Tree Project Update
With the visioning phase of the Emmanuel Tree Project completed, we can now draw from those experiences to start exploring how we worship and serve. Over the next two months, we will be adding a brief workshop component to every other worship service. The goal of these workshops is to identify 3 to 5 initiatives that will transform or expand our ministry and mission. At the end of this planning phase we hope to have formed groups that share an interest or passion in those initiatives as well as identifying funding and community partners.
Here is a summary of the key dates and content for the upcoming workshops that begin this Sunday. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall and finish in the sanctuary.
April 27 – Workshop #1 – Ice Breaker
This workshop will give us a deeper understanding of our call through reflection on scripture and sharing our response. For those that have been able to identify where they are nourished or have a passion for action, tables will be setup for each area of ministry and mission. A large table will also be setup for those still trying to identify where they best fit in Emmanuel’s worship and services.
May 11 – Workshop #2 – Understanding Our Opportunity
With the help of external advisors, groups will be given an opportunity to listen and then discuss the issues and opportunities that exist for their area of interest in worship and service.
May 25 – Workshop #3 – Brainstorming
Each group will be given time to generate ideas for projects that will either transform or expand how we worship or serve. At the end of this workshop all members of the congregation will be able to identify which ideas they want to support.
June 8 – Workshop #4 – Next Steps And Planning
At this point in the planning process we will have 5 sets of tables setup for the most supported project ideas. In this facilitated session, groups will be guided through a process to layout a plan for the project and key next steps.
These workshops are a unique opportunity for us to change and shape the future of Emmanuel. We encourage you to attend as many of these workshops as possible.