Background on Transformed by the Spirit Process
The Transformed by the Spirit (TbyS) process is at work inviting the congregations, regions, and national organizations of the ABC-USA to participate in a journey of discernment and renewal. Presently there are twenty-seven (27) partner organizations which have chosen to be involved—twenty-one (21) regions and six (6) national organizations. The first step in the TbyS process was for each of the participating partners to identify the key ministry challenges they are facing at the present time which result from answering the following question:
What ministry challenges are we currently facing, for which we presently do not have an answer, but which we must address if we are to live into God’s future for us?
The participating partners have identified over fifty (50) such challenges (a number of which are similar or which overlap). They have formed Adaptive Challenge Teams which are now at work attempting to identify what is being called the specific underlying “adaptive challenge” that stands behind each of these named challenges. This work will come to completion in May. At that time, the process will transition into a second phase running into the winter of 2013 where Action Learning Teams will engage in setting into motion a variety of “experiments” in seeking to address each challenge.
Seeking ABC-USA Congregational Input and Feedback
There are at least sixteen (16) distinct ministry challenges identified by the participating partner organizations dealing directly with congregational ministry. We are interested in securing input and feedback from all of the congregations across the ABC-USA regarding the following:
- How would your congregation rate the “importance” of each of these challenges to the specific ministry challenges your congregation is facing at the present time?
- Would your congregation be interested in being kept informed about some of these ministry challenges in terms of what the participating partner organizations are learning regarding how to address them? If so, which ones?
- Would your congregation like to suggest any additional ministry challenges which you feel should also be considered in this process? If so, which ones?
Completing This Survey
We invite you on behalf of your congregation to complete this survey.