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Hosanna! Annual Meeting & Vision Update

Hosanna’s Annual Meeting and Vision Update will include worship, a message, HEART ministry warehouse tours and complimentary dessert and refreshments at our Shakopee campus. Hosanna! voting partners will also have the opportunity to vote on Vision Board Nominations and additional key items pertaining to our church. Join us on October 29th for an inspirational evening! Childcare will be available from 6-8:30 pm.

During the Annual Meeting, there will be 4 items on the voting ballot for the consideration of partners: 

  1. Vision Board Nominations
  2. Vision Board Nominating Committee Nominations
  3. Hosanna! Bylaws Changes 
  4. Proposed adoption of Rejoice! Church in Northfield, MN 

Prior to Hosanna’s 2018 Annual Meeting, learn more about the key items that will be on the voting ballot. Attend a Q&A Session in-between Sunday services (starting after the 9 am service) the weekends of October 7, 14, 21, and 28. The Q&A Sessions will be held in the atrium by the fountain at our Lakeville campus and in the Nook at our Shakopee campus.

If you are not a voting partner (ages 18+) and would like to become one, please attend our Discover and Connect course prior to the meeting. Childcare will be provided. 

Annual Meeting Schedule:

  • 6-6:45 pm: HEART warehouse tours and dessert/refreshments
  • 7 pm: Worship, opening items, formal voting, message, and closing items
  • 8 pm: Close & additional HEART tours

Annual Meeting FAQ:

Why are we having our Annual Meeting in Shakopee? 

  • Much of our Lakeville congregation has never had the chance to experience our Shakopee campus. We believe it’s both important and inspirational to know that there are multiple campus gatherings of Hosanna! people committed to multiplying the hope and heartbeat of Jesus. A key Hosanna! ministry is based in Shakopee, HEART. This ministry is making a significant impact locally/nationally/globally. We believe this will be an incredible opportunity to get a visual of what God is up to in and through our HEART ministry. Come early or stay late for a HEART warehouse tour. (Tours will take place from 6-7 pm and after the meeting ends at 8 pm.)

Why are we updating our bylaws?

  • To reflect best practices for conducting a church business meeting
  • To leverage technology for multisite meetings and voting
  • Please note: you can pick up a copy of our Bylaws changes at our October Sunday Q&A sessions

Why are we exploring adoption of other churches?

  • God is calling us to multiply the hope and heartbeat of Jesus in other communities. Instead of starting a congregation from scratch in these areas, we feel led to come alongside pre-existing churches through adoption. The churches we’ve identified as potential adoptions have demonstrated long-lasting, fruitful relationships with their communities. We are confident that we could be better together.

How was Rejoice! selected for adoption?

  • Hosanna! planted Rejoice! in Northfield in 2003. They have moved to multiple locations to accommodate growth. In May of 2018, their lead pastor took a call to another church. The Rejoice! Vision Team reached out to Hosanna! and Community of Hope (CoH) to ask for pastoral coverage while they consider options. Since mid-June, Per Nilsen from CoH and Dean Swenson from Hosanna! have supported staff and the congregation for their pastoral needs. The Vision Team considered options to call another pastor or enter into an exploration of a partnership with Hosanna!.  An Adoption Exploration Team assessed the opportunities and challenges for both organizations, and unanimously recommended that we proceed with the adoption. The Hosanna! Vision Board and the Rejoice! Vision Team approved this assessment and agreed to move forward with the adoption process.

What is required to adopt another church?

  • Our Bylaws state that the Hosanna! congregation must vote on any transaction exceeding $500,000.  Because the value of the Rejoice! building and land exceeds this amount, Hosanna! is bringing this to the congregation for your consideration. Key leaders are conducting a building inspection, a financial review, and an appraisal as requested by our legal counsel and auditors.

What will it cost to adopt Rejoice!?

  • As of the adoption date, Hosanna! will assume ownership for all of the assets and liabilities of Rejoice!. Hosanna! will invest in production and facility upgrades using existing funds. We will not incur additional debt for these upgrades.

What is the current financial status of Rejoice?

  • Rejoice! is a healthy, self-supporting and generous congregation. Currently, Rejoice! has an annual budget of $500,000 with $125,000 of total debt and an estimated market value of $842,200.   

Who will be the Campus Pastor at this location?  

  • We are in the final stages of selecting a Campus Pastor. Hosanna! leaders will update this FAQ and communicate the decision as soon as we finalize our selection.

What are the adoption benefits for Rejoice?

  • Ministry Focus: Instead of having to focus on content development, systems, and administrative support, the campus staff will have more freedom to focus on the ministry programs, developing relationships, and making disciples who make disciples.
  • Central Support: As a larger church, Hosanna! has central systems for vision casting, resources, training, accounting, personnel development, human resources, care for grounds, building maintenance, etc. to support the campuses.
  • Leadership Pipeline: A multi-site strategy minimizes the impact and risks involved with pastoral transitions in a single-site church. It also allows intentional opportunities to build future leaders.

How will this help us in reaching the churchless in the south metro?

  • It frees up campus teams to focus more on ministry implementation and people development (i.e. equipping people for ministry), while the central teams focus more on systems, administrative support, and curriculum development. (Acts 6:1-4)
  • It expands our reach with ministry that we strongly feel is Jesus-centered, Spirit-led, and Kingdom-minded.
  • It will provide greater accessibility to people who already have a connection to Hosanna!, but live in Hastings, Farmington, Northfield, Elko, Dundas, Cannon Falls and the surrounding areas.

What is the potential adoption timeline?

  • Hosanna! congregation will vote at our annual meeting October 29
  • If the vote is positive, integration planning phase begins
  • January 1, 2019 is the target date for adoption, which is the start of our integration phase
  • Individual ministries will then assess and determine the best timing to implement any changes

What about Community of Hope in Rosemount? Are we still considering an adoption of CoH?

  • Yes, we are still in discussion with CoH, using the same process of exploration and consideration. When the CoH Board of Directors and Hosanna! Vision Board are in agreement to move forward, we will bring this to the congregation for a vote. At this time, we anticipate a vote in January of 2019.

Who can I talk to if/when I have questions about these adoptions?

  • For any additional questions, please stop by our Q&A sessions or contact Jennifer Ford, Executive Director of Ministry Services and member of the Adoption Exploration Teams, at