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574 S. Sheldon Road
Plymouth, Michigan, 48170

Phone: 734-453-0190
Fax: 734-453-1504
pikegami@stjohnsplymouth.org

The Discovery Process

In early 2018 the congregation of St. John’s embarked on a visioning process to discern the next faithful steps in our call for a permanent Rector.

 

We are following the program Discovering God’s Future for Your Church by Dr. Lovett H. WeDiscovery Logo.jpgems Jr. of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

 

“This approach to congregational discernment helps a church articulate a renewed vision by considering its purpose through the lens of it’s identity, it’s internal context and external context.

 

The Discovery Process is facilitated by members of the congregation. William Brave and Jayne Watson act as Discovery Team Co-Chairs, and provide updates on the program to the full congregation monthly.

 

Discovery Update message from July 15th, 2018:

 

Good Morning,

 

We want to thank everyone who has responded and participated in Discovery activities so far. We hope you noticed that the Discovery process isn’t just about a few people asking questions and collecting data. That’s only part of it, the bigger picture is that it’s a chance for us to work together, in Christian community, to build a Vision and chart our path forward, together as we discern our next faithful steps.

 

We hope all will participate in whatever capacity works for you.  In person, on paper or online, but we greatly encourage taking the opportunity to meet with others, in community, at a Discovery activity.  

 

 

If you are New, or Newer, we also have a newcomer’s survey available because your feedback is helpful to the process.

 

 

The Discovery Teams have been busy over the last 2 ½ months. Here is an update of where we are:

 

Circle One

Team has completed all the research and surveying to document our Congregational Identity and “Who We Are.” The Team is finalizing a summary of the results of their work. Once complete, the highlights and theme from circle one will be shared  Thank you to Jackie Binder, Betsy Sole, and Cindy Wisniewski for their time working with many of you to meet and discuss our culture, our values and our history. 

 

The Circle Two

Team of Becky Nickels & Laurie Pocock, have been working on discovering our Internal Context of “How are Things Going Here? The Team has completed their Strengthens and Needs assessment workshops, completed the Trends Report research, and has one final survey for you. Please review the Trends Report provided and answer the feedback questions provided. Survey here:

 

Now it’s time for our 3rd Act: Circle Three: “Who are our Neighbors?”

 

This next section is different than the first two sections.  In Circles One (1) & Two (2) we are looking inward, self-examining to discovery Who WE are, and How WE do things. 

 

Now with Circle Three (3) we look outside, at the Community around us to ask “Who are our neighbors, What do they need?, Where does St. Johns fit in? and ultimately, What is God calling us to do here?”

 

Deborah Taracuk and Elisabeth Varlesi have volunteered to lead Circle Three (3).

They will be working with you on the following steps:

 

Exercises for Circle Three:  “Who are our Neighbors?”

  •  Community Demographic Trends report for the area.
  •  Neighbor Walk – Group Activity
  •  Community Mapping - Group Activity
  •  Community Conversations – Group and Individual Discussions

Please do not hesitate to contact us through the Discovery Email if you have any questions or comments about the process. SJPDiscovery@gmail.com

 

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A Liturgical Calendar for upcoming weeks with links to the lessons for Sundays and major Holy Days. From the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL)

 


 



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