This is particularly ... ironic? ... given that I'd been wondering recently, "What will happen with Rest and Bread when/if Keith leaves next year?" [He's a PhD on the job market this year.]
From: Keith To: Elizabeth Sent: Sun, November 28, 2010 5:38:41 PM Subject: Thinking about Rest & Bread and re/New
I was talking a bit with Jeff Von Wald the other night about church structure, staffing, and how a lot of people (congregants and leaders) seemed spread somewhat thin. Our attendance at Rest & Bread last week was great, but has been generally low this fall. Similarly, re/new's attendance has fallen a bit since its start.
One thing we wanted to think further about was whether combining energy made sense: to take some of the practices of re/new and work them into rest & bread, and perhaps hold re/New less frequently. If we did combine energy, I think we'd want to move to a more team-based model of service leadership-- as in, maybe people could sign up to lead a week, etc-- just speculating. I'd imagine that we'd be joined by Tara, Jeff, Julie, and a few other folks from re/New in terms of planning. To me, the idea seems exciting: I think we do a nice thing at rest and bread, and I think it'd be nice to share it with more people, and it'd be nice to incorporate some of the re/new elements that seem to speak to other people (and myself).
I wonder what your thoughts are? Hopes or worries?
We can talk more, and I think the deacons & pastors will also be talking a bit about this.