Pastor Pondering- July 31, 2017
Update on Cooperative Parish plans
On Wednesday, July 26 there was an opportunity for members of Centennial Memorial and Calvary Church to meet and discuss our cooperative parish relationship. Twenty souls were present. It was a healthy and open conversation.
There are lots of benefits have that have come to the two congregations since the relationship was begun in 2010. These include shared worship experiences, mission trips, more involvement of Calvary people in the ministries of 2nd Street and Hope and each congregation helping the other as hosts for the Emergency Family Shelter. Both churches benefit from the work and leadership of Rev Julie Wilson. It is
Centennial Memorial has asked that there be a redefinition. The idea is that the two churches would no longer be a "Cooperative Parish" for conference billing and appointment purposes. Each congregation would have its own independent status as was the case prior to 2011. We can keep a good relationship in place, while each church would have greater independence. This seemed like a good arrangement to those who were present of July 26.
The next step will be to have the Bishop and Cabinet act on this request. If they approve of this change, it will also be voted on at each of the church's change conference in the fall. We can continue to work together in many ways that benefit the larger body of Christ. At the same time, each church will have a greater sense of ownership and decision-making authority about how they will carry out the ministry.
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