Our Discernment Process

Considering our Future:

Center Church, like many other mainline protestant congregations, is feeling the heat of the nationwide shift in culture away from organized, traditional religious expression. In the face of a shifting landscape and its effects on church involvement, our faith community is embarking on a journey to assess the landscape as it relates to our congregation and how we might proceed into the future.

Upcoming Programming for 2021-2022

Congregational Meeting: 2/20/2022

Our next discernment session will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, February 20th at 11:30am to discuss our final two paths. At this meeting, “Better Together” and “Heritage” will be discussed. The goal of this meeting will be for those in attendance to receive a better understanding of the concepts and goals of the direction presented in each path rather than hashing out the details and strategies that our group would engage in. The intended result of this meeting will be a congregational vote to decide which single path will be presented for a final vote. Please prepare for this meeting by reading through previously provided information about both paths so that discussion can proceed efficiently. The setting of this meeting is dependent on several factors and will be announced closer to the date. The path chosen will be brought to the annual meeting on March 6th for a final discussion and vote.

Our Paths:

Below are the documents that relate to each path that we have considered thus far. Each is a distinct path that pursues distinct goals, and the names of each path relate to those goals. The temptation to mix and match strategies from each is enticing, but must be avoided, as mixing and matching only serves the goal of comfort and contentment.

Better Together

BetterTogether.pdf

Heritage

Heritage.pdf