I have spoken to many of you directly about doing Renewal Works in 2019/2020. Some of you I just have an inkling it might be a good time to do this great process for your congregation. Before your Vestry scatters for the Summer, now is the time to get them on board for doing Renewal Work launching either in September 2019 or January 2020.
The dates are :
September 15, 2019 (sign up by August 4, 2019)
January 26, 2020 (sign up by December 6, 2019)
To share more with your Vestry, send them the Renewal Works link prior to your next meeting. http://renewalworks.org/
To recap the basics:
Approximately 4 – 6 month process that yields a heightened awareness and personal commitment to spiritual growth as the foundation for congregational development.
Congregation members take a ½ hour online Spiritual Life Inventory that yields a snapshot of the spiritual practices of your community as it is right now, and reveals the greatest areas of potential growth.
A team of 9 or more members (including clergy) to be the focus group for the four conversations. A lay facilitator of the meetings, and an administrator/logistics person on team.
Four meetings lasting 1 ½ to 2 hours, at your church, on your schedule on the four topics: Where have we been, Where are we now, Where do we want to go, How will we get there.
Two meetings at the Diocese to begin with an orientation, and to end the process with a group sharing of what they have learned and possible synergies in God’s call.
The program costs $500. There is some assistance available if congregations find it necessary.
I can’t tell you how much value the congregations that have done Renewal Works are finding in their clarity and capacity in planning and carrying out a revived sense of mission and ministry for their congregations.
As you may have heard, all the programming, speakers, and trainings I am doing revolve around the Renewal Works process and are all integrated and mutually supportive. It’s a beautiful thing to have structure and progression in your development!
Please go ahead and register! Let me know that you have done so and put Tuesday September 10th at 6:30 or Tuesday January 21 on your calendar for thel kick-off celebrations and Renewal Works orientation for the Fall or Winter congregational teams.
Praying you will join in the journey!
The Rev. Canon Claire Woodley / Canon for Ministry Support