For the last 8 months, we have been engaged in a Mission Study at New Hope. It started with a congregational survey and focus groups (remember those?). We did some work with our demographics and had a consultant come in to lead a few retreats with the staff and some leaders in the congregation. The plan was to have a set of bold strategic directions in time for the 25th Anniversary of New Hope. It was a good plan.
It just wasn’t what God had in mind.
Somewhere towards the end of our second leadership retreat, we realized that while we had plenty of great ideas, we weren’t ready to set course. We decided we wanted to engage more of the congregation in the process. Instead of unveiling strategic initiatives during our 25th Anniversary celebration, we would involve as many people as possible in a Congregational Conversation.