October 2019 Leadership Team Minutes

October 2019 Leadership Team Minutes


Date/Time/Location: October 14, 2019 at the Ministry Center

Present:  Jeff Guenther, Jay Justmann, Kevin Rasmussen, Steve Abramowski, Ron Takacs, Jim Vogel, Jason Seiberlich, Pastor Bill, Pastor Ben

***Please Note: Due to the schedules of Leadership Team members and pastors, the Leadership Team did not meet in September.


Our meeting began with a brief devotion about prayer.  God listens to all prayers.  Prayer works and is very powerful.  Pray often!


The focus of this meeting was to review our mission and core values, and then discuss next steps for ministry and people at Victory.

Mission, Values, and Strategy

Mission: Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory.
Tagline: Your victory starts now.
Core values:
– Welcoming
– Generous
– Pursuing excellence
– Connected
– Fun
– Identify three needs in the community and act on them.
– Identify three locations to multiply Victory and act on one.
– Engage at least 80% of our people in worship, groups, serving, going

From Programs to Paths

We then reviewed the Unstuck Book that we have studied as a Leadership Team. Chapter 3 in the Unstuck Book is “From Programs to Paths”. The church needs to change from just an organization that offers lots of programs to a path of discipleship. The Unstuck resources encourage churches to make this transition. When our members are on the path, they will become mature, Christ-following believers.

Gather- Worship on Sunday’s as a group in awe of God.

               Groups- Small group Bible discussion groups.  House to house, honest relationships.

               Grow-Personal Bible Study.  Read on your own.  Individual devotions.

               Give – Giving of time, talents, and treasureGive from your hearts.

               Go- Personal mission to the lost.  Pray for and invite the unchurched.


  • Staffing: Victory has hired two new staff members: an Office Manager and Financial Assistant.
  • Debt Reduction: We continue to determine how to best utilize LINKED funds and plan to pay down the mortgage at the end of the calendar year.
  • Community: We continue to look for ways to love our neighbors and support our community.

There will be a LINKED update in church (followed up by a written update) in November.


We will have services on Christmas Eve at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00pm. There will not be any services on Christmas Day.  We encourage everyone to partake in services at our local WELS churches.

Facilities Updates

Water Line Work

As you have noticed with the construction in front of church, the water line for the neighboring new construction has begun.  Victory is richly blessed that we are able to pay the $71,000 that we were required to pay in order to fund the water line.

Office Expansion

We are continuing to get quotes to expand the office space in the Ministry Center.  The quotes are currently in the $15,000 to $23,000 range.  More updates to follow.  The space is desperately needed, especially with our two new hires.

New Leadership Team Member

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Steve Abramowski for his time on the Leadership Team.  Steve is continuing his education, along with family demands, so he is going to step aside from the Leadership Team.  We will be filling Steve’s position very soon.  Thank You Steve!

Looking Ahead

Our next meeting will be on November 11, 2019.

Any questions or concerns, please contact anyone on the Leadership Team:

Jim Vogel 414-975-0844                     Jay Justmann 414-507-4548
Ron Takacs 414-510-4805                  Jeff Guenther 414-313-0805
Steve Abramowski 414-915-6951      Jason Seiberlich 920-420-5192
Kevin Rasmussen 262-332-1184       Pastor Bill Limmer 608-556-1757
Pastor Ben Sadler 414-380-2090