HTLC Vision 2021

This three-year strategic plan focuses on the tenets of our mission statement--Helping, Teaching, Loving, Connecting. Our goals help to drive the ways we live out our faith in the community and the world and to be good stewards of all God's blessings to our congregation.

Completed Goals



Goal: Serve the Community with a Stronger Connection/Impact

  • Members of the congregation and others completed Racial Equity Training
  • The documentary, "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope" was screened to explore how to help those who experience toxic stress
  • Habitat for Humanity Apostle Build with other area congregations
  • Increased financial support for NC Mission congregations in Charlotte and Cherokee

Goal: Promote Generous Stewardship & Maximize Impact of the HTLC Foundation

  • Hearts on Fire Stewardship Campaign
  • Planned Giving Workshop with Deacon Mitzie Schafer

Goal: Partner with other Churches & Lenoir-Rhyne University

  • Participated in Ecumenical Good Friday Service
  • Continued ecumenical Outreach food program



Goal: Expand Adult Discipleship, Education, and Small Groups

  • Recruited new members to the Faith Formation Team

Goal: Provide Early Childhood Development

  • Pre-School Security Project
  • Pre-School Co-Directors attended annual Evangelical Lutheran Educators Association conference
  • Grew enrollment to 50+ students
  • Hired a floating teacher

Goal: Develop Staff, Cultivate Leaders, & Equip Disciples

  • Called an Associate Pastor



Goal: Unite the HTLC Family

  • Held Cottage Meetings with the congregation to listen and learn
  • Wrote new Mission and Vision statements
  • Established strategic goals and objectives
  • Developed a 3-year Action Plan (currently in progress)

Goal: Preserve Our Legacy & Restore Our Majestic Building

  • Purchased staff computers
  • Replaced Chapel projectors
  • Exterior Painted (doors, railings, signage)
  • North side of building cleaned and sealed 
  • Waterproofed and sealed area between Saints' Hall and Nave

Goal: Update Constitution, By Laws, Policies, and Guidelines

  • Child Protection Program
  • Gift Policy
  • Worship Leader Manual/Handbook



Goal: Invite & Engage New People into our Family, Worship, & Ministry

  • Engage our community and make connections through word and deed
  • Reach out to inactive members and encourage them to reconnect with us

Goal: Raise the Profile of NewSong and Grow Attendance

  • Promoted special NewSong worship events
  • Offered NewSong on some Sunday mornings

Goal: Ministry with Seniors

  • Began providing free meals for Trinitarian quarterly meetings
  • Installed 2 new AED devices in the building