State of the Church Meeting Gives Big Picture

State of the church

It’s almost time to come together for the annual State of the Church meeting, Friday, January 10th at 7:30 pm. The event gathers people from all ages and ministries to discuss the successes and challenges facing Xenos. Plan on setting aside this evening to see how God wants to engage you with the work He has for Xenos in 2020.

Unlike previous years, the Vision and Stewardship meeting will not immediately follow the State of the Church. Instead it will be held Friday, February 7th, due, in part, to plans for a shorter Annual Pledge Campaign this year. 

At the State of the Church meeting, Xenos elders will discuss the big picture, allowing people to see beyond their particular circle—the ministries and age groups—they travel in. The meeting started in the early 1980’s as a way to celebrate God’s work and see the road ahead more clearly. As in years past, the elders have been pondering trends and concerns, and those attending will get ideas for how they, and the home church they’re a part of, can contribute to improvement.

Because space is limited at the Main Auditorium, the State of the Church meeting with be simulcast to several venues. Please plan on attending at your sphere's assigned venue:

  • 4th St.: Risley, Woods, and Kate (adult) spheres
  • Main Campus: Lowery/Runk, Trident (including Eastside), Conrad (college), and Hearty spheres
  • Warehouse: Rochford, Sullivan, and Foust spheres
  • 40 Chicago Ave.: Westside sphere

Operations and Administration Division Coordinator Steve Bauer says the State of the Church meeting is the culmination of weeks of planning and contemplation. Every year church leaders participate in fall planning and budget retreats. Steve says, through this planning process, “God works us through the highlights of the last year and then where He wants to see us take new ground in the coming year, and beyond. This process, bathed in prayer and reflection, culminates with a message that’ll get shared with the church at the January meeting. In light of God’s great mercy, we will humbly share a vision of great hope for the Christ-focused work set before us.”