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Second Saturdays: Building a Foundation for Change
May 8$10 – $25
presented by the Northern Lights Region
Building a Foundation for Change: transforming a congregation – Rev. Dr. Amy LaCroix
Do you often hear yourself or others within the congregation saying, “it’s the way we’ve always done it”? or ” we tried that once before, it didn’t work”? or ” we can’t because the by-laws won’t allow it”, “we don’t have a quorum”, “no one wants to serve”, “we are tired.” Are your by-laws holding you down? You know it’s time to revise them, maybe you’ve known for years. But the truth is most people don’t have the energy. It sounds and feels like a daunting task and so you simply continue to maintain the status quo until you arrive at a place where it is impossible.
Most people groan at the thought of by-laws revision. It just feels tedious and labored and well…boring. So, we put it off another year or do a cursory look and change a few words here and there maybe add a line or two. We rarely touch the core of the structure even if that structure no longer serves the needs of the congregation. In fact, it often impedes the congregation.
In this retreat we will explore a process for identifying and dismantling the institutional structure that prevents a congregation from fully transforming into who and what God is calling in the present context. We will use tools for analyzing by-laws through historical, cultural, legal and spiritual lenses in order to identify the heart of who our congregation is now so that our congregations may move forward with a new, lean, strong foundation. Honoring the past, living the present while fully embracing the future.
Please feel free to bring your congregation’s by-laws and history. This will be fun…. I promise.
Rev. Dr. Amy LaCroix has served as the pastor of First Christian Church in Olympia, Wa. for the past 10 years. Before migrating to the Pacific Northwest, she lived in Indianapolis, In. where she served as part of the ministerial staff at First Congregational UCC and Allisonville Christian Church where she helped to create and lead worship services designed for church weary people. She has been a lifelong member of the Disciples of Christ. She is the daughter of two Disciples clergy. She received her MDiv from Christian Theological Seminary and her DMin from Claremont School of Theology. She attended Hope Academy’s Church Planter School and is a certified Intentional Interim Ministry from Interim Ministry Network. Amy’s passion and calling in ministry have been grounded in transformation and change. Her dissertation from Claremont was entitled: Dismantling Institution: Transforming Congregations.