What is Going Local?
Going Local is a process that provides concrete tools to help people learn about and practice what it means to be God's people in community and that community extends beyond those with whom we worship. It is based on an understanding that our experience of God and presence of God goes beyond the walls of our churches. It reminds us through these concrete tools that we not taking God out into the world but instead encountering God there. In that it is a process and not a project or program, the work is ongoing and done in our congregations over a significant period of time. Other congregations in the Diocese will be involved and together form a learning community.
Important pieces to remember:
- It takes time to learn new habits, practices and attitudes – that is why the process is 15-18 months.
- People form deeper relationships in the church and wider community through the process.
- The congregational process is not clergy driven or clergy led – your lay team guides the congregation through the process.
- The process is grounded in scripture and spiritual practices.
- It is an action-reflection model of learning and experiential in nature.
What is the invitation?
We are inviting you to go on this journey with other congregations to both explore deeper what you are already doing and discover what God is doing in your church community and in the neighborhoods in which you live, work, play and worship.