Each autumn, our Steward Team takes a weekend away together to pray, listen, storytell, and dream about our next steps as a family of sojourners learning to walk in the way of Jesus for the good of the world.
Our time is spent creating space where we can listen to each other, the voices of our community, and the promptings of the Spirit to come to a shared sense of the direction into which we must push forward during the year ahead.
This year, we've framed this focus as our horizon line.
The horizon is our continual guide as we press into the future. We constantly look to the horizon for guidance, clarity, and next steps. It shapes our conversations, meetings, rhythms, and pace.
We sought a horizon that neither aims too high (trying to accomplish in a year what could take a lifetime) nor too low (setting out to accomplish in a year what might take a week or a month).
A horizon line is not static but dynamic. While we believe we can reach the horizon we've defined for the coming year, once we arrive at that point, we'll seek to discern and set out toward a new horizon that comes into focus as we step into our next season of continued faithfulness in the trajectory God's set forth for us.
As we look ahead to Spring and Summer 2016, our horizon line is as follows:
To further clarify and define how we intend to move toward this horizon line, we've outlined several signposts - defining objectives - that will help move us closer to the horizon.
This horizon's signposts are:
To reimagine our Gathering as a propelling/sending place.
To focus creative connections and storytelling around the extending and cultivating life.
To equip and activate everyday influencers.
To leverage The Global Immersion Project as a continued opportunity for cultivation.
To seed collaboration in neighborhood centers.
To clarify our staff structure and initiate the processed to fill that structure.
We'll continue to clarify, communicate, invite, and co-create the specific next steps in each of these areas we push forward toward the horizon.
We want this to be an initiative of the Open Door family, not just Steward Team! As a first invitation into more conversation and action around our horizon, Steward Team will gather after this Sunday's Gathering at Extreme Pizza to talk more about questions or thoughts you might have about our next steps forward.