The Congregation at Duke University Chapel

Deepening Our Relationships with One Another and with God

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Deepening Our Relationships with One Another and with God

presentation at Adult Forum by The Rev. Carol Gregg
Pastor to the Congregation
September 7, 2014

The Congregation at Duke Chapel

Adult Forum
September 7, 2014
Strategic Planning

Process and Participants

  • Seven members of Discernment Team
  • Review of Strategic Plans
  • Retreats, Discussions, Focus Groups
  • Input from approximately 125 individuals
small group discussion at Caraway


  1. General Satisfaction
  2. Affirmation of Current Ministries
  3. A Desire to Deepen
  4. Structures for Ministry
fellowship lunch event

Going Deeper

  • Deeper Relationship with God
  • Deeper Relationships with each other within the Congregation
  • Deeper Relationships with those outside our Congregation
  • More profound experience of the Christian life
Congregation members working in garden at service project at SEEDS

Ephesians 4:11-16

11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.


Why This Fits

  • Joined the Congregation
  • Danger of Spiritual Entertainment
  • Accountability
  • Call of Christ
member wearing a hat that fits

What Do We Need?

  • Entry Points
  • Ways to Connect
  • Shared Leadership
members working during a service project at a food pantry

How Do We Get There?

  • 10,000 Hours
  • Just Do It
  • Spiritual Exercises
  • Our Idea Chart
members ready to move (in front of a U-Haul truck)

Idea Chart

  • Under the new ideas:
  • Circle one or two items in each quadrant to affirm them
  • Cross out one item in each quadrant to indicate it is not a priority for you
  • Pass the sheets in to Nelson