What is God calling us to do and be. . . TODAY?
Did you read the recent Star Tribune series of articles on organized religion? We watch and hear of declining attendance, financial struggles, and closing churches. And we know that profound societal shifts are demanding that churches change in response to them, or die. As a matter of faithfulness to God, we all must ask what God is calling us to do and be…TODAY.
To help us find our calling, the Minnesota Conference UCC has invited our congregation to be part of a new program called Crossroads. This program builds on the work of our Discovery Team and pastoral search process. As part of a consortium of other UCC Minnesota churches, Crossroads will help help us answer this vital question.
We will work with Vibrant Faith, a Christian research-based organization that provides training and coaching. The Executive Board is seeking six to eight volunteers to be a part of this exciting journey.
This is a one-year commitment. It consists of four full-day retreats (Feb. 2 and three other dates to be determined) and monthly team meetings with our consultant from Vibrant Faith and a representative of the UCC Conference. We will be “looking inward” at who we are and also at how we can “turn outward.” We will consider what dreams we have for the future, and where we go from here.
Vibrant Faith will prepare participants in the Crossroads program to develop new forms of ministry and leadership. We need to respond to the changing ways people approach faith and religion in our society. We can expect coaching on ministry models, leadership skills and supportive learning communities.