For those who were directly invited to this blog I would like to share a couple of thoughts and instructions.
First, what are my goals with using this? My goals for this would be to build community among the leaders of all three congregations. I believe the goal of each church is the same, how we accomplish those is where there are differences. So the goal of the church is to make disciples of Christ. There are NO OTHER goals. Jesus was pretty clear in the the goal to “Go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 29:19) So that is the goal, how do we get there?
I believe we began by working toward building a team. A team that involves people from all three churches working together in various ways, utilizing the technology we currently have to the best of our ability, as well as our individual gifts. I know there are many cliches about being a team, but the most important one right now is there is No I in team. One way we keep the I out of team is keeping each other accountable building toward accomplishing the same goal.
One thing we have all heard from our DS has to do with laity stepping up to do the ministry that has typically been left for the pastor to do. This is not an indictment of any sort, I know all of you have busy lives. So what can we do to make this work most efficiently? I believe we think it will be harder than it really will be. For instance, visitation. While I would love to have time to drop in on everyone in all three churches weekly, this isn’t a reality for anyone. So we find people that would like to become part of a hospitality team or visitation team or what ever name we decide for call it, that would be willing to visit the sick. By the way, this is already being done for many of the parishioners, as there are those who are their caring friends who make sure to visit. Or how about this idea. The leaders divide up the regular attendees of the church and if they are not there 2 Sundays in a row, they give them a short call Sunday after noon. It doesn’t need to be any longer than a commercial break during the Sunday afternoon football game. For many in the congregation these are the kinds of things anyone could do that wouldn’t take much intense training.
I know we don’t like meetings, that is why many churches have streamlined most of them into a covenant council type leadership committee. Yet there are many things that go undone in the mean time. So we will be considering more efficient ways of communicating. Some things can wait until next month, but there are some things that shouldn’t.
I am going to stop here for now. This is a lot to take in. feel free to offer your thoughts. If you want to email me personally that would be fine too, but if we are building a cohesive team eventually it might need to come out to the whole group.