First Lutheran Church of the Trinity recently celebrated 150 year here in Bridgeport, and this year are excited to announce that they have entered into a redevelopment partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA. This is an exciting opportunity for First Trinity!
As First Trinity grows to be a sustainable church, it was important to define what our mission in the world would be. In early May we voted to approve our call to mission for the redevelopment process, and on Pentecost Sunday (June 4, 2017) we officially celebrated God’s renewed call and commission to the congregation.
“We are a faith community called to grow in the Spirit, love as Christ loves us, and participate in God’s liberating work of justice and peace.”
The redevelopment process is focused not only on sustainability of resources, but on creating a culture where our congregation is participating in the work of the spirit. Some changes you may notice:
- Growth – We are no longer a welcoming church. We are an inviting church.
- Discipleship- We are asking members to share their stories of faith. This started early in 2017 and will continue throughout the redevelopment process and beyond. Stories will be shared in worship, at special services, and online.
- Shared Leadership – Over the next few years we will work to have effective, functioning ministry teams.
- Stewardship – Culturally, we need to see stewardship and giving as an act of worship, as well as an act of love and solidarity.
- Contextual and Relevant Worship – We will work to make worship more meaningful and inclusive to all who attend service at First Trinity.
- Inclusivity – We will strive to include and empower those who speak a first language that is not English, those that are LGBTQ, and those who are economically disadvantaged.
Questions about the redevelopment process can be directed to email@example.com.