On Sunday, Celebration hosted a family reunion of sorts. We hung out together after church with all the usual necessities; cold cuts, cheese slices, soup and dill pickles. It was of course a gathering with a purpose. One of the regular activities we have learned to do is gather together to discuss important matters. In the past we’ve dealt with goals and values – this time we were talking about core beliefs, name change, and a possible building program. We’ve come a long way as a family over the last five years. From my perspective, on the Board and with the staff we have had lots of opportunity to practice trusting each other enough to hold important conversations, to be able to hold different opinions and to still encourage and support each other.
Sunday was an opportunity for us to have some of those discussions with a broad group of the congregation/family. We are in a learning process as a Board, and one of the things we learned was that people need more information and more opportunity to investigate or study issues of core beliefs before coming together. We will get better at this process.
On the positive side there were some great conversations at the tables, lots of people showing their passion and commitment to this body. The turnout was spectacular. The Board will have feedback from the table notes that we can use to help us ensure that we are informed and able to act as the “trust” on behalf of the congregation.
No decisions were made at the meeting. The purpose was to gather feedback and further feedback is still welcome. The discussion guides we used will be at the glass table in the lobby for a few weeks so please pick one up, read it, and send the Board your comments. Or, please phone any one of the Board members or snag us on Sunday for a chat.
Thanks to everyone that joined us. More information about the CLC 1-2-3 project and our Core Beliefs and name change will be made available well in advance of asking members to make any decisions.