Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Read along with the GPS folks

If you'd like to look at some of the material Second's GPS task force is looking at to prepare a strategic plan, here's a reading list of books and Web sites. Feel free to read along with the task force. And if you have questions, comments or ideas for other material we should consider, send them to or put a note in the church file folder of Bill Tammeus, the GPS moderator.

  • The Great Emergence, by Phyllis Tickle. A wonderful long-term context setter for all the turmoil going on now in Christianity. Found at:

  • Three books from PCUSA Research Services: A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations, Beyond the Ordinary: Ten Strengths of U.S. Congregations and Places of Promise: Finding Strength in Your Congregation’s Location.

Web sites:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Who's on the GPS planning task force?

A congregational task force to oversee the Session-approved process of creating a three- to five-year plan for Second’s future has been created.

It held its first meeting July 13.
This group will work until the end of the year. The whole congregation also will have opportunities to provide ideas to be considered. If you have questions or comments, talk with any of these members or send e-mail to: The task force members:
Jenny Erdman 
Anne Hasselberg Molly Hundley
Dave Jeter
Tom Nelson
John Nesbitt: John is the Session liaison.
Ardyce H. Pearson
Amy Person
Bill Tammeus: Bill will be moderator of the task force.
Paul Rock: Second’s pastor/head of staff is the staff representative on the task force