Chris's Discernment Column

This Lenten season we are beginning a discernment process. We will be considering God’s calling for us as a church for the next few years. Primarily, we will be trying to discern how to build on Broadway’s passions and strengths, but we will also give thought to how to do this in a changed cultural landscape.

We are in the process of training volunteers to sit down with small groups of members to pray and to hear people’s thoughts.  If you would like to participate in one of these sessions, please email Susan Reed ( so we can arrange a time for you to meet with one of the small groups.

Once we have heard from all these groups, we will then have a second round of conversations with congregation members.  This second conversation will take things a step further by reflecting on some of the things we learned in the first conversations, and then considering more specific ideas that might grow out of what we have learned.  

Over the summer, we will distill this all down to a report back to the congregation, and based on that report, we will begin working through the church’s leadership structure to put specific plans in place based on what we believe God is calling us to do.

Please be in prayer for this process and for those working with the Discernment Team: Emily Allen Kirby (Chair), Noelle Bailey, Dick Brown, Ken Cox, Maryanne Elliott, Dawn Stambaugh, Ryan Williams, Chris Caldwell, and Susan Reed.