Meet Nancy Tully (if you don’t know her already). Nancy is a former FUMCFW staffer who served as Director of Outreach Ministries, developed the Kenya Orphan Project, and led several trips to Kenya. Since her retirement in 2014, Nancy has continued to serve our church in a number of ways including mentoring for Kids Hope. Here’s what Nancy had to say about serving on the Focus First steering committee and her role in this process:
Q: What excites you most about the Focus First process?
It is a bottom-up process instead of top-down. Our goal and our hope is that every member of the church will have an opportunity to provide the leadership of the church with their thoughts and ideas about the future of the church.
Q: We’ve completed surveys in the past. How is this one different?
In past strategic planning processes, the leadership of the organization spent many hours and put a great deal of effort into what they deemed to be the best course for the future. There is nothing inherently wrong with that — there are good reasons that individuals are put into leadership roles. But this process should allow for everyone to have a voice in the future of the church as well as an investment in the future.
Q: What do you see as the biggest challenge to this process?
The biggest challenge is for the congregation to buy into the process. It’s not a particularly simple process, and it is a process that may challenge individuals to step outside their comfort zone. It will require a basic understanding of the process and it will require patience as the timeline for it is quite lengthy. But what an amazing opportunity the church has before it right now!
Q: What do you think is our biggest opportunity?
We are living smack-dab in the middle of a vibrant and growing city in a church that has a long and proud history of faithful action and commitment to our community.
Q: What do you most want people to know about Focus First?
For the process to be successful, they need to participate. They need to complete the survey and sign up for a Focus Group, and they need to plan on attending the leadership summit so that as a congregation we can discern the best possible path forward.
Q: What personal and professional experiences do you have that will help you serve this steering committee?
Certainly, the 14 years that I served the church as the Director of Outreach Ministries gives me an understanding of the church’s organization, but I also know many of the members and have served with them on a wide variety of projects.
Q: How long have you been a First Church member?
Brendan and I have been members since 1993 or 1994.
Q: Since you joined the church, what have you and your family been part of?
Currently, Brendan is a mission volunteer and I am mentor in the Kids Hope USA Mentoring ministry.
Q: What are you most proud of about our church?
I am most proud of the church’s history of reaching out to people living in need in our community. It was the service orientation of the church that drew us to it, and in my opinion it is simply what God calls us to do. Whether you read the Old Testament or the New Testament, taking care of our fellow man is inherent to our faith.
Q: What is your highest hope for the future of our church?
My highest hope is that we will simply knock the socks off this opportunity and emerge stronger and more faithful than ever.