Imagining Our Vision
What does it mean when we say that we are at WSBC to follow the teachings of Jesus? How does that transform into a shared vision? What will we do to live out these aspirations?
WSBC has a history of strong congregational roots and committed work for social justice. Vibrant relationships nourish a church environment that challenges our spirits to grow. We invite you to join us in conversations to dream about how to build on our rich history. To discern a vision for the next several years, three planning groups are focusing on broad areas important to the foundation of WSBC: nurturing ourselves, exploring relationships with our neighbors, and caring for our church building.
Follow the work of the planning groups, and make plans to participate in the conversations.
The Coordinating Committee for the Planning Process
Jim Drennan, Chair
Laura Webb Smith
Maggie Ellis Chotas
Greg Palmer, Chair of Church Council
The Congregational Conversations Coordinating Committee conducted a survey in summer 2017 to continue the planning process started in November 2016 with small group discussions. Three ad hoc groups have been working in the areas of nurturing our congregational life, exploring relationships with our neighbors, and caring for our church building. This survey gathered thoughts on…
Our Planning Groups have been busy! They presented updates at the May 21 congregational meeting and will continue to work over the summer gathering feedback and developing recommendations for moving forward. Click here for the latest updates on each of the groups: The In Community With Each Other group The Working with Our Neighbors Planning…
We believe every church has— the courage to become, the courage to remember the stories that shape them, the courage to see the present needs around them, and the courage to dream of a God-sized future. Bill Owen, Center for Healthy Congregations Newsletter, March 14, 2017 These words describe perfectly the spirit of the…
Imagining Our Vision: You’re Invited Conversations Planning Group Summaries February 2017 In November 2016, 130 WSBC members participated in 19 small groups to share ideas about WSBC’s relationships with ourselves as a congregation, our neighbors and with our building. We called these You’re Invited conversations because we wanted everyone to engage in sharing their perspectives….
Building Planning Group: Working Document Charge Review information from the recent congregational meeting for relevant information and comments and prepare a summary of the most important points for the congregation The following appears to be the key issues/comments: Appears the church makes effective use of the space we have (to include outside groups) Although the…