This story was created out of a culmination of many months of effort and ideas from two separate retreats, study team reports, appreciative inquiry focus group sessions, and other discussions, which many of you in the congregation had an opportunity to participate.
Ideas presented in the story fall into two Overarching Themes: “Permission to Pause” and “Reaching Outward to Connect People with God’s Abundance”.
A Question & Answer session was moderated following the reading of the Future Story. Congregants received a hard copy of the story to review for the first few minutes of the Q&A and had a chance to write any questions that they had on index cards. Then the questions were answered by the members of the writing and editing teams of the Future Story.
The index card questions that were asked are currently being answered in written form and will be presented for all to be able to see and review. There will be many opportunities for additional questions to be asked throughout the implementation of the Future Story. More information will be forthcoming as to the various mechanisms that will be in place to ask questions and also where the answers will be posted/located.
We’d like to thank everyone for their participation and support in getting us to this point in our Bedford First Christian Church’s Future Story. Stay tuned for the next steps of attempting to live into the Future Story! Exciting times to engage in working through the details of how to make this dream a reality!
All are welcome! All are needed!