We are about half-way through our leadership training known as "Cohorts" with Dr Mel Ming. This has been a sometimes painful exercise as we have been forced to examine and decide our purpose statements, ministry model that we want to work with and other segments that will help us set the direction and agenda of our local church body for many years to come. Recently, I posted a blog about Willow Creek and their process of "Repentance" and reformatting their programs, even though they have been one of the most successful stories in modern Christian churches. Our new book assignment is "The Life You've Always Wanted" by John Ortberg.
It is interesting, that although our church congregation is approaching ninety years of age, we must examine our mission and purposes to make sure we are in tune with what the Holy Spirit is saying and the direction He wants us to go. This entire process will take about three years to complete and will need to be re-visited from time to time just as many successful churches are doing.
May God help us (Me--You--All of Us) to "hear what the Spirit is saying to the church". I really believe we don't have another generation to complete all that God wants us to do..what we do, we must do quickly!