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During these months of summer, we have the opportunity to focus our attention on the future. We will be spending time together discerning God’s call to Trinity Lutheran Church in the next decade. This is a creative and exciting process. It tries to mine our history and our current experience en route to imagining tomorrow. This process is urgently important because it is used as a screening device for candidates for the pastoral offi ce in the future. But it is even more important because it helps you know who you are and what you bring to the relationship with the new pastor in the future. These are vitally important to a really healthy and balanced relationship and to a creative and balanced ministry for the future. 

Church Unique: Documents, Videos, and Presentations that relate to our meetings and discussion will be posted below week by week.  If you miss a week, please watch the previous videos and join us for the conversation.

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2016-07-10 Church Unique Workbook

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2016-07-10 Church Unique Week 1 Discussion

An introduction to the Church Unique process. It will explain the fundamentals behind the conversations we will have and will begin to move us into substantive discussion. We will try to come to some consensus about the identity of Trinity Lutheran Church and begin to talk about our future in ways that are locally specific and cosmically significant.

2016-07-17 Church Unique Week 2 Discussion

The Week 2 discussion is a continuation of the Week 1 discussion...

2016-07-17 Church Unique Week 2 Whiteboard Update

The Week 1 and 2 discussion documented and translated.

2016-07-24 Church Unique Week 3 Discussion

The Week 3 discussion is a continuation of the Week 1 and 2 discussion...

2016-07-31 Church Unique Week 4 Discussion

We will spend time reviewing the obstacles to the creative process in our conversation. We will be aware of the pressures of time, of competency, of consumerism, of addiction to new thinking, and people too tired to think, and the temptation to steal others’ ideas and plans as ways of tripping up the process on which we embark. Issues we will consider are things that destroy vision – silos which destroy communication -- things that are over-harmonizing in our building process, the idolatry of church budgets, the power of going forward together, the vitality of listening carefully to one another, and the synergistic capacities of team building.

2016-08-07 Church Unique Week 5 Discussion

The notion of the kingdom concept tries to find the appropriate description of context. Mancini calls this local predicament. Th en the gift s and skills of the congregational community, which Mancini calls our collective potential and the particular charisms we have been gifted by the Holy Spirit, which Mancini calls our apostolic Esprit and gives us a whole host of questions which provide fodder for good conversation in each of these areas. Important conversations will consume both this week and next week, which will provide opportunity for real clarity.

2016-08-14 Church Unique Week 6 Discussion

This important conversation tries to build boundaries for our mission conversation. It concerns itself with mission motives, mission measures, mission mandate and mission map. It is within these boundaries that our mission language will take shape. Think of it as a puzzle where you carefully pick out all of the straight edge pieces and make the outline of the puzzle before you try to fi t the rest of the pieces together.  It will be helpful to look at the details of each of the sides of the frame and their points of discussion.

2016-08-21 Church Unique Week 7 Discussion

This important conversation tries to build boundaries for our mission conversation. It concerns itself with mission motives, mission measures, mission mandate and mission map. It is within these boundaries that our mission language will take shape. Think of it as a puzzle where you carefully pick out all of the straight edge pieces and make the outline of the puzzle before you try to fi t the rest of the pieces together. 

2016-08-28 Church Unique Week 8 Discussion

As we work towards completting the Mission Site Profile, Pastor Mann provided an overview for everyone at Trinity.

Abbreviated Mission Site Profile

The abbreviated Mission Site Profile form focuses on the important questions that should have congregational input.  Your council and Call Committee are asking for your input.   You do not have to complete all the sections.  Once you have completed the sections of interest, please put your name on it (only to be used if the Call Committee or Pastor Mann has a question) and turn it into Becca in the church office OR you can scan your answers and email them to the Call Committee Chairperson, David Luethy dbcsluethy@sbcglobal.net.

Please have your Mission Site Profile form into the church office or emailed by 9/14/2016.

 

Once the Call Committee has compiled all the submissions and has written a unified Mission Site Profile, the document will be sent to all members for review.  Pastor Mann, the Call Committee and the Council will call for a congregational meeting sometime in October in order to discuss the completed Mission Site Profile, make changes, and then approve the submission to the ELCA.

 

It is important for the majority of Trinity members to participate in this process.  Please take the time needed to help us move forward.

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