Envisioning Our Future Together
Whenever there is a change of pastoral leadership in the life of a congregation, there is anxiety, uncertainty and there are expectations. In our tradition, we see this as a transition time that needs proper and careful reflection by membership and leadership. The session of the church is wise to provide an opportunity for the congregation to reflect upon the recent past and look to your future. What is God calling you to be and do in the future?
Scripture suggests "that people without a vision shall perish". If you do not share a unified vision of where the church is going, then it is extremely difficult to identify leadership to assist you in your quest of faithful service to Jesus Christ.
During the interim period (time between installed pastors), the congregation and leadership need to thoughtfully and prayerfully discern where God is leading you as a faith community. Only after this vision is clear are you able to call a pastor to lead you toward that vision. The church should not wait for a new pastor to declare the vision. The leadership should discern God's call and seek a pastor who can assist them in reaching their vision. Remember, the continuity is the congregation, not the pastor.
There will be several opportunities for you to participate in a visioning or mission study to determine how First Presbyterian Fairfield will discern God’s will for its next installed Pastor. It is vital that we get as many as possible to participate because your voice and your insights are important. Listening sessions will begin April 24 and continue through May 20. The schedule can be found below. Sign-up during coffee hour starting March 24 or call the church office.
If FPC were to disappear tomorrow, would anyone notice? If yes, what unique things do you offer that would be missed? If not, that would be cause for concern.
During these sessions we will seek to answer questions such as:
Looking in the rear view mirror (past)
- What have been the church’s greatest accomplishments in the past 5 years?
- What was the most important challenge or problem the congregation tackled in the past few years?
- What opportunity did the congregation miss in the past couple of years?
Looking in the bedroom mirror (present)
- What should be the top priority for the congregation and leadership of the church?
- How are we able to attract new members to our church?
- What is the biggest gap between what this church claims it is and what it actually is?
Looking through the windshield (future)
- What do you hope will be the most striking difference about the church in the next 5 years?
- Five years from now what will the church’s members consider the most important legacy of our current church membership?
- What is your dream for the future of FPC?
What qualities are you looking for in a new pastor/head of staff? (Academic background, experience, theology, preaching/teaching focus, leadership style, and pastoral care style).
Wednesday, April 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, May 1, 10:30 a.m.to noon
Saturday, May 4, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 5, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. and 7.00 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday, May 20, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.