Our church has been engaged in a year-long-plus conversation about the possibility of adding a second service. This conversation started originally due to numerical growth and crowding in our sanctuary, and has since evolved into a broader exploration of our struggles transitioning from a “pastoral” to a “program” size congregation. Based on the initially identified problem of crowding, the Board of Trustees created the Two Services Task Force to examine this issue and make a recommendation to the congregation. As the Task Force conducted its research, it quickly became clear that the challenge facing our church was much broader than just the question of whether to add a second service. The Task Force reported these findings about church growth and size-transition struggles to the Board of Trustees for further action, and then continued its assigned task of evaluating the merits of adding a second service. The Task Force presented its recommendation to the congregation this past January, that “yes,” we should try adding a second service. As we move towards a congregation-wide vote at the May 21st Congregational Meeting, the Two Services Task Force has published the final draft of a proposal for the congregation to review (see below).
If you’d like to learn more about the process, three excellent resources are available below:
- a link to the Special eBlast sent to the congregation this past November
- the recently published Special Unigram containing the first draft of the proposal and supporting material
- the final proposal to be voted upon at the May 21st congregation meeting
As always, if anyone has questions or concerns, please feel free to contact members of the Two Services Task Force directly, they are more than happy to talk with you.
Two Services Task Force Members:
Bea Sousa, Co-chair
Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd, Co-chair
Ben Ewing, Secretary
Jerry McKean, Event organizer
Janay Sander, Statistics
Susan Taylor, Publicity
Two Services Special eBlast – originally sent in November of 2016, and then published on the website with a preface in January of 2017
Two Services Special Unigram – First Draft of Proposal – published April 5, 2017
Two Services – Final Proposal