Reverend Dawn M. Conti


From The Pastor:

What is God Up To?

Proverbs 29:18 teaches,

“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed.”

God has been good to Kanapaha Church and the winds of the Holy Spirit have been blowing! But what is God up to? In the past two years, the church has received two anonymous gifts totaling $40,000 and the session has grown by 100% from five members in 2013, to 10 in January of this year. Because of the blessings of these financial and leadership gifts, Kanapaha Church now has a greater opportunity to be witness to the love of Jesus Christ in our community and beyond. But what will future ministry look like and what form will it take? Who God would have us be and what God would have us do at this point in time? Ask 10 elders and they are likely to have 10 different ideas. Since we believe that God’s will is best discerned in community, the session decided we needed to be united by a strategic plan that was informed by everyone in the church.

On August 20th, the session will meet with a third party consultant from Macedonian Ministries as the first step in developing a five year strategic ministry plan for Kanapaha Church. At this meeting, each session member will individually share their answers to the following questions:

a. What do you like about Kanapaha Presbyterian Church? What are your strengths?

b. What challenges are you currently facing? Where could your ministry use some improvement?

c. What opportunities do you have before you? What are the ingre-dients for health and growth that you possess today?

d. What threats are you facing? (ie: what could threaten the future of your church?)

e. What is your dream for Kanapaha Presbyterian Church in the next 5 years?

f. What are 1 or 2 things that Kanapaha Presbyterian Church could do in the next year to start to make this dream a reality?

In September, two consultants from Macedonian Ministries will host small group meetings with mem-bers and friends of the church to receive your input from the same questions. Everyone’s input is neces-sary as together we discern God’s leading. From the information received from the session and the con-gregation, Macedonian Ministries will develop a report for the session’s approval, containing the follow-ing information:

a. The current state of Kanapaha Presbyterian Church of Gainesville. (A clear picture of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that characterize Kanapaha Presbyterian today.)

b. A 5 year vision of where the members and officers want the church to be in 2020.


c. A specific action plan for 2015 with 4 – 5 concrete, clear, bite sized steps for implementing a part of the 5 year strategic plan in 2015. (Note: This action plan will be updated each year to take into account the progress the church is making as well as any new challenges or unexpected events.)

A congregational “Vision Day” will be scheduled on a Sunday in November, to present a brief report about the strategic plan at both worship services as well as an in depth presentation during the Sunday School hour and after the 11 am service at a luncheon seminar. The sermon and worship service that Sunday will focus on “God’s Vision for the Future.” The Session will revise the strategic plan (based on the feedback from the congregation) and will adopt a final version at the November 19 Session meeting. The strategic plan will start to be implemented in January of 2015 and the folks at Macedonian Ministry will continue to work with the session through 2015 to develop a 2016 action plan.  God has called each of us to serve to build up the church. In order to do that, your prayers, participation and support will be needed. Everyone’s participation is important. Remember, “We are the church and individually members of it”[1].  Watch future newsletter and bulletin announcements for more specifics about this exciting process in the life of the church and please get involved!



In the bond of faith,

Pastor Dawn


[1] I Corinthians 12:27