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Building Towards the Future – Re-imagining CFRUC – church is changing!

Planning and Transformation Hub (PATH) Update February 2017                                  

PATH’s work is now complete with the approval of a motion by the congregation on 22 January as follows: “That the congregation of CFRUC approve the concept of expanding our outreach to children, youth, families and seniors in the neighbourhood while also expanding our hospitality to the arts community.”

PATH’s work over the last 18 months was to provide leadership to the congregation to re-imagine what church is for us.  22 January marks the beginning of a new leg in the journey.  Thus, PATH will now called PATH 2 with a new goal taking us to 30 June to “Define low and high resource scenarios for ministries for children, seniors and hospitality to the arts, and analyze feasibility.”

PATH 2 members are Sandi Howell, Ian Fillingham, Doug Holroyd, Bill Gillis, Linda Thorlakson and Irene Greenwood.  Kathy Desbiolles is retiring from PATH after many devoted years and we thank her deeply for her dedication.  Three additional sub-committees have been created and are headed by: Children:  Doug (interested Ian), Seniors:  Linda (interested Sandi), Hospitality to the Arts:  Sandi (interested Ian, Doug, Bill and Linda).

PATH has created a draft framework for analyzing feasibility according to standard business case factors as follows:

Benchmarking – High level description of similar or related ventures

Program description – Programs & services, what will it do
Community engagement, how the community is engaged Describe alternative scenarios – little, moderate or aggressive funding levels
Describe program/service design Leadership & staffing – Roles & responsibilities Volunteer requirements and recruitment
Scalability – low resource, high resource Legal, formal contract or constitution
Financial Requirements Sources of funding, income
Draft financial statement – financial requirements vs. income Benefits, success factors and realization, we know we are successful when . . .
Risks Timing Considerations
Implementation Considerations Next phase or steps e.g., Documents that require approval, Legal agreements, Grant applications

 

The PATH 2 team envisions greater involvement from interested congregation members as we go along.  We promise to update you frequently and invite you in whenever possible!  The information which follows will be left for awhile as it shows our progression towards the most recent updates and helps to inform.

On Our Way!!!!!

At the congregational meeting on January 22, 2017 PATH brought forward its consultation results and a concept for the future ministry of CFRUC.  The following motion was placed before the congregation and received unanimous approval (with four abstentions):

 “That the congregation of CFRUC approve the concept of expanding our outreach to children, youth, families and seniors in the neighbourhood while also expanding our hospitality to the arts community.”

Our next step will be to outline a possible plan of action and conduct a feasibility study. The information gathered will be returned to the congregation for its consideration. To begin this process, PATH meets in February to outline a high level plan for this next phase to be presented to the Leadership Team on 15 February.  We will keep you updated as we go!

The PATH team was most gratified by the congregation’s involvement on 22 January as the members of  PATH wanted to share their excitement about “What is God calling us to do?”.

PATH wishes to thank all participants to date for your interest, feedback, support and time.

Activity Updates – January 2017

We have now finished our External Consultations, have completed an analysis of needs in comparison to who we are and the PATH team is ready to present to the congregation as follows.

Important Congregational Meeting January 22, 2017   An Exciting and Inspiring Concept! 

The objective of the 22 January congregational meeting is to present, discuss and validate a concept for a re-imagined CFRUC, resulting from PATH’s internal and external consultations.

The meeting will be from 11:00 – 12:00 a.m. following a shortened service.  Child care will be provided. 

 PATH will present an exciting and inspiring concept for a CFRUC’s mission into the future, based on an analysis of consultations within the congregation and with external groups.  Validation from the congregation of the concept will allow the next phase of activity to begin, which is determining feasibility and funding.

Activity Updates – June 2016

As you are all aware from reading our update in the Nov 2015 newsletter, CFRUC has embarked on a journey of considering our future.  In January (2016), we shared stories from other churches with you in order to help you get your wheels turning about possibilities for us.  PATH members (Doug, Ian, Sandi, barb, Kathy and Rob) were available after church to talk with you.  Those of us on the PATH team are facilitators – the decisions we need to make about our future rest with all of us.

Our consultation groups are now finished.  We thank you for your interest and encourage you to continue to approach us with your curiosity, your ideas and your concerns.  We have summarized the findings in a report.

PATH Report 15 May 2016

In June 2016 CFRUC’s PATH team finalized its 2015-2016 activities.  A fuller report on findings is now available.

PATH 2015-2016 Final Report

After this study, we will look for connections between the priorities and ideas you have expressed and the apparent needs within our community.  Where these intersections occur, we hope to be able to suggest possible broad ideas for ministry.  We will present them to you to determine if one or more of these ideas resonate with you.  Then, if we are given a mandate to move forward, we will engage external groups like EDGE, to help us consider the logistics of adopting these new ministries relative to our resources; human, financial and infrastructure.

Food for Thought

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Read a story about things that CFRUC has done (click on the link) and which may point the way towards the future.  It’s food for thought!

CFRUC over Five Years

 

CFRUC’s Walking Group has journaled their observations of our neighbourhood. It’s a great read and an eye opener!   Click here to read the journal…

 

You can get your wheels turning about lots of other ideas by checking out this link:

http://www.edge-ucc.ca/hope-collection/

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Stories We Have Heard

  1. Toronto – Two historic churches, two ageing buildings needing major repairs, two dwindling congregations. Bellefair United and Kew Beach United decided to do church in a new way. Click here to read more…
  2. Altona –  Touching Lives by Tapping Shoulders – The roots of volunteerism run deep in the lovely town of Altona. Click here to read more…
  3. Reston –  Our Coffee House – How do you define a small town? One horse? One stoplight?  Click here to read more….
  4. Willowdale (Toronto) – It’s not only old, downtown churches that are facing new futures. Click here to read more…
  5. Downsizing?  Check this out….click here
  6. Church of the future? www.rhythmswinnipeg.com
  7. Churches catching the wave….. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2683167846/
  8. There is a terrific article from The National Post about urban churches and it feels very similar to CFRUC.  Have a read…..Click here to read about it…

Questions We Need to Think About

To connect with PATH, feel free to approach any committee member or The Chair directly – Sandi Howell  sandihowell@shaw.ca  (204) 990-4895.

Context

10 January 2016 – Re-imagining CFRUC in a changing world (announcement from Worship)

We would to introduce the PATH* committee, and to let you know that you will be hearing a lot more from us over the next few months.  Our current committee has six members…..barb jannes, Doug Holroyd, Ian Fillingham, Kathy Desbiolles, Rob Gaumond and Sandi Howell.  We would also like to thank Theresa Reynolds and Joan McConnell for the time they spent with the committee and their commitment.

As you are all aware from reading our update in the recent newsletter, CFRUC has embarked on a journey of considering our future.  We do this to ensure that we can continue to do the work of our church, sharing fellowship, faith, and spiritual growth and connecting with communities we want to serve.   A part of this process is to consider how we can best use our building and property in the service of our ministry.  PATH’s objective as a team is to facilitate a process for all of us to re-imagine what church is for CFRUC.

Like our own church, many other churches are facing the need to consider their future directions.  PATH has been very busy researching options that other churches have chosen.  As well, we have been attempting to craft the best ways to involve the congregation, to ask for your input, so that we can ultimately come to a collective decision about our future.  We are also fully coordinating our efforts with the Leadership Team, the Joint Needs Assessment Committee, and other church committees.

Over the next weeks, we will be sharing stories from other churches with you in order to help you get your wheels turning about possibilities for us.  PATH members will be available after church to talk with you at a table set up in the front.  We will have a few printed resources available for you to pick up and consider.

Those of us on the PATH team are facilitators – the decisions we need to make about our future rest with all of us.  We thank you for your interest and encourage you to approach us with your curiosity, your ideas and your concerns.  We are here to listen and share.

*Planning and Transformation Hub Committee

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