Where is God calling St. Stephen's?
In the fall of 2016, St. Stephen's began an inspiring program called "Renewal Works". This nationally accredited program is helping us to discern where God is calling us, and has already helped us to focus on our spiritual vitality. Between September 2016 and March 2017 a "Renewal Team", convened by Neal Baumann, consisted of Charity Lunder, Ray Pouder, Caroline Eickelbeck, Renate Golden, Dawn Carroll, Sue Brown, Doug Campbell, Annlee Milani and Father Nils.
Renewal Works is a way for us to learn more as a parish about where God is calling us. This process will yield steps to help us to better organize staffing, buildings, programs and worship toward our goals.
In April 2017, the Vestry approved the Renewal Works report which culminated the formal process, and a summarized document is now in preparation to be shared more widely in the parish. In essence, there are three specific areas we will be focusing on: a) Embedding the Bible more deeply and intentionally in our lives; b) Making the Practice of Prayer more ubiquitous in our community and personal lives and c) Finding the right way for us to develop our youth work sustainably.