Much of what we will be discussing this week will come from the Alban Institute's webinar "Crunch Time for the Small Church" lead by Alice Mann. I have been incredibly grateful for this resource throughout the entire process. Download Crunch time pt. 3 The parts we will be using are found on pages 13-26. Here are some supplemental slides I am adding. Download Discernment session #5
After this session, we will have reviewed all of our options. We'll begin thinking through what our next steps need to be. I have asked people what their emotional preference is in terms of our options. The question for this session is what are you willing to commit to in order to make that preference work. I think commitment is one of the major things that the church has lacked in helping to turn the corner.
After Easter I plan on taking what I've done to the Committee on Ministry in our presbytery. They know we are going through this process, but don't know all the specifics. No matter what we do, the presbytery needs to be involved, despite the church's feelings about presbytery.
The Sunday after Easter we will review all of our options and discuss a process for decision making. I'm assuming right now that this will include a congregational meeting in late May or early June. I'm hoping it will also include a lot of prayer.