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Building For Future Use – By Rev. Alan Mead

We enjoy watching the construction of a new bridge being built over the inlet. It is now more than 19 months since work first began. It is being built alongside the existing bridge, which will be demolished when the first span is completed. All traffic will use the new span while the original bridge is demolished and the second span is built. The entire project is supposed to take close to four years to complete. Today, as we walked by several workers and their heavy machinery, I marveled at the power and precision involved in building a bridge that is over one half mile long, and how heavy traffic flow along Shore Drive is able to continue with minimal disruption during the transition phase. As I walked, thinking of the extra cost and planning that were necessary to keep traffic moving during transition, I thought of a congregation entering transition and wondered how much thought and planning go into making sure that worship and mission activities continue without interruption and, related to that, what planning and resources go into building for any future increase in ministry and mission? Leading a congregation through transition, building for a future with increased mission and ministry, takes training and experience. What new structures will be needed? Do the old structures continue to work? Or do they need thoughtful adjusting? Are we willing to invest more than a year and a half of business as usual? Food for thought.

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