Discerning Our Future
On April 14, Todd’s sermon “Band Together: Deepening” spoke directly to the work of the Future’s Task Force (previously the Re-Imagining Task Force). We heard him tell us:
- Band Together to get us where we need to go.
- The Challenge of change
- Do what it takes to keep our dream alive.
- What are you hungry for?
- What do we long for?
- What breaks your heart?
All of this is being explored as we work toward a report for the Church Council in October.
The task force is composed of 17 church members including Catherine Foote from Leadership Staff. Each member works in one of five small teams.
One of the teams will study staffing including our history of staffing, how other churches of our size staff, and what our congregational needs and feelings are regarding current and future staffing.
The Research Team looks at the future church and what the research tells us about churches now and in the next 5-10 years and how that speaks to our staffing needs.
The Worship Attendance/Membership team is looking at trends at UCUCC. Why do people come to church and why do they leave? How solid is our membership?
Our Congregation Listening team will survey the congregation for where we see our strengths and weaknesses and where we may see a need for change.
And our last team, Reflections/Consultant will look at how we can use an outside source to discern our specific needs.
Peter Ilgenfrtiz’s leaving left us sad, but opens us up to new possibilities. We will “band together” to discern the leadership to lead us into the future.