2018 Ministry Plan

Good Shepherd = A Team of Disciples

Good Shepherd is a congregation of disciples. That's who we are by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. Six words describe the impact that Jesus has in the life of each and every disciple: GO - CONNECT - GROW - TALK - GIVE. These six words also define the ministry of Good Shepherd.

GO Spread the good news of Jesus to our world

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 โ— Matthew 28:19-20

This is talking to people about Jesus. Developing a relationship. Pointing people to Jesus in the Bible. Inspiring and encouraging one and another to fulfill the great commission.

We are in the process of accomplishing this by pledging support and/or providing assistance through:

  • Northern IL District LCMS
  • Good Samaritan assistance
  • Federwitz Bible Translators
  • Manhattan Mission
  • Voice of Care
  • Voice of Hope
  • Lutheran Church Charities
  • Cookie Ministry
  • Membership Review & Encouragement

CONNECT To God and one another in worship

Luke 22:19 โ— Matthew 28:19 โ— Acts 2:42 โ— Hebrews 10:25

CONNECT is another word for worship. Worship is when God speaks, we listen; When God gives, we receive; When God acts, we respond; Worship is a two-way experience. Worship is not doing God a favor. Worship is doing ourselves a favor because we need what God alone offers us.

We plan to worship:

  • With Sunday services at 8:00 a.m. & 10:46 a.m., as well as weekday services during the summer.
  • With special services at Christmas, Easter, Lent, Advent, etc.
  • With enhanced music at each service.
  • With audio and video support at each service.
  • With special community mailings at Christmas and Easter.
  • With enhanced web information.

SERVE to meet the needs of others

Luke 10:29-37 โ— 1 Peter 4:10-11 โ— James 2:14-17

Serve to meet the need of others by creating opportunities for people to roll up their sleeves and do something for someone else in the name of Christ. Inspire compassion through our work and the work of others.

We plan to serve by:

  • Supporting the Frankfort Food Pantryย 
  • Contributing to the Good Samaritan fund
  • Sunday morning refreshements
  • Lutheran Emergency Response Team
  • Bible class meetings for shut-ins
  • Community Pancake Breakfast
  • Community Church Picnic
  • PASS support
  • Altar Guild
  • Preparing service bulletins and support material
  • Faciliating AA and Weight Watchers meetings
  • Plan to serve community Thanksgiving Dinner

GROW in the knowledge and love of our Lord and one another

Ephesians 4:14-16 โ— Romans 12:22

GROW is the broadest of all categories. We remember that spiritual growth only happens as a result of God's work through his Word and Sacraments. People need to be in worship and in God's word. This is especially true for parents and children in their homes.

We grow through:

  • Sunday morning Bible classes
  • The Cradle Roll
  • Crochet / Knitting group
  • Secret Pals
  • Discipleship Teams
  • Confirmation and Adult classes
  • Sunday School
  • Today's Light Bible daily reading
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Ladies Bible Classes
  • Men of Integrity
  • National Youth Convention

TALK to God in prayer regularly

1 Thessalonians 5:17 โ— Acts 2:42

Talking with God regularly is spending quality time with our Lord. We intend to broaden our perspective to include all people - even our enemies - as the Bible tells us. Our prayers will include our government and leaders, our congregation (family of faith), schools, the lost, parents, pastor, etc.

We intend to:

  • Deepen our prayers to include others and not just ourselves
  • Ensure that all our events are surrounded by prayers
  • Assist others in comfortably relating to our Lord through prayer

GIVE in response to God's love

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 โ— Matthew 22:21 โ— Malachi 3:8-10

GIVING financially in response to God's love demonstrates our appreciation for the many blessings our Lord has provided as we have been blessed beyond all measure. Our financial contributions also allow us to invest in God's kingdom - inside and outside of our congregation.

We intend to:

  • Give at a sacrificial level
  • Encourage tithing
  • Give to special programs and projects throughout the year as special nees and opportunities are brought to our attention
  • Encourage contributions from special projects


Downloadable 2018 Ministry plan word file : https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/gseval/attachments/130302/2018_Ministry_Plan.docx