The Pomona Hope Ministry Group felt called to a time of discernment in 2016. Members of the committee have been part of the ministry group for many years and felt the need to reevaluate the direction and purpose of the ministry group.
Bob Linthicum agreed to walk us through a process of discernment. The first question we explored was whether or not we wanted to continue as a ministry group. We asked ourselves if the work we set out to do as a ministry group had been accomplished. We reviewed our then current mission statement, “We partner with Pomona Hope through prayer, volunteer recruitment, financial requests and support, and seeking other creative ways to advance the work of the programs.” We asked ourselves if we personally felt called to the ministry. The group reaffirmed their sense of call to the ministry and a sense that the work was not yet accomplished.
We then asked if we felt the ministry group could be a more effective partner to Pomona Hope. The ministry group has been integral to the life of Pomona Hope for the 13 years it has existed. The ministry group agreed that the needs of Pomona Hope have changed slightly over the years. For example, our ministry group began as a primary source of gathering financial support. Pomona Hope has since taken the lead on fundraising, including all details of the annual fundraising gala. Our ministry group has begun to feel a stronger call toward direct engagement with the ministry. So we decided to develop a new mission statement for our ministry group.
Therefor the new mission of the Pomona Hope Ministry Group is to, “Facilitate partnership and create engagement between LVHPC and the ministries and community of Pomona Hope.” From the mission we developed goals GOAL 1: Maximize direct contact of LVHPC members and Pomona Hope community while continuing to increase financial support to Pomona Hope. GOAL 2: Become an increasingly effective advocate for Pomona Hope’s staff and volunteers. GOAL 3: Ministry group members will have growing relationships with Pomona Hope kid(s) and/or parents. Out of these goals we established steps for the coming year.
The Pomona Hope Ministry Group ended 2016 feeling excited and hopeful for our continued partnership with Pomona Hope. In light of goal #3 the ministry group participated in the annual Christmas party at the PH center. For many of us it was the first time we had seen the kids for several years. It was a meaningful and fun opportunity to be reminded of why the ministry group exists.
The Pomona Hope Ministry Group remains committed to the after-school tutoring program, summer enrichment program, volunteer appreciation and support of fundraising efforts. We have a new sense that our work must also include direct contact with the people we seek to partner with. We look forward to relationship building being a distinctive function of our ministry group moving forward.
Members of the ministry group: Barbara Allison, Stephanie Boles, Brian Ebersole, Jonny Eveleth, Tanya Eveleth, Liz Hawisher and Alan Thompson.