The Dream Project 2018-2019

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Over many generations, the First Pres community has witnessed God’s plan unfold on this corner and throughout the world. It has never been easy to clearly discern God’s plan for us, and today the noise from our rapidly changing world can make hearing God even more challenging.

The "Dream Team" has formed to explore the ministry vision for First Pres. Through prayer, study and active listening for God’s unfolding plan, the goal is to capture what God is inviting us to become in a few simple and clear sentences. To help in this process, there will be opportunities for the congregation to participate and give input. The Dream Team is praying, studying scripture and books, and being immersed in the new Mission Study Report, our current mission and vision statements, and other documents.  One of the books we are reading is The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church by Reggie McNeal. The team seeks the congregation’s input as we will discern and articulate a new vision for First Pres. Once a new vision is adopted by Session, it will be a guide in the process of calling a new Senior Pastor.


2019 April 16, 2019 Update | Reaching The Dream


Happy Spring! The Dream Project 2018 is nearing completion. After 8 months of prayer, data collection, and discernment we have crafted a new Mission Statement and Core Values for our church. They have been approved by Session and shared with a few small stakeholder groups. In May we will share them broadly in a variety of ways. We are excited to reveal what you and the Lord have given for our future direction! May we live up to our ideals and work humbly to “grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 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.” Ephesians 4:15-16


January 24, 2019 Update | The Dream Project Update!

Thank you to the over 300 people who provided 600 responses to our dreaming questions in October.   The Team has spent the last two months sorting, praying, and narrowing the responses down to core ideas.  We have developed draft core values, mission, and vision statements which were presented to Session on the January 15.  We hope to share these with you in early Spring.  We are pleased and excited with what we have heard from God through you and can’t wait to share them! 


October 26, 2018 Update | Dreaming in October!

Since we started our process, there have been several large group gatherings to dream together. We have had great participation and lots of learning. We met with ECs, small groups, staff, Elders, and Deacons. Contact us now if you and your ministry group would like us to come and lead the hour-long dream process. We have one more large group time scheduled before we begin our discernment process in early November: If you missed the opportunities to participate in a Dream Project meeting, please click here to give input by completing our survey by November 4, 2018.


Thank you for Dreaming With Us!

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The Dream Team,

Michael Barram
Charlene Chong, Elder
Karen Erickson, Chair
Chuck Fry, Mission Study Team Co-chair
Kathryn Hoffman
Mike Martinez
Jenna Mowat
Ruth Traylor
Steve Schibsted, Interim Senior Pastor
Vicki Stairs, Elder