Our May board meeting was replaced by our Staff and Elders retreat from May 3rd-5th, led by Brian Derksen (Assistant District Superintendent of the BC district of the Christian and Missionary Alliance). This means that we did not deal with the normal reports and business; such items are delayed until June.
We arrived on Friday evening and opened our time with a game together as well as a time of worship, prayer, and sharing.
On Saturday morning we spent out time doing a variety of analytical exercises with the goal of deepening our understanding of where we are now as a church. This included a S.W.O.T. analysis, the results of an online survey that some of our leaders were invited to do by the district, and a ministry purpose analysis.
On Saturday afternoon Brian led us through a vision and values training seminar. In this time Brian led us into a deeper understanding of vision and values in themselves. He also presented 3 models of discerning vision and values, as well as both recommending and going into much more detail about the process of one of those models.
On Sunday morning some of our elders and staff led us in worship, we spent time in Mark 4, and encouraging and blessing one another.
As a summary, this weekend retreat was amazing. God was powerfully at work in our team and we are looking forward to continuing the vision and values process. The immediate next steps will be to choose one of the three models presented to us and then begin to implement it. We will keep you updated on this process (including communication on Sunday mornings).