BECOMING A “SOULFUL” CHURCH
There was a time when it was organizations with the longest view that thrived, devising five, ten, and even twenty-year plans for themselves. Working toward those plans helped to clarify the direction of the organization and the roles of all the staff relative to the goal.
How times have changed! The organizations that succeed nowadays are those with the shortest view, not the longest. They are structured for speed: fast on their feet, imaginatively entrepreneurial, responsive to the latest cultural shifts and market changes.
To ask what the next five years might look like for us here at St. Stephen’s is risky business because, really, none of us know. But we might identity a direction, such that we are working towards a vision of the future, even if that vision must constantly be tested and altered along the way.
The question we are asking ourselves about the next five years is: What would it mean for us to become a more “soulful” church? In last Sunday’s sermon Brian our Rector identified “soul” as a word that has potential for describing the kind of church we are. It means that we are more interested in the quality of life here and now than in some future glory. We celebrate a God who is with us in our everyday lives, loving us deeply. It means we enjoy this world and work to make it a better place.
What do you think it would mean for us to be a more “soulful” church?