“What is the relationship between our church and our community?”
This year’s ministry plan begins a conversation we haven’t really had. Because it’s a new conversation, we’re asking questions. Questions about the relationship between our church and our community. Please answer as many as you can.
By ‘community’, we mean the people living in the same places we live our lives. While this word is also used to refer to the connected relationships of these people, here we just mean ‘the people in your neighborhood’.
How many weeks this year have you spent in another province or country?
Let’s start conversations about the kind of relationship we have with our community…
One of the qualities of a rightly formed heart is to “relate to other people and the world in the picture of what God is doing in redeeming the world”. Let’s start talking about how we might cultivate a right relationships with our community.
Which words describe a right relationship between church and community?
(pick as many or few that describe it for you)
Which quote best captures a right relationship between church and community?
Let’s start conversations about the relationship we already have with our community…
Rather than a building in the community, our church is people in the community. Because you live in the community, you have relationship with the community, and the same goes for each person in our church family. All those many relationships are our church’s relationship with the community.
How often do you see people you know when out and about in our community?
Guess how many people in our community know you’re involved with our church?
For those who know you’re part of our church, how familiar are they with ‘form the heart’?
How comfortable do you feel talking about ‘form the heart’ when someone asks?
Let’s start conversations about the relationship our events have with our community…
Have you ever invited someone new to one of our events?
(ie: Afternoon at Timberline Ranch, Christmas Skating Party, Good Friday Hike)
Have you ever invited someone new to a liturgy?
We usually host an event for our community on Christmas Eve. Over 1000 people have attended over the past 5 years. We are taking a break this year and evaluating for 2018.
If we hosted an event like ‘Christmas Eve in the Village’ again, how many hours could you volunteer on December 24th?
Let’s start conversations about the relationship our signs and website have with our community…
When our church began in 2000, it adopted the name of the neighbourhood it intended as its focus. We’ve since moved to the Inlet Theatre and have held liturgy outside the Heritage Mountain area for nearly a decade. Less than 10% of our church family live in Heritage Mountain, and this neighbourhood houses less than 2% of Tri-Cities residents.
Does our church name provide clarity or confusion about who we are?
Have you ever encouraged someone to visit our website?
Have you shared Ryan’s or Karen’s story video?
Something we missed?
Thanks for starting the conversation with us.
Our annual celebration is November 5th. We will celebrate our community, bless our community, and continue the conversation about the relationship we have with our community.
*note: members are emailed documents related to our annual meeting, let Paul know if you are not a member but would like to be sent a copy.
Keep the conversation going,
Paul and Deanna