The Jeremiah Project

The community of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford is on on a faith-filled journey to discover God's call for our church in this place and time. The Jeremiah Project is based on the scripture from Jeremiah 29:10, "I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a future with hope." A renewed Vision and Mission will serve as inspiration and guidepost for our decisions and actions moving forward.

We are excited and filled with hope as we are on this journey as a church family. With Agile Church consultants providing structure and support, we have embarked on the important work of discerning God's call for our church in this place and time.

Church members agreed to serve as facilitators for small groups. The facilitators received training and a structured curriculum that helped guide them through this spiritual process. We encouraged members and friends of the church to sign up to participate in small groups.

The groups met for six consecutive weeks through October and November and the sessions typically took between 1 and 2 hours.

Topics the groups discussed included:

What does it mean to be a church?

What are the core values that make us unique as a church?

What is God's vision for what our church may become?

What are the needs of the community?

What is the mission of our church?

What is God calling us to do? Who is God calling us to become?

After the small groups completed their work, the team leaders met in December to prioritize all the information that had been gathered from the small groups. They worked with an eye towards the ultimate goal to have a clear Vision and Mission for our church that will serve as inspiration and guidepost for our decisions and actions moving forward.

Next, a small group of six church members met as a writing team to take that information and refine it further.  Ultimately an Implementation Team will be formed to ensure that our church's renewed Vision and Mission will align with our actions. A Communications Team will share our new Vision and Mission in a way that allows all members, friends, and visitors to know who our church is and what we do to change the world.

We are excited that so many have been a part of this meaningful process. Thank you!




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