Friends of St. John by the Gas Station

Today, I attended the workshop presented by "Sacred Spaces".  This is a new initiative we in New England are starting in partnership with Partners for Sacred Spaces. The workshop was an initial description of how a nine month planning process for congregations to plan to connect their major asset (the building) with needs in the community, along with how to fund it.  Good stuff.  We;ve got 8 congregations signed up.  If you are interested, let me know ASAP.  You can learn more at this link to learn more about New Dollars/New partners.

But, I want to share with you one small idea.  Start a "Friends of ________".  This could be a group of people who are not members, but value what you do.  An example would be a Friends of you Preschool.  Potential members are all the families who send their kids, or used to send their kids.  You can start a newsletter to them, eventually ask them for support.  If you are a New England Synod congregation, contact me and I can describe how this could work.  

In the meantime, check out the links above.