1. Faith: Daily Walk and Talk
We envision creating a Lenten worship series employing videoed faith stories: Interviews of disciples who cross our path at Central (locations: home, street, shelter, school, etc. and varied by ages and demographics) as they share the individual narratives of their faith active in their daily lives. These videos will be used during our mid-week Lenten series, paired with a Biblical narrative, sacred music, or sacred art, discussion, and prayer.
The videos will meet the three criteria (accessible language, language that is relational, and the Biblical/personal narrative); they will introduce models that can be reflected upon by those in attendance and possibly provide insights as to the integration of one’s own faith and daily life experiences; they will provide a safe forum in which to try out, and to practice speaking of their personal faith and lives with others.
By viewing and listening to the narratives we hope each presentation will help to better nurture, strengthen, and bind together our faith community and enable our members to better articulate the personal/biblical narratives that have affected their lives.
We will identify four to six members of our congregation who will agree to serve as a “focus group.” They will be interviewed and asked to respond to a number of questions that pertain to the Lenten series. The questions will be the same both before and after the completion of the series with the hope that the series will achieve what it is intended to yield. Videos will be made available on-line for people’s reflection, also requesting their responses if unable to attend.
We plan to measure its fruitfulness by the number of participants and future surveys.
2. Online Bulletin Board
This “Faith-in-Life Bulletin Board” will employ daily emails, which will be devotional, integrate faith and daily life in accessible language, be relational and connective, and speak of both biblical and personal narratives. There will be a way for those reading them to participate by commenting, adding their own insights, and reflections, etc.
Our goal is to keep faithful reflection in front of folks in daily life. It might also include words, music, art, photographic contributions of our own community of faith.
We will make available an online survey approximately three months after introducing the bulletin board asking questions that probe for the effectiveness of the daily devotional material as it relates to faith and daily life. The survey will also solicit comments from viewers for the bulletin board’s further development.
We will measure the “faith bulletin board” by being aware of the volume of daily devotions contributed and by measuring the numbers of people accessing the website.
3. Enhance Silent Ministries – The Fine Arts
We will invite faculty and art students from our community of faith and various schools, colleges/universities and seminaries together with other artists to come and work/dream with us about using the fine arts to create reflective opportunities that help to more profoundly shape one’s faith and daily life .
The silent arts engage the individual at a different level as a “language of faith” -- an accessible language through which many people find deep and profound insights into their own personal relationship with the Biblical narrative.
Our hope is that such a project will best engage and yield a depth of expression to those who relate and experience deep and profound insights into their own personal being with the Biblical narrative through the fine arts.
We will know this path is leading our congregation in the right direction by the numbers of people who attend opportunities such as Prayer Vigils, etc. that will occur periodically throughout the year.
We will offer an online survey from those who have participated. We will also offer opportunities for participants to respond in writing, knowing not all members/friends have access to the Internet.