"To restore all people to unity with God and each other." - Mission of the Church
The vestry, staff and committee chairs gathered over the weekend to participate in a 'Mutual Ministry Review' (MMR). Betsy Aylin of Bright Water Consulting led the consultation, along with the recent parish survey. The MMR allowed us to examine the results of the survey, as well as set some goals to respond to the needs that were raised.
The value and depth of our sense of community was affirmed throughout the survey. The desire to remain diverse and welcoming was heard, even as we seek to improve upon these aspects. Some of the needs can be addressed very quickly. For example, the survey affirmed the need for some improvements to our campus, as we set about this work in the Capital Campaign.
There was a lot of energy around improving our communication, particularly within our community as well as to those around us. The MMR allowed for some brainstorming that I believe will lead us to some solutions that can be implemented in the next month. Additional communication improvements will be developed in the next few months as well.
There was also affirmation for much of the formation that is offered, with a hope that we could develop a few specific things. This work takes some time, but we anticipate a comprehensive formation plan to be in place for the fall. It will include some changes to what we offer on Sunday morning and more.
Throughout this process I have learned a lot. I am grateful for your commitment to Ascension, for your completion of the survey and for your patience as we implement change. I will keep an open mind, open ears and open heart that God may guide us as we seek to be at unity with God and one another.