The Commission on Thriving, Reconciling Congregations is charged with increasing the number of congregation that are thriving which have a clear sense of purpose; intentionally cultivating the Christian formation of their members, welcoming new Christians and worshippers, and assiting them in becoming apostles of reconciliation who are missionally engaged in their communities.
Our Vision and Mission
What we are about: Our work is to inspire and assist the congregations within the Baltimore Presbytery to become so spiritually alive in our life together and so creatively engaged with the community around us that people are eager to become part of who we are and what we do, allowing God’s vision for God’s children to take root and flourish in and around us.
We envision a church that is more of a community and less of an institution, more adventurous in its ministry and less consumed with maintenance, and more closely attuned to the movement of God’s Spirit leading into the future and less to the memory of the church of the past.
What we imagine such a church might look like: We think it might look a little different for each congregation as it discerns where God’s Spirit is leading them. We have no interest in a cookie cutter approach. We believe that some signs that this new church is becoming a reality will include:
Cultivating generosity and creativity as signs of faithfulness so that the resources for ministry, including staff, programs, buildings and equipment are adequate for the vision that has been discerned;
WHAT WE WILL DO TO HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN: We will organize congregations into ministry groups to be clusters of mutual support and encouragement, mission and service, sharing and learning and challenge and accountability in creating the thriving congregations at the heart of this vision. We will actively search for and provide resourcing and staffing assistance for helping vision become reality. We will encourage churches to adopt governance models that blend organizational skills with spiritual leadership. We will be open to what we hear from congregations and their leaders and to the Spirit’s nudging as we move into the future, modeling for congregations a trust in God’s lively and transforming presence in this work.
WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE CHURCH WE ARE BEING CALLED TO CREATE AND WE BELIEVE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE!