I hope you have been hearing about the AHCC 2024 Roadmap, have seen the pamphlet in the sanctuary that outlines the roadmap, and/or listened to the brief overview that Vice Moderator Earl Exum and I presented during the Homecoming Sunday worship service. Many of you have provided input on the roadmap, including during the two member forums that we held in the early summer, as well as in informal conversations over the past months.
Overall, I sense great enthusiasm for the exciting path forward that is represented by the AHCC 2024 Roadmap. There are also questions about where exactly the roadmap will take us, given that it is a dynamic plan that will continue to grow and evolve as we add details and address new opportunities and developments in real time.
Here are answers to a few of the questions I have heard:
Does the roadmap represent a new direction for AHCC?
As an outline of AHCC’s strategic priorities, the roadmap – including its emphasis on our devotion to nurturing the AHCC community, building relationships with each other as we travel our spiritual journeys, working in and with the Asylum Hill neighborhood, to name just a few items – builds on our history and strong foundation. In that sense, much of the roadmap is not at all new. At the same time, some parts of the roadmap – such as highlighting our goal of expanding our impact, including by playing a role in national conversations about Christianity -- may look less familiar and reflect the collective vision of our Senior Minister, Associate Ministers, and lay leadership as we faithfully consider our future.
How do the three destinations in the roadmap relate to each other?
The three destinations are interrelated and mutually supportive, and we cannot reach one destination without attending to the others. In other words, we aim to focus on and work toward all of the destinations as equally important.
How can I get involved in helping the church reach the destinations outlined in the roadmap?
We would like everyone to get as involved as they want to be, and there are many ways to do so! For example, you can participate in our ongoing educational programs, you can volunteer at the Sunday dinners, you can host or organize a small-group gathering of members, you can join a committee or task force, you can offer to help us this fall as we plan a new website, you can volunteer to contact members who are not able to attend Sunday services, the list goes on and on. If you are interested in any of these ideas or have some ideas of your own, please feel free to contact me or Earl or any of the ministers, and we will be glad to talk with you about how to get more engaged.
What is next?
You will continue to see and hear more about the AHCC 2024 Roadmap, and we also will host another member forum in October to discuss the roadmap. I look forward to your participation!
Tory Chavey, Moderator