Brothers and sisters,
I wanted to take a little time this week to talk about what our Town Hall Meeting is about this coming Sunday. We’ll be meeting over in the Fellowship Hall at 3:00 to have a discussion about our vision as a church and how we want to accomplish that vision together, with a special focus on how we want to fill the opening we have on staff now that Amy has stepped down as the Minister to Children and Families.
The idea for this kind of a meeting originally came from the Personnel Team’s discussions about how we wanted to go about searching for someone to fill Amy’s position. I was working with the team on this and we started asking ourselves some questions. What are the needs the church has? What are the hopes for our church’s future? What is the mission God is calling our church to? What kind of minister would help us live into that calling?
As the Personnel Team and I pondered those questions, we began to take the first steps to organize this first Town Hall Meeting. And it was in talking with other church leaders that the idea of discussing the church’s vision came up. Where do we see Hope Valley going? How do we want to get there? What kinds of programs would we hope to see in the future? Who would be the best kind of leader to come on staff and help us carry out that vision?
These are some of the questions we’re going to ponder together as a church family. I think this discussion on Sunday will be really productive. It will give us an opportunity to dream together and imagine what our future looks like here at Hope Valley. I hope you’ll make plans to be here. Come with your ideas. Come with your hopes. Come with an open heart and mind. If you cannot make it this Sunday, please pray for these discussions. Pray for discernment as we seek God’s will for our church.
Grace and peace,