Dear Smoke Rise Family,
On behalf of the Strategic Vision Committee, it is my pleasure to give you an update of the work of the committee, and also be sure you know about the next church-wide listening session, which will be held on Sunday, May 22nd. It will be immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service, and a light lunch will be provided. This will be our second listening session. The purpose of these sessions is to solicit feedback from church members about the direction they want for Smoke Rise, both in the short-term and long term future. Please plan to participate.
We are learning a great deal about the church as we move through this process. Although the final recommendations are far from complete, it is clear that there is very strong interest in increasing the impact Smoke Rise can have in the community. This includes addressing questions such as what comprises our community, what the community needs are, and the best way to address those needs. This is an issue of resources and priorities and being true to our mission.
Also, the need for more effective communication is emerging as an issue. The goal is to have an informed congregation. Church members want to know what is going on, and they want simpler ways to get the information. For example, perhaps financial information for church-wide distribution could be presented in easier to understand formats. Also, some people are not getting adequate information because they do not have the electronic tools necessary to do so. This needs to be addressed. There is no doubt that significant strides need to be made in communication.
Other issues include how we can connect church members with each other, especially between various generations. Also, we plan to address the question of what are the best ways to use our buildings and grounds in order to enhance our ministry and better fulfill our mission.
So, there is much work to be done. One way you can help us is by attending the listening session on May 22nd. Please plan to join us.
Richard V. Swindle
Chair, Strategic Vision Committee