How would you finish this sentence? In the coming months, we hope you’ll tell us.
In partnership with the Center for Congregational Health located here in Winston-Salem, we will begin a congregational visioning process in September 2018, exploring the—past, present, and future—of Home Moravian Church thru a series of congregational discussions over a period of approximately six months.
There will be many opportunities for each of us to engage and to participate in this process as we seek to listen together, strengthen relationships with one another, build community across generations, and provide opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal.
In May, we received nominations to assemble a leadership team to guide our congregation throughout the visioning process, with the help and support of the Rev. Dr. Chris Gambill from the Center for Congregational Health. And thanks to you, 171 different people were nominated to serve on the leadership team, revealing the giftedness that we see in one another. A nominations committee, comprised of elders and trustees, is currently working to assemble a team that reflects the many and varied gifts of wisdom and experience within our community.
As we continue to prepare for the fall visioning process, we are excited for the opportunity to celebrate our strengths, to discern areas for growth and renewal, and to build upon the rich heritage that, by grace, is sustaining our community right to this very moment. There are certainly many ways we can prepare for this process, inviting God to open our hearts and minds—and lives—to all that God desires. We hope you’ll join us on this journey by your prayers, presence, and participation.
Please feel welcome to explore a few of the following resources as you seek to listen prayerfully in the coming weeks:
Where Are We Now? A Presentation on the Southern Province By David Guthrie
The Essentials of the Ancient Unity by Craig D. Atwood
An Historical Perspective of Moravian Congregations by Craig D. Atwood
Rethinking Mission: Meeting People Where They Are by Rusty Rushing
20 and Something by David H. Kim
Guess Who's Coming: A Case for Reconciliation by Russ May
How Many Moravians Does it Take to Change a Doctrine? by Frank Crouch
Children and Youth Ministries Assessment Report for Home Moravian Church (PDF) by Ministry Architects
Ministry Architects Update: April 2018 by Scott Rhodes
Moravian Witness in Winston-Salem by Bill J. Leonard
The Leading Edge: Space Matters by James P. Wind
Traditioned Innovation: A Biblical Way of Thinking by C. Kavin Rowe
How Serving Its Community Transformed A Dwindling Church by Joey Johnson Mork
How Millenials Gather (PDF) by Stephanie Paulsell
Generation Z: Your Questions Answered by Barna Research
Church is What We Create with Each Other by Erin O. White
Tricklebee Cafe (Milwaukee, WI)
Dinner Church (Akron, Ohio)
Isaiah's Table (Syracuse, NY)
Faith Works: Wings and a Prayer (Paterson, NJ)
El Buen Pastor (Winston-Salem, NC)
Sweaty Sheep (Louisville, KY)
Bare Bulb Coffee (Warner Robins, GA)
Other Moravian Resources
The Word of God: God Speaks in Many Ways by the Moravian Interprovincial Faith & Order Commission
Gemeine: Zinzendorf’s Understanding of the Church (PDF) by Arthur Freeman
The Ground of the Unity: A Statement of the Worldwide Church by the Unitas Fratrum
Guidelines for Biblical Interpretation by the Moravian Interprovincial Faith & Order Commission