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Transition Team Report

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It looks unlikely that I will produce a blog post this week, which is ok, because the Transition Team’s report is complete and has been shared with the congregation, so I thought I’d post it here as well. It contains plenty to think about without me adding new stuff.

Here is a review of what led to the creation of this report. I (Pastor Pete) presented to the Team members, over a number of months, my observations made from visiting and interacting in the congregation. We discussed them as we went.

The Team members were then each asked to make their own list of 5 things they thought were most significant. Those lists were blended together into this report.

It was presented to council (including incoming members) at their last meeting, and it has been printed and shared with congregation members via their mailboxes. Council now has the responsibility of ‘owning’ these observations as valid, and then coming up with ways to address them.

The report, I realized after it had been presented to council, confuses some people because they might have been expecting something different. Some seem to have expected a more technical “How to fix the problem” report, or a more theological defining of the issues and their solutions. Neither of those are within the Team’s mandate, authority or ability. Council has the authority. What in fact the Team has produced, I realized, is a list of adaptive challenges for the council and entire congregation.

TransTeamFinalreportedit.docx

 

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July 2014 “where we are in the process” update

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As I put in my last few minutes before officially starting a two week vacation, it seems a good idea to create a post updating you on where we are in our Transition Process at this time.

Here is the description of that: http://wp.me/P3etrg-ge

 

 

Relational theology creating dissonance for Doctrinalists

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Well, I’m not going to promise my brain a week off from having to write a blog post. Because instead of taking a break I’ve been overflowing with new thoughts, and now have produced a second one for the week.

This one is very crucial and timely, so I chose not to wait with it (I could have just saved it and published it next week, but it is relevant to some discussions we had at council, for instance, so I did not want too much time to pass. I believe it explains some of why some people have some trouble relating to and understanding my preaching style.

Here it is: http://wp.me/P3etrg-f3

In Formation vs Information

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I have lots of thoughts and ideas rumbling around in me after Easter weekend and then a retreat. I wrote a post that puts two of them out for you to consider.

Our conference speaker Graham Standish spoke about how many churches believe that sharing information is what the sermon and church teaching is all about, and how the church needs to relearn instead the value of Spiritual formation. As he spoke about that I began to see that my approach to preaching and the shaping of worship services focuses more on the second one while you in general as a congregation might be expecting the first.

Here’s the link to the page where I explain this: http://wp.me/P3etrg-eq

 

R before T

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Yes, a bit of a mysterious title, but that’s a way to pique your curiosity and have you feel compelled to follow the link.

I am in a time when I am making many new theological and scriptural connections, and even though I have a gut sense it might be time to slow down in presenting you with new-to-you interpretations and understandings, when God has me in a phase like this when many things are converging into ideas and applications that make sense, I just have to share them!

So here are this weeks thoughts: http://wp.me/P3etrg-5x

I Re-organized things…

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Today I made two changes to this blog.

I created a separate page to log the sermons I have preached. At the top of the home page on the blog, off to the right, you should see the word “Sermons” and all you have to do is click on that to go directly to that page.

I also created a new page that I plan to use as a space to put reflections, questions, observations and other articles that arise from things I notice in the congregational life of Nobleford CRC. That too has a ‘tab’ or ‘heading’ on the home page, more toward the middle of the page. It’s name may change, but it will likely have the word “Articles” in it. You can hover your mouse over it and it will show you a list of articles that you can chose one from. Of course, right now it only shows the first one, called “Grat(ing) Expectations.” Move your mouse over the one you want to read and click, and it should show up for you.