2017 25 September

Exploration Team and their Purpose

Posted in Steinbach United

For everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven”   Ecclesiastes 3:1

 Another season has come and gone and we are quickly moving into Fall. What a wonderful place we live with four beautiful seasons, always changing and evolving! And so it is with life – both as individuals and as a community. Steinbach United is in the midst of that change and evolution. It is an exciting time as we once again consider what we are meant to be about and how we will live out that calling.

As we are all aware, we are without a clergy person at this time. Our board made the decision to take this coming year to explore who we are as Steinbach United Church and then begin the process of calling a clergy person to assist us with our dreams. To that end an Exploration Team was created. Our names and contact information are at the end of this letter. We are building on the work that has already been done by the Ad Hoc, Transition and Affirming Teams over the past few years. Last October there was a survey completed by 41 people – an amazing number for a group our size! Plus 24 people attended the “Mission and Vision” workshop in November and another 16 attended the “Looking to the Future” workshop in May. Thanks everyone for participating! Your wisdom is helping to shape our future.

Conversation Circles In order to engage all of you in these decisions we are beginning with Conversation Circles – a time to gather with a few friends to talk about Steinbach United. We will be encouraging each person to share a story of a “best” experience of church, or of your spiritual or life journey. From these memorable experiences, and building on the words of wisdom from the surveys and the workshops we hope to determine what defines us as Steinbach United Church. We need your voice! Please say “yes” when invited to one of these gatherings.

 Next steps

Once we have a consensus on our focus, on what defines us, we will begin to consider what that might look like and what our priorities will be for the next few years – much like what we did in 2010 during our Rebooting exercise. Watch for ways to be involved in the coming weeks!

Then, we can determine how to enable this to happen – what leadership we need, both paid and volunteer – as well as the structure that would best support it. Exploring shared ministry will be part of this step as per the board motion. What may be shared, and how, is still a question.

 Exploration Team

 Gay Boese, Mary-Jane Orr, Ken Paton, Ally Klassen, Doug Enns, Marilynne Funk, Dennis Coley,  Carmen Koepke