Taking Steps Forward with Dreams and Visions

In December, a subset of the Conference’s Dreams and Visions Team chose three pilot projects that will help conference leadership learn what a “community of communities” will truly look and feel like in the Indiana Kentucky Conference.

These projects include:

Faith Formation Pilot. This pilot will offer our local churches a way to engage in spiritual practices during Lent, all of which encourage connectivity between our local churches through online means as well as in-person visits to neighboring churches.

Great Brownie Bake-Off. This pilot will gather the best brownie recipes from our churches, put them in a tournament bracket, have at least four taste testing events to winnow down the pool, then the top four recipes will go to annual gathering for a final competition during which people will vote by giving money to their favorite brownie recipe, which will then be given to a favorite mission project.

Mission Statement Project. Based on the data collected so far from Dreams and Visions, a mission statement for conference staff and programs will be developed.

Unified COM Pilot. Representatives of all associations’ Committees on Ministry are already gathering to work together to facilitate the process of one Privilege of Call candidate.

These projects are designed to help us learn a number of things including:

• The specific faith formation needs of our churches.
• The ways in which people feel most connected in regional groupings;
• How the use of technology can foster connection;
• The ways in which our organizational and administrative work can foster connectedness.

These learnings, which will be collected by early April, will help inform a proposed staffing model that will first be presented to the board in April and then to the Annual Gathering May 31 - June 2.

Stay tuned for more information about how you and your church can get involved in these pilot projects. If you have questions about these projects, or wish to help with them, please contact Nicole Havelka, Consulting Minister, at n.havelka@ikcucc.org.

Conference leadership first embarked on the Dreams and Visions Process about two years ago. In the research phase, led by then Consulting Conference Minister Phil Hart and Associate Conference Minister Carrie Call, included group and individual conversations with local church leaders from every association.