At our March 12 congregational meeting, we engaged in three activities that were intended to help us better understand HHBC in the present. We can now report on the results of two.
HHBC’s Passions: Participants filled out and discussed a worksheet about our priorities as a congregation. We divided the life of the church into four main areas: Proclaiming Good News through Outreach, Enacting the Good News through Service, Embodying the Good News in our Internal Life, and Nurturing People in the Good News.
Using a scale of 1-4, we first identified what we saw as our current priorities. The sense of participants is that our current priorities are, in order, Embodying the Good News, Nurturing People in the Good News, Proclaiming Good News through Outreach, and Enacting the Good News through Service.
Then, using the same scale, we identified where we thought God was leading us to put our passions. The sense of participants is that God is calling us in the future to the following priorities: Proclaiming Good News through Outreach, Enacting the Good News through Service, Embodying the Good News in our Internal Life, and Nurturing People in the Good News. In short, there is a clear sense that we need to reverse our priorities. Of course, this does not mean that we stop doing what we are doing well. It does mean that we strengthen our efforts in outreach and service.
Elevator Speeches: Participants were asked to share how they would respond to someone who said, “Tell me about your church.” The theme that showed up, in one way or another, in the most speeches was, “We are not the usual Baptist Church.” Some people noted that we are CBF, we accept women in leadership, we are liturgical, our worship is traditional, etc. The second most dominant theme was that we are welcoming and affirming, and the next, we are a friendly and loving church.
The third activity was to fill out two sets of Kool-AID sheets, where participants were invited to identify an area of ministry and tell us what they wanted to Keep, Add, Improve, and Drop about that area of ministry. We are still processing the results and hope to share the results soon. If you were not able to attend the session, you can still fill out as many sheets as you would like. They are available at the church or online at http://www.highlandhillsbaptist.org/koolaid. Completed sheets need to be turned in to the church or a Vision 20/20 team member by this Sunday, March 26.