[The entire Congregational Survey can be downloaded HERE.]
Two things stuck out to the team who worked on the congregational and community surveys: People find spiritual growth at Calvin Church, and they want to connect to the local community. More than one respondent said, “Our spiritual life has grown.” Many others desired “Opportunities for the congregation to gather and serve the community.”
Love God and love neighbor. Sound familiar?
The above is an oversimplification of the results yet they represent what the team learned from the data. Calvin’s strength lies in its commitment to helping people grow in the life of the Spirit, and Calvin's area for growth is in creating ways for the congregation to know and respond to desires of those who live right around us.
The Church is more than a parking lot in which kids can play and neighbors can park. This Church is part of the body of Christ, a living, loving body passionate for raising up those knocked down and walking with those who have stumbled.
"If you are working on something exciting that you really care about,
you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you."
As I write this, the Ruling Elders are discerning a vision for the future. They’re pondering and praying as to where God is leading Calvin Church. “Where will this congregation be in five years?” A vision isn’t a blueprint; a vision is aspirational. A vision is a journey of hope based on the trust that God will guide you with love into the unknown.
Next, the Ruling Elders will create a mission statement (action plan) detailing how the church will fulfill the vision, i.e. what the members of Calvin Church will do to get to that desired future.
The late Steve Jobs (Apple co-founder) once said, “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”
COMING UP: Community Survey Take-aways