Report on Just The Categories the Congregational Input Suggested

An interim summing report by Pastor Pete February 2020

In Town Hall #6 we began some brainstorming about ways the church can connect to the community. A few more ideas were added via the Writing Wall and the congregational Survey. I took each idea or phrase and started collecting those which had similar themes into groups. Over time, it became clear what the common overall theme of the grouping was, so then I gave them titles. 

Just so you know, the lists that will eventually be under the topics focus on specifics. General comments such as: “we should be more involved in the community” are reflected in the category title. Also, comments that were more editorial or opinion without specifics are not reflected here either. So, here are, for now, just the titled categories that surfaced, and a single sentence description of the kind of items that will be found in the list:

Doing Outreach-oriented activities to make connections & relationships

(there is a long list of suggested activities, including volunteering and other ways of getting involved in the community, like working more closely with the preschool, etc.)

Becoming a Community Hub – a natural place for communal activities

(there is a long list of suggested activities, like offering sports, or summer camps and setting up a community garden)

Opening up the building to community activities 

  1. That others run

(there is a long list of suggested ways of doing this and agencies to approach, like AA or other groups, having another congregation use the building, etc)

Opening up the building to community activities 

  1. That We run:

(there is a list of suggested activities, several pointing to the “7 mile story” event as an example)

Do Something with the Property Itself

(there is a short list of suggested activities, most in a sort of “development” direction, like seeing if an agency needs a place to build housing, or selling off part of the property)

We have also done some brainstorming about ways the church can grow and help the community grow. Here are the two categories that became apparent:

Offer Educational / Growth opportunities

For ourselves

(there is a list of suggested activities like Faithwalking, CLC, discipleship and spiritual disciplines training, youth mentoring etc.)

Offer Educational / growth opportunities

For the community

(there is a list of suggestions here as well, mainly in the direction of seminars and workshop offerings on practicalities like Finances, Relationships etc.)

NEXT STEPS

One of our next steps will be to give you an opportunity to indicate which category you feel should be a priority in turning our New Vision into actions. Along with that, you will be given an opportunity to indicate the same for specific action items within a category. That part of the report is still being developed. For now it felt right to make you aware of the categories in a general way.

One thought on “Report on Just The Categories the Congregational Input Suggested

  1. Thanks for all your work on this Pastor Pete. There was a lot of material to work through.

    I’m very excited about the categories identified and look forward to the next Town Hall when we will be identifying which key categories CCC will focus on as well as some key initiatives for CCC to put into action. Go CCC!!! 🙂

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