Three of us GPS task force members met on Friday, Sept. 9, with Second's longtime First Friday dinner/study group and asked its members some of our questions. Here, in brief form, are some of the responses:
|Yes, the Jeters served ribs. Yum.|
In response to the question of what Second does best (or at least well):
- Being friendly.
- Welcoming people.
- Providing a variety of opportunities for people to plug in.
- Good Bible teaching.
- We care about one another.
- There’s a diversity of mission efforts.
- Metro Mission of Deacons is especially important.
- We do worship well.
- We serve educated, professional people well.
- We provide leadership in various areas for the community.
- We have lots of talent in our membership but sometimes struggle to marshal it.
- We have some great art in the church — and artists, too.
- The church is an energizing place where we can get recharged.
- The history of how our church formed is important.
- Our music program is helping with our relationship with UMKC.
In response to the question of what must change for Second to survive and thrive:
- We much teach both our children and our adults biblical literacy.
- We must figure out how to keep young families in our congregation and how those families can keep their children connected.
- We must create meaningful mission opportunities for young people.
In response to an invitation to share their dreams for Second:
- Provide love and care for our children by our adults.
- Biblical and spiritual education through mentoring young people.
- We need to bring back Scouting to Second.
- We need to stand more publicly on the side of poor and voiceless people, especially on local issues that need our advocacy.
- We should use our music program to reach out to the community. Like the drumming group Cory is helping with.
- We should be training our people to become leaders at all levels of the PCUSA.
Two additional comments:
“My vision for this church is to be freakishly good in terms of leadership."
“As a church we don’t think Christian education is very important.”
If you have comments you'd like to share with the GPS team, leave them here, e-mail them to email@example.com or drop a note in the church file folder of Bill Tammeus, GPS moderator.