To Float or Paddle: Lessons from the River!
The New River occupies a warm place in the hearts of United Methodists in these parts because of our great experiences at Elk Shoals. Going from campsites to the sandy beach landing by river is critical to a full Elk Shoals experience. Most of us take inner tubes down the river while some others take canoes; all of us decide whether to float or paddle!
Some prefer floating and just going with the flow, taking whatever comes their way. This method usually requires less focus, begins with less stress and takes considerably longer to reach the beach! The paddling crowd usually takes a while to get oriented, and if you are partnered with someone, a little practice to coordinate your work. Paddling begins with more focus, and starts out with the stress and excitement of coordination, but USUALLY yields the reward of reaching the destination sooner while running with the swiftest currents and avoiding the treacherous snares of rocks and low-hanging limbs.
Life is like a river!
Individuals and churches decide whether to float or paddle. At Brookstown Church, we have determined that there is great value and faithfulness in intentional planning, goal-setting, and implementing plans to reach our goals. One result of this determination is our Long Range Planning Committee- a group of paddling river guides.
The Committee’s task is two-fold: To Implement the Natural Church Development Strategic Planning Process on a 12-18 month cycle; and To Provide the Church Council with suggestions for 3-year, 5-year and 10-year goals for Brookstown Church in matters of physical plant, program and personnel. The goals will be consistent with the demographic trends in our surrounding communities, the strengths and opportunities which are presented by our communities, our congregation and the Connection, and our core values that Christ calls us to follow him, (equips us for faithfulness to) make disciples of all nations and transform the world!
Brookstown has a wonderful heritage in this community. We have come this far because of the faithfulness, foresight and labors of those who came before us. Our opportunity has come, and we choose to paddle!
Our Long Range Planning Committee is looking down river. Expect to hear from the Committee in the next few months.