How Will We Gather? Planning Exercise
Since COVID-19 began spreading rapidly across the US, the rhythms and rituals of congregational life have been challenged in a way that is unprecedented for many. The future is uncertain. And while restrictions are being lifted, we don’t know when we will be back to ‘normal’. In this ‘interim’ time, the number and complexity of leadership decisions are exhausting and overwhelming. In a difficult and complicated environment we must discern how we will gather for worship and other programs in a way that fulfills our mission and purpose even if those practices look different now. We need to resist trying to go back to how things were in the past and find a way to navigate through what has become a highly politicized discussion.
Here at RootedGood we want to help you plan for this moment. We have developed an interactive and engaging exercise that will help your congregation or organization have a good conversation and make decisions about how you will gather given the current context. This exercise will take less than one hour and your leadership will walk away with clarity about how to fulfill your core mission and purpose with new or adapted ways of gathering. You can print the PDF and write on it or it can be downloaded and filled out on your computer. You can download the How Will We Gather? exercise for free below.
This planning exercise is part of a larger tool we are building called, What Now? A Congregational Planning Tool in the Age of COVID-19. The full tool will help your leadership team through the following stages of planning the next season of all of your congregation’s activities:
- Restating your mission and purpose
- Identifying needs in the congregation and local community
- Naming the current constraints
- Perceiving your resources in a new way
- Designing new activities and adapting existing ones
What Now? is interactive and will spark generative conversation, helping to create consensus among your team about the best ways forward. It is designed to improve the quality of your planning process in a quick and engaging manner, all in the context of potential restrictions on the ability of your team to gather in person.
We are currently testing What Now? and are expecting to launch it in early July. Keep an eye out for when it becomes available. In the meantime give our How Will We Gather? exercise a try by downloading it here:
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