We are practicing listening to God together. In order to come up with our annual Map during the Pentecost season, we need everyone’s ears, heart, and voice. We are discerning what we think the Holy Spirit is calling us to be now and where to move next. You can track our progress here.
Our process is like making cheese.
Step 1: Begin with Healthy Soil and Healthy Cows
The cell is the base of spiritual health and reproduction. God offers us spiritual milk. We begin as a healthy organism in a healthy environment together.
Step 2: Collect and Refine the Milk
It takes about 10lbs of milk to make 1lb of cheese.
◉ The cells have two meetings to use how they need to answer the same questions. They add them to our container before April 28th. The pastors sort into general categories, have a framework of themes by May 8.
Step 3: Add Cultures to the Mix
Starter cultures, enzymes (catalyzers) are added.
◉ During the Leadership Team Training at 2007 Frankford Ave. we’ll do some more discernment and add to the mix.
The proto-cheese is given time for the enzymes and cultures to do their work.
◉ The pastors add distillations from the meeting by May 19th. Online and informal discussions happen as the Map begins to have a basic direction.
◉ Visit here for the online and informal discussion.
Step 4: Allow the Cheese to Take Form
Separating the curds (solids) and whey (liquids).
◉ Before June 10, we will see three different drafts of our goals as the Map forms. Here’s the drafts so far:
First Draft of Goals – Here’s the first draft with comments.
Second Draft of Goals – Here’s the second draft with comments.
Third Draft of Goals – Here’s our third draft of goals.
◉ On June 10, we will get specific on how we’re going to achieve our goals. The meeting will have four sections and will take place at 2007 Frankford Ave. Come for one, multiple, or all sections!
9:00am-11:00am: Children’s Plan training
11:30am-1:00pm: Capacity (buildings, how to use money from businesses/buildings)
1:45pm-3:15pm: Compassion (Good Businesses, Good Storytelling of compassionate work we’re doing)
3:30pm-5:00pm: Church Planting (how are current efforts going, methodologies, branding, possible next plants)
Process with seasoning, adding form, gaining a distinct trajectory for type of cheese.
◉ Our 2017-18 Map is taking shape with refined ideas, final touches. Online and informal discussions, as the pastors take the lead on putting our ideas into writing. Nate and the Capacity Core update our budget.
Step 5: Enjoy What Was Made
Breaking out an actual cheese spread for the council meeting and following Sunday meeting on June 25.
◉ The Council meets on June 19th at 3800 Marlton Pike, 7:30pm. The Council represents the whole church—we all are part of it. When we call together this meeting, we are meeting to finalize and approve our Map, including our goals, proverbs, and budget for the year. Come join us to celebrate the good work God had done over our process and get sent into the future together!
Here is our proposed 2017-18 Map.
Here is our proposed Budget.