Keeping in mind this is all an ‘experiment’, meaning we don’t know what is unfolding and any vision is only an estimated direction….
What we do know is that this is about “True Participation”, which to me means engaging with people on a conversational level more than simply watching a speaker speak.
At the moment, our weekly Saturday Services are small enough that everyone has a chance to speak in the allotted 2 hours, if they so choose.
However, when the number of attendees doubles or triples and it would take all day to give everyone a chance to speak, the format will need to change a bit.
It feels important that we plan now for training facilitators to work with smaller groups, in order to accommodate for this. Larger groups are wonderful, but it’s also possible for people to become passive listeners instead of being fully engaged. The cultural temptation is to become another guru show with followers trying to understand the message. Rather, I want this to become an active community engagement experience where we have clear forums for vulnerability and genuine interpersonal connection.
The “need” is often unknown, people often do not know what they need. They may need to be confronted, they may need to be hugged and held, they may need to simply feel like they are in a safe space without condemnation.
It is an energetic ask, not necessarily a conscious or verbal request.