We’ve been on quite a journey the past year at Covenant Community Church. We are headed straight into God’s future for us!
Currently we have assembled and called a gifted group of to lead us in a process of Strategic Ministry Planning. This team will be working from the One workshop materials and helping us to discern God’s mission and our vision for the future. Please pray for the Strategic Ministry Planning Team in these next weeks and months.
To lean more about the journey that we have been on over the past year and a half, keep on reading the post below.
Congregational Vitality Pathway
Last September, we began walking the congregational vitality pathway–a series of workshops, discussion and more designed to help congregations become more healthy and more more missional. For us, to become more healthy means for us to be ever more pursuing Christ in our lives and to be more missional means to be be out doing the work of Christ in the world.
We kicked things off with a workshop called Veritas: Telling the Truth About Revitalization. There we learned about various life stages of Covenant Churches, ranked our health, and learned about the Ten Healthy Missional Markers for Covenant Churches. These ten markers are found in vital, healthy missional churches in high degrees. Click here to learn more.
Coming out the Veritas seminar, our Congregational Vitality Team got busy learning more about the process, hosting discussions, doing research, and praying for the congregation and encouraging the congregation to move forward into God’s future for us. Together we discovered a Biblical story (Mark 4:35-5:1) that seemed to capture what God was saying to us: have faith and Recognize Jesus is with us in the storm.
We wrote a Relational Covenant that encapsulates the promises we make to one another as we do church together.
The Team put together a brief internal assessment detailing our recent history in facts and figures, and we did some local area demographic research: report 1, report 2.
In March of 2013, we held a second workshop, entitled EPIC: Empowering People, Inspiring Change. This workshop was devoted to helping us understand the organizational, cultural, and emotional changes that accompany meaningful changes in the way that we might do church together. By learning about what to expect (and what pitfalls to avoid) as we change before making changes, we are preparing ourselves for both for a smoother and less fearful transition as we together discern God’s future for Covenant Community Church.
May of 2013 saw another important step in our journey as we came together for a solemn and energizing service of Consecration. At that service, which looked both back to the best of our past, and in expectation and hope to our future, we dedicated our selves to following God into the next generation of ministry at Covenant Community Church.You can read Pastor Peter’s article about the service in the East Coast Covenanter, June 2013.
At the outset of the summer, having committed to seeking God’s future for us at the Service of Consecration, we took a congregation wide survey–a PULSE Check–a current snapshot of our vital signs as related to the Ten Healthy Missional Markers. The PULSE Survey Results are already sparking conversations and prayer (and at least one potluck and conversation on September 15th), and providing awareness of our current reality and encouraging us to move deeper in our discipleship. You can check out our Pulse Survey Results here: CCC-PULSE Presentation. You are encouraged to carefully examine this report and attend our series of Coffee Talks on PULSE, 8:30 am Sunday mornings in October.
On October 5th, we will be hosing our next step on the Vitality journey: the ONE Workshop. One is a workshop designed to help us learn about how align our congregational culture and strategy in a unified process dependent on the Spirit’s leading. All members and attenders are encouraged to come.