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The Dandelion Project: Selecting Your Congregation’s Team

Are you considering applying for a place in The Dandelion Project? This two-year vitality journey with Pastor Dave Daubert and others is designed to provide a framework for congregational discernment, discovery, and growth. A key part of the process is identifying a team of your rostered leader(s) and congregation members who will be your local guides. Here are some characteristics of people who could be valuable parts of your team:

  • Intentional in their own faith formation
  • Basic competency in congregational vitality
  • Experience in training/facilitation
  • Collegiality
  • Coachable
  • Commitment to the process and to the whole church

And some things to think about as you assemble your team:

  • Cultivate a diversity of gifts (e.g. spiritual direction, hospitality, worship, administration, facilitation)
  • Teams should incorporate both rostered ministers and lay people
  • Incorporate cultural diversity whenever possible
  • Recognize the need to represent different contexts for ministry
  • Recognize the need to allow the team to evolve over time (intentional turnover)

The Dandelion Project application deadline is August 13, and a maximum of 15 congregations will be participating. Do you have other questions? See https://neos-elca.org/discipling-and-evangelizing-resources/ for an introductory video, flyer, and application form. Or contact Pastor Julianne Smith at jsmith@neos-elca.org or Pastor Jim Watson at jim.watson@zionvc.org.

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