The following represents a five-year vision plan for Pullen Memorial Baptist Church as proposed by the Deacon Council. This document is not intended as a full strategic plan as it does not specify measurable outcomes. If the Congregation approves the vision outlined in this document, other committees and councils will be involved in developing a thorough plan for implementation of this vision.
The Deacon Council feels strongly the vision outlined in this document supports the purpose and mission of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church as specified in Articles II and III of our Constitution. Those Articles read as follows:
Identity and Organization
This church is a Christian community, holding to the basic Baptist tradition of democracy and the right of the individual, under the guidance of God’s spirit, to the free exercise of conscience and faith within the voluntary association of like-minded believers. This fellowship strives to give witness to God’s all-inclusive nature while affirming that our story is grounded in the life and teachings of Jesus. This church seeks community and renewal in doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)
The affairs of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church shall be the responsibility of all members, who shall discharge this responsibility by democratic action, according to this Constitution and Bylaws.
It shall be the purpose of this congregation to worship God; to communicate God’s love by the preaching and teaching of God’s ongoing revelation; to promote the reconciling and redemptive work of Jesus in individual and social living, and in the care of God’s creation; to nurture one another and to maintain a fellowship of mutual concern and respect; to provide instruction concerning the nature of God as revealed to us most clearly in the teaching and ministry of Jesus and in Christian literature, history, and the ongoing life of the church; to foster a vital faith able to meet the challenge and change of the total life of our community, nation and world; to bear creative witness to the historic Baptist principles of individual choice of relationship to God, separation of church and state, and the autonomy of the local congregation; and to support God’s work with gifts, prayers, and actions.
Hope in Action Vision Statement
This world desperately needs Pullen, and we are uniquely capable of serving a growing number of needs–the Millennial generation, faith in the arts, caring for creation and the growing immigrant community. Pullen has all the resources, history and positioning to continue being a vibrant hub of spiritual growth and faith dialogue. We have a legacy of being a strong voice and presence when it comes to advocating for issues of social justice or justice-love and for being a welcoming and inclusive congregation. Our story is one of building community within and outside of our walls.
Goal – Care for One Another
In accordance with our purpose of nurturing one another and maintaining a fellowship of mutual concern and respect and to provide an environment where all people struggling with isolation and family estrangement may come and find a supplemental family of choice to love and encourage them, we will continue to develop a targeted strategy for making our community, our facilities, our skills, and our hearts available to those most vulnerable. [By end of year 2015]
Goal – Arts and Faith
To enable Pullen to work with the larger Raleigh arts community to explore the arts and faith with the purpose of more fully providing insight into God’s all-inclusive nature and a creative outlet for the worship of God, we will establish a $25,000 Faith and the Arts fund through designated giving. [By end of year 2016]
Goal – College Connections
In accordance with our purpose of communicating God’s love by the preaching and teaching of God’s ongoing revelation, we will hire a staff person whose responsibility is to establish a presence on the area college and university campuses to reach out to that community. [By end of year 2017]
Goal – New Member Mentorship
To foster the integration of new members into the life and identity of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, we will establish a New Member Mentorship program that gives witness to God’s all-inclusive nature and affirms our story is grounded in the life and teachings of Jesus. Responsibilities for planning and implementing this program will be shared by the Deacon and Congregation Care Councils. [By end of year 2015]
Goal – Faith and Culture Forums
In order to continue our work of promoting the reconciling and redemptive work of Jesus in individual and social living and in the care of God’s creation and to address pressing global issues as they relate to faith, spirituality and culture with special emphasis on the environment, we will establish community forums on Faith and Culture in addition to the W.W. Finlator Lecture Series. [By end of year 2016]
Goal – Interfaith Connections
To strengthen our interfaith connections and to more fully appreciate the worship of God by all people of faith, the Deacon Council and pastor will work with other groups in the church to nurture those relationships. [By end of year 2018]
Goal – Intergenerational Events
To foster a vital faith able to meet the challenge and change of the total life of our community, nation and world and to strengthen relationships within our church community, the Coordinating Council will plan and host quarterly church-wide intergenerational events that celebrate the fun of being together. [By end of year 2014]
Goal – Child and Youth Leadership Development
In order to bear creative witness to our historic Baptist principles and to ensure that our children and youth are interested and able to become church leaders, we will explore and implement programs to engage our children and youth in leadership positions and possibly create a leadership center for children and youth. [By end of year 2018]
Goal – Immigration Community Partnerships
To discern ways that Pullen can become more involved in supporting the immigrant community, especially with children and youth, and to fulfill our purpose of seeking community and renewal through doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God, we will explore and seek partnerships with the Raleigh Latino community. Keeping in mind that there are over 120 distinct ethnic/language immigrant groups in Raleigh, we acknowledge that the Latino community is just a starting point. [By end of year 2015]
Communications Vision Statement
In order to sustain our church, to fulfill our purpose of communicating God’s love, and to give witness to God’s all-inclusive nature, we must be willing to let others know that we are a different kind of Baptist church: open and affirming, welcoming of all, biblically oriented, theologically liberal, and social justice minded. We cannot be shy about our understanding of the gospel and who we believe we are to be in the world. It is important that we present ourselves to the world in ways that are authentic to our history and our values.
Goal – Presenting Ourselves to the World
To share our identity as a church with both internal and external audiences, by the end of 2014 we will develop a comprehensive communications plan, with full implementation by the end of 2015.
- We will continue to share who we are and what we are doing through the traditional means of newsletters, church updates, weekly emails and our church website.
- We will share information about church events and news, and increase knowledge of Pullen’s values by encouraging and expanding the congregation’s use of social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit and other means.
- We will utilize online crowd sourcing as a way of raising funds for individual projects.
- We will tell Pullen stories that best express our values as a faith community by developing and promoting videos for YouTube, Flickr and other media sharing internet sites.
Financial Vision Statement
In order to fulfill all of our purposes, the community of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church will respond to the financial needs of the church with commitment, generosity, and a sense of purpose that we are making a difference in the world as people of faith. By supporting God’s work with gifts, prayers, and actions, we will affirm the necessity of our own financial health as we seek to share our resources with others.
Goal – Debt Retirement
To free up as much giving as possible to support the purposes stated in Article III for programming and missions, we will begin a 3-year debt retirement campaign in the spring of 2014 and celebrate retiring all debt in September 2017.
Goal – Building Maintenance Fund
To ensure that the upkeep needs of our current facilities are well met, we will create a building maintenance escrow fund of $75,000.