The First Parish Church in Taunton has grown a lot in recent months. It’s been exciting to be part of such a vibrant community, and I feel like we are doing something both amazing and transformative.
But let’s be honest. Growth does not happen magically. There was thought put into our growth, and a decision made on the part of the church that we had both a theological and moral responsibility to grow. Our spiritual community has changed a lot in the past few months, and will continue to change as we develop, becoming an ever-more vibrant and relevant home for more and more people. It’s a tremendous thing to be part of – so tremendous that I’m even having a hard time putting the joy and excitement into words! – but it is something that we know we cannot do alone.
So a few months ago, we decided to ask for help. We went to Paul Nickerson, a veteran church coach, and person who I worked with when I was re-starting the First Unitarian Church of Norton. And through some conversations, we came up with idea of hosting a Growth Conference at First Parish Church in Taunton.
To say that I’m excited about this conference would be putting it REALLY mildly. I’m excited about what we will learn from Paul, and about how the Vitality Team that will come out of the conference will support us in the year to come. I’m excited about how this can help our church grow and develop in sustainable, healthy ways. And I’m THRILLED at the idea of sharing this learning opportunity with my friends and colleagues!
As of today, the registration for the Growth Conference is officially open. Registration is through Eventbrite, and all you have to do is click here, and you’ll be brought right to the site. Feel free to contact me with questions, and I look forward to seeing all of you in October!