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Congregational Summit

The Listening Project 2017

SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 8:30 AM to 2 PM, Community Room

Thanks to the 951 members/attenders who responded to the survey! The Listening Project Task Force is sifting through the survey responses – including over 7,700 comments and free-form responses – to identify key themes, illustrative quotes and immediate opportunities. One notable highlight: Among the top three reasons cited for choosing to attend Second was “welcoming / sense of community.” Well done, Second Church! Keep up the good work!


951 members/attenders responded to the Congregational Survey.  It has taken some time, but the Listening Project Task Force has been sifting through the survey responses – including over 7,700 written comments and free-form responses!

Thank you for your interest and dedication to our church!

Now it is time for the next level of conversation about our future as a congregation.  On Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room, we will hold a Congregational Summit. During this highly interactive session, we will share some of the major findings from the survey.  More importantly, there will be plenty of time for us to reflect on the survey results and explore together short- and long-term priorities for action and further study.

The survey was just the beginning of the Listening Project.  Come prepared to be more fully engaged in planning for the future of our congregation (see the agenda below)!

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Childcare is available, but you must register for it.

To help us plan for food and materials, please RSVP to Gail Barber  by Sunday, June 4, 2017.

If you need childcare, you must register your children by June 4, 2017 by going on line to and completing the registration form. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Congregational Summit and to a lively conversation!


Listening Project 2017 Task Force

  • Anne Nobles, Chair
  • Charles Bolton
  • Kathy Dannels
  • Mandy Ernest
  • Lewis Galloway
  • Steve Haigh
  • John Koppitch
  • Keith Phelps
  • Jim Purcell


*Preliminary Agenda*



8:30 a.m.

Gathering, continental breakfast, fellowship

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks

Introduction of task force members

Opening prayer

9:10 a.m.

Summit objectives and format

9:15 a.m.

Research findings

·        Respondent profile

·        Key themes and illustrative quotes

Table exercise #1 instructions

10:00 a.m.

Table exercise #1: research reflections

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Table reports and group discussion

11:30 a.m.

Table exercise #2 instructions

11:45 a.m.


12:00 p.m.

Table exercise #2: action priorities

12:45 p.m.

Table reports and group discussion

1:30 p.m.

Next steps

Closing remarks


1:45 p.m.

Individual exercise: short-term priorities and action team interest

2:00 p.m.