Notes from the Congregational Meeting of January 15, 2017

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Facilitator: Betty Pries

QUESTIONS RECORDED BY BETTY

  • Written communication is required for those that can’t come to church and those not online 
  • Membership Directory (need one!) 
  • Photo Directory (what happened to all this work??) 
  • Need to share challenges, not just ‘sunny’ news 
  • No Board Chair – what is the impact? 
  • Strategy for asking Questions, raising concerns 
  • Can we post board agendas and minutes on the website?
  • Are Terms of Reference getting in the way (encumbering) the Steering Committee? 
  • Could we ‘do it’ alone?  (Could we do a capital campaign… have the patience to go the distance?) 
  • Speed of response to a potential offer

POST-IT-NOTE  Questions (grouped by theme) 

  • How to strengthen communication between the leadership teams and an explanation of the not-for-profit? 
  • Can we publish Agendas & Minutes? Eblast these after meetings? On line? 
  • Email blasts could include agendas and minutes. 
  • Board needs to report negative as well as positive news.
  • Report both positive news and challenges ongoing. 
  • Like Board Bits but would like to hear more of the struggles. 
  • Gap between communication and connection. 
  • Communication is “too sunny”. Be frank and open with us. 
  • Communication needs to be 2-way – how do we continue to give feedback, ask questions on going. 
  • Appreciate communication from the Board to the congregation… good to have the list of upcoming meetings. 
  • Board Bits, e-blasts and website are informative and up to date. We don’t see what the board could do beyond this. The board is transparent. If someone wants to know something specific just ask or get more involved!!  

 

  • Appreciate what Trinity committees are doing and have done during this process. 
  • Appreciate talking, is good, communication is a 2-way street. Good to have up and coming meetings 
  • Appreciate expert (third party) assistance, is great. Outside eyes are helpful. 
  • Would like to see Interim Financial reports. 
  • Enhance communication about specific ways one can be involved at Trinity – be explicit, even about the obvious. 
  • Volunteer groups – name them.  Should bring back Friends of Building & Cleaning; Flowers; Visiting; others  
  • People in the room are part of the ‘faithful remnant “ that will carry the congregation forward. 
  • Several concrete events have occurred that will move us forward e.g. real estate, move to St. Matthews. A lot had to happen to reach this place. PATIENCE & TRUST are absolutely paramount in this process. The realizations that it is the people that are important... The significant emotional content of the process. 

 

  • When will things happen…to move to St. Matthews? 
  • When are we going to St. Matthews? 
  • When do we move to St. Matthews? 

 

  • Thought the building was up for sale a year ago so now it’s just happened ?!?!?! 
  • Why do we keep going around and around and around? 
  • Need a clear and decisive reason the Trinity property/ church is being sold. 
  • There are 2 things to resolve. The first is BRAND – who are we and why do we do this?   The second is the matter of physical church which should not be resolved until the first part is done.  
  • What offer do you expect on the property? 
  • Should we ask the chief questions on A. SELLB go ahead(what percent needs to agree? 75 %?) 
  • What is decision structure when an offer is received? What will the process be and how will everyone be involved? 
  • Can we have a paper vote today A.  SELLor B.  Proceed with a developer   (3 years was the vote – awhile ago). 
  • How much is it listed for? Is there any way to retain ownership? 
  • Never voted to sell the building (outright)…did we at a congregational meeting?  (last Feb?) 
  • Do we need to revisit the vision about redevelopment? Is it getting in the way?  
  • Why do we need to list before we talk to a developer? What assurance do we have against “flipping” – First buyer says he will meet our vision but sells to a second buyer with no obligation to us.  
  • When a congregational meeting (held) to make major decision there should be a PAPER VOTE (ballot). 
  • When do we leave this building? Can we sell this property and not required a church within the (new) building?  

 

  • As congregation members, who do we take M&P Questions to in the meantime? WHO has the ability to take our concerns to presbytery? 
  • Would you agree that the info gathered through your survey indicated a fragmented congregation? If so where does the congregational leadership come from?   And how many followers do you anticipate?