebration in a “revival” format by 6/30/23. 
  • Expand ministry programming to local clergy to support their congregations’ needs related to trauma informed care, mental health check-ups and other clinical services by 6/30/23. 

Metrics to Measure Success: 

Method 1:  Anecdotally — Share testimonies, success stories and informally track how many people come to us looking for ministry support. 

Method 2:  Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s): 

KPI1 –We will grow the number of ministers and spiritual lay leaders by 25% year over year annually. 

KPT2 — The ministry will be 90% financially self-sustaining by 6/30/2023. 

KPI3 –Our Benevolent Fund for community support will grow on average year over year by 25%         annually.  

KPI4—Grow days of ministry service from X to Y by 6/30/23 

KPI5 – Increase outside community-based ministry programs from X to Y by 6/30/23 

KPI6 – Awareness of VOACC being a church without walls increases 50% in the community and measured by a survey by 6/30/2023.  

Note: VOACC Chaplains, Ministers, and Spiritual Lay Leaders implement the commitments.  Ministry Team Members include: Candace Vanderwater, Carlos Duran, Christle Baker-Gill, Damien Johnson, Daniel Oladele, David Greever, Davina Alston, Donna Cheung, George Lino, Jim Sents, Joseph Bachota, Keturah Parker, Leonard Clay, Lillie Harrison, Lionel Gloster, Margarita Arroyo-Guzman, Matthew Wright, Michael Jones, Mercy Faturoti, Miradette Herbert, Mona Magruder, Nicole Jones, Patricia Bunting, Raquel Fleming, Richard Bontz, Rory Jones, Russell Snyder, Sharon Jones-Eversley, Tanea Manning, Tiana Joyner, Zulema Joseph 

“… May the God of peace, [continue to] equip us with everything good for doing His will and may he work in us what is pleasing to Him, …”  Hebrews 13:20-21 

Provided by: 

Reverend Russell K. Snyder 

Reverend Sandra Trice Gray 

March 2021