God has a plan… We’re it!

2009 SEPA Synod Assembly

A different kind of Assembly

bluethemefaceswallOver the past year the people of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod have been listening together for God.  We gathered to celebrate God’s activity among us and through us, and to discern though discussion, prayer, and bible study where God is leading us — right here, right now! Almost 2,000 people all across our synod participated.

 

We have heard that God has a plan…and we’re it! And we are hearing God call us to focus our resources in four strategic directions, easily described through the acronym FACE:

 

Faith formation  +  Faith in Action  +  Connecting and communicating  + Equipping and developing

 

FACE is a theological metaphor. God is seen in the FACE of Christ. Christ meets us FACE to FACE. We FACE our own sin and make an about-FACE in order to be the FACE of Christ to our neighbors.

Rather than a traditional “strategic plan” and funding goals, we have discerned God’s call to us and want to find people whose passions and gifts extend those directions, and release them for service.

 

Now it’s time to move from listening and talking to doing.

 

Rather than a traditional “strategic plan” and funding goals, we have discerned God’s call to us and want to find people whose passions and gifts extend those directions, and release them for service.

 

Four circles of leaders have been meeting and praying and dreaming about what can be released in these four directions. But most of what will happen will be thought up and prayed up by you in your congregation and in your daily life. And you’ll be able to connect with others with similar passions to make things happen beyond your local context.

 

Read on through this website to learn about what is already happening in these directions and what is possible. Major presentations are available in video format, so you can share in them even if you weren’t at the Assembly. You’ll also find information about the business of the church conducted at this year’s Assembly.

 

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