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Church 360 Survey

Our church is asking some important questions this week. We value your answers. We want you in the conversation! We are seeking to discover our people’s opinions and experiences in a variety of areas, so that we can determine our readiness as a group to step out into signi cant new mission endeavors. To take the Readiness 360 survey go to:

Enter our survey code: 7461613698

It will take less than 20 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by midnight, Monday, November 21. Members of the Whole Church Initiative Team will be available after service to help you take the survey.



Learn and Pray – 2

Our second Learn and Pray section focused on our study book The Good and Beautiful Community.  We explored deeply the call for Christian communities to be peculiar, in that they often are counter cultural.  Our time began with a focus on where we saw God in our community over the last week.  A focus on how Christianity is not about prescriptive practices, but instead about creating discipleship methods that help people form their own conclusions on God-Filled living.  During this session we finished the ” The Deep Dive” and explored deeply what it might look like to create church that embraces new ideas and quickly finds ways to share God’s love through community and connection.  
 
Some things the group learned:
 
“We might want to have a summer gathering at Spring Meadow Lake!” -Berma S.
“Strongly encourage life outside the pews.”
“Pushing my envelop…and liking it.” -Heidi Gold
“Inclusive” -Bill A.
 
 



 

What is WCI(Whole Church Initiative)?

 
Leading us into our future, a 9-member team made up of St. Paul’s and Covenant UMC members will be participating in the Whole Church Initiative(WCI).  The Whole Church Initiative process will help us seek the future of HUMM, of Covenant and of St. Paul’s as we work together to help share God’s love in our community.  Two years ago our Yellowstone Conference Bishop and District Superintendents greenlighted a two-year trial of the cooperative we know as Helena United Methodist Ministries(HUMM).  HUMM has borne fruit in our Bridges program, shared discipleship and spiritual education, in increasingly shared Mission work, and an incredible unification of pastoral leadership.  As we are entering the third year, with Pastor Marianne’s retirement coming in June of 2017, the Bishop and District Superintendents have asked us to more clearly discern our future through WCI.  This process will give guidance to the conference leadership about what clergy leadership will best support our new and growing ministries and help our churches chart our future of ministry.unnamed

 

This process is built on the idea that there are no easy fixes. Moving congregations to greater vitality will take dedicated and prayerful work from clergy and lay leadership working in partnership.  The WCI process was developed by a pastor from Billings, Montana, Rev. Jeremy Scott.  Pastor Jeremy serves as our Vital Congregations Developer in Yellowstone Conference and is helping to plant new churches and re-inspire existing churches to follow God’s call for their ministry.

 

The WCI is built to expose local church teams to a variety of information about church in the 21st century, its opportunities, and its challenges. In addition to information sharing, the process will guide congregations in identifying and executing ministry experiments that will help us better live into God’s calling for our church.  Over the next few months you will be hearing more from our team through newsletters, Facebook, email, and more. 

 

We invite you to hold our team in prayer.  Our team members are Ron Guse, Berma Saxton, Jim Fishburn, Darrell Vallance, Mike Faehnrich, Bill Avey, Heidi Gold, and Pastor Tyler.