Holding occasional pizza meetings after church makes only occasional progress. Holding constant meetings with everyone will drain the energy from the project. What is important is that we as a group maintain our vision and enthusiasm. As we pray individually and work as a team, our sense of hope and excitement can be our light that shines to the membership as a whole.
Here is my inkling of an idea:
Our regular communication with the membership could provide some brief background information on how what we have discussed relative to an exploration topic. That would then set up a question we wish to ask. We could then identify a member with particular interest in that to give us feedback. For example, suppose a member expresses some insight into a particular concept. We could consult with that member (or with a group of two or three) to help us drill down into that specific area. Without having to meet with all members at once, we could accommodate individuals or smaller groups at times and places more generally convenient to everyone.
In so doing, we can continue to keep members engaged in the process and deepen our team's ability to address member concerns and develop alternatives. It can also give members a reminder of their importance in the church's future, rather than just waiting for a committee to give a report each quarter. In short, we want this project to have a sense of urgency and transparency to the membership on a consistent basis.
This list of potential questions may serve as a starting point:
- How do you want our church to progress in the next 10, 20, and 30 years?
- How should we involve our young people in the development of new ideas for the church?
- Should we present our concepts to The Mother Church? If so, how?
- How much space do we need?
- How do we interact with the public on a daily basis?
- What does it mean for our church to be known throughout the community?
- How can we work with other churches and be a spiritual leader in Richardson?
- How can our church facility be used for non-church activities and events, including those that generate revenue?
- How can our church participate in educational activities for both children and adults?
- How can all our church activities stay abreast of the times but remain distinctly spiritual and consistent with Christian Science?
- How can we keep from being stifled by church traditions without alienating those who appreciate those traditions?
- One idea is to provide a daily place for visitors to read, relax, work, and chat. This venue would be separate from the Reading Room. What amenities should a facility provide for this purpose?
- What should we consider if we decide to join the Reading Room and the rest of the church under the same roof?
- What effective fund-raising efforts, if any, should we engage in to complete renovations?
- What physical shortcomings does our present church auditorium have, and what should we do to remediate them?
- If we decide to stay in our current Reading Room, what if anything should be done to update the design?