The Discernment Team has been busily engaged in reaching out to you, the parish, for information that well help set the vision for the future direction and ministry initiatives for Trinity. Our common purpose and goals can be discerned through listening to each other and acknowledging that the HolySpirit is most strongly present and speaks through sharing what we believe and feel in our common life together at Trinity.
The Parish Gathering for Conversations on Feb. 4 was well attended with nearly 80 parish members enjoying fellowship over breakfast. We talked about our feelings in this time of uncertainty, and our hopes for each other and the parish as we move forward into the “wilderness” of our search for ordained leadership. The results of this day are still being analyzed, but I left with some clear impressions after our morning together.
While we shared openly about our common anxiety in changes ahead, our negative feelings diminished significantly over the course of the morning. It’s clear that when we gather to meet together and open our hearts to one another the Holy Spirit speaks and encourages us.
Our vision of who it is that God is calling to lead us was captured in posters (currently hanging in the parish hall) that depicted the qualities and characteristics of our ideal leader. Every one of us was struck by the uniformity of the 8 posters that were created at each table. We can rest assured that there is agreement in the Spirit among us!
The conversations at our tables captured by scribes were given to each member of the discernment team. We have spent the last three weeks reading through your remarks and praying to know and understand God’s leading. All of the information will be shared with you in the coming weeks as we package it into an understandable format.
We also have been asking you to respond to weekly questions that capture your thoughts and hopesfor the future ministries of Trinity.
-What are your concerns (regarding the process of transition)?
-Name up to 3 activities, programs, ministries or events that have helped you grow in your faith. What can we improve or add to help others grow closer to Christ in this church, and in our neighboring communities.
-Have you witnessed or personally experienced healing through the ministry of Trinity? Please share.
If you have not responded to any of the above questions, or if you wish to ask a question of the team, please send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In His Name~
The Discernment Team