Thriving Congregations

Last year, the Church Council became aware of an initiative of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) called Thriving Congregations.  If you remember our guest preacher in October, Rev. Chris Aho, then can put a face to the leadership of this initiative.  When Chris was here in October he was able to meet with the Church Council and converse with them about this initiative.

According to CBF, “The Thriving Congregations Initiative exists to equip churches to fulfill their unique call, and by extension, thrive, in today’s chaotic world.  The organizing thesis of this work centers on the belief that thriving congregations exhibit capacities around five key traits: Compelling Clarity, Holy Tenacity, Faithful Agility, Rooted Relationships, and Dynamic Collaboration.  The Thriving Congregations Initiative’s signature ministry is the year-long, incubator-style learning community to equip congregational leadership teams to develop practices that lead toward the embodiment of the five thriving traits. Through this process, congregations will engage in Holy Experiments to accelerate learning and uncover pathways that lead to transformation.”  If you wish to read more about this initiative, you can do so here:

Toward the end of 2023, the Church Council decided to participate in the upcoming cohort of Thriving Congregations by putting together a six-person team—Randy Duckett, Lindsey McCullough, Rose Ann Pistole, Josh Pniewski, Matt Waller, and John Carroll.  Their first retreat will be February 23-25, and monthly remote learning calls will begin in March.  Please be in prayer for this team as they embark on a year-long learning experience and implement holy experiments to help us thrive in our sharing of God’s love.