To contact the Our Next Chapter Exploration Team (ONCET), email them at ONCET at Southchurch.com

Update 5/29/19 ONCET recently hosted a congregation-wide action planning workshop for our future.  It was a huge success with remarkably high attendance, generating actionable ideas driven by palpable energy for the future.

At this workshop, we received a presentation on the religious landscape, reviewed commentary from local community leaders, reviewed the congregation’s feedback to our draft vision and mission statements, presented our revised vision and mission statements, and discussed how to live into these statements in the years ahead.  

We are thrilled to share our final vision and mission statements, to guide us in the years ahead:

Vision To boldly embody God’s love and compassion

Mission Following in the way of Jesus, we welcome all and actively nurture connections within and beyond our walls that bring meaning and joy in spiritual growth, fellowship, and service.

Click here for the religious landscape presentation, shared at our April workshop.  Additionally, here is the question guide that helped us generate ideas which will advance our vision and mission.  If you are interested in sharing your ideas but were unable to attend the workshop, please simply use this guide and submit your feedback to us at ONCET@southchurch.com.

We have collected all generated ideas from this workshop and organized them into an initial plan to guide us into the future.  This will be a launch pad and is intended to evolve over time, allowing ample room for the Holy Spirit to move us and for many new ideas to emerge.  We look forward to sharing this with you in the months ahead and embracing all of our talents to bring this plan to life.  In the meantime, we will present a brief summary of the ONCET work and general next steps at our Congregational Meeting this Sunday.

Update 1/11/19

Over the last several months, ONCET has continued moving forward in the process of discerning a strategy for how South Church can remain a vibrant and relevant member of our community in the midst of changing religious, cultural and societal trends. Grounded in the insights and hopes that were shared during the congregational discernment sessions held last spring, and working with our consultants, Jim Hartrich and Renee LiaBraaten, we’ve drafted a Vision Statement for South Church that articulates our sense of God’s call at this time in our life together. In addition, we’ve drafted a Mission Statement of how our congregation can faithfully and effectively answer this call.

The next step in our discernment process is to gather your input to the Draft Vision and Mission Statements and ideas for how these guiding principles might shape our current and future ministries. Several opportunities to share your thoughts will be offered in January and February.

  • ONCET members will facilitate several “Our Next Chapter” Discernment Sessions and Events.
  • Renee will be at South Church on Feb. 2-4 to conduct interviews with individuals representing the various demographic groups within our congregation and to lead several focus groups.  If you would like to participate in an interview or focus group, please contact the church office.
  • ONCET members will be interviewing leaders in our community to get a better sense of community needs and potential partnerships. If you have suggestions about community leaders who you feel it would be helpful to interview, please share their names with Ted Harris or Lenore Price.

In March, Jim and Renee will lead the “Our Next Chapter” Workshop for staff, congregational leaders and all who are interested in continuing to shape our strategic plan.

In April, we will share the “Our Next Chapter” Key Initiatives and Strategic Action Plan with the congregation.

This continues to be a stimulating and inspiring process.  Stay tuned for more details and remember Mary Luti’s encouraging words:  “God will show you where to cast your nets, and there will be fish!”