In Summer and Fall 2018 we solicited visioning input from a wide range of Cedar Park United (CPU) stakeholders, including participants at the Faith Fiesta and user groups. Read on for a summary. The full text of the report is attached. This report was presented to the Board on January 22, 2019.
All the inputs were collated and analysed by a task team and Rev. Elisabeth, using a values framework including the initial four headings of the CPU’s five year plan and the Five Classic Marks of the Church (worship, learning, community, service, proclamation).
• People are generally optimistic for Cedar Park United’s future as an “open faith community” living out a Christian faith that is relevant, connected, inclusive and welcoming.
• There is strong support for the continuation and strengthening of our core Christian worship and discipleship ministries as the hub/heart of who we are called to be by God.
• There is strong support for the continuation and strengthening of ministries with young families, both on Sundays, and in theweekday/weeknight ministries of F4 and Mini Connections, Youth ministry, all shaped by our Identity and Values.
• There is strong support (and clearly articulated need) for continued and expanded ministry with Seniors, particularly to address isolation, spiritual needs, and pastoral needs related to aging, illness, death and dying.
• There is support for ministry and partnership ministry beyond our walls, particularly in the areas of
o food security (for which the kitchen is key),
o support for refugeed people,
o wholeness and wellbeing-focussed ministries,
o connecting with people of all faiths and none around shared local and global social concerns (ecology, refugee support, food security)
What next and further information
• At the Annual Congregational Meeting on Feb 24 we will shape the actions for 2019 and 2020 in focus groups based on the emerging themes, prior to the approval of the 2019 budget. Please plan to participate.
• This will be followed up with targeted actions (e.g. Food Ministry lunch & learn), prioritization of time and resources, based on the level of community engagement.
For more information see the full text of the Bubble Report as presented to the Board or talk to a board member.