As a child I spent hours and hours with Lego building blocks. I always liked to build the Legos into the thing on the front of the box: an X-wing fighter, a pirate ship, a castle. I followed the instructions carefully, and I took great pride if my finished product matched exactly the picture on the front of the box. After a while, though, my finished product stopped being a toy to play with and became a model of an X-wing or pirate ship or castle. I never played with models.
There’s more than one way to build with Legos! After admiring and then tiring of the Lego models I had built, I would take them apart to see what I could build with those same pieces that wasn’t the thing on the front of the box. This required creativity, occasionally some pieces from other sets, and a willingness to accept asymmetry and imperfection. Once I could think beyond the box front, though, the possibilities were endless, as was the fun.
Our April 7 Town Hall meeting was a great success! We had more than 50 participants in our Asset Management exercise. We took some time to “break apart” all the things that make us who we are: Our possessions, our people, our relationships. These are the “Lego blocks” that our congregation is made up of. Most of what we are can’t be touched like the building or bank accounts can, but these building blocks of KOG are strong, many, and essential. By breaking down who we are into component pieces, in essence we “dumped out our box of Legos.”
In the second part of the exercise we tried to imagine what we might build with the Legos dumped out before us, something that we hadn’t built before, something that wasn’t the traditional construction shown on the front of the box. Beyond-the-box thinking is a challenge, and a challenge well-met by the people of God at KOG!
Our small groups generated 14 new “directions” for our congregation to consider heading. Along with the four examples Pastor Todd has been using, that gives us potentially 18 directions to work toward in answering God’s call to us to proclaim God’s love in Christ through word and deed. As you may imagine, there were some common themes among the “directions,” such as Health, Community, and Arts and Music. While there is much overlap and maybe a bit of overestimation, somewhere in all of this is the core of what’s next for us.
Our next Town Hall meeting will be May 19, which is also a God’s Work Our Hands Sunday. We will spend our first hour together in service instead of worship to remember that God calls us to more than sitting in the right seat on the right day at the right time. Christ calls us to follow and made an impact on the lives of those around us.
At 10:30 that day we will gather for the FINAL ROUND OF SUGGESTIONS. After this meeting, the floor will be closed for new ideas about the future of KOG. If ideas aren’t’ publicly posted (Parish Hall and Website) by the end of this meeting, they will not be eligible for consideration at our JUNE 2 Dot Runoff meeting. During the MAY 19 meeting we will flesh out more fully some dreams and ideas, as well as begin to rate them individually and as a group. By the end of the May 19 meeting we will be ready for consideration for our JUNE 2 Dot Runoff meeting.
THE MAY 19 MEETING IS ALSO OUR ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING. We will receive the Annual Report and elect new council members.
It was so much fun to dump the building blocks of our congregation out onto the floor and see what new things we might build together. Thank you to all who participated!
You can see the idea posters in the Parish Hall or in the image gallery below.