We also have recognized a group of other women and men to serve us as a Missional Planning Group. Their role is to help think and plan how it is that we attempt to live out God’s Mission with one another in seeking spiritual formation and also in witnessing to and blessing the world. Ideas they may have are offered as suggestions to others or the whole congregation.
When we need to make decisions that affect us all, we use a Congregational Discernment process that welcomes everyone in the congregation to participate. We attempt to prayerfully discover with one another how God is directing us. This is not decided with a vote, but in reaching a consensus together. this does not mean we reach unanimity, but that in humility we acknowledge that the Spirit of God works more in us all than in any of us individually. Sometimes we need to concede that others may be discerning God’s leading more than ourselves.