Devotions are tailored as much as possible to the current state of the Parish and the direction in which it seems to be going. They may ask hard questions or point out potential decision points or trouble spots. Their purpose is to ask the leadership to stop and ponder and pray as we move into the future.
At the monthly Parish Board meeting, the comments and thoughts from previous meetings are shared and discussed.
In this way, the leadership throughout the month are sharing and discussing the same "lesson" and come together at the final meeting of the month to further learn from one another.
This practice has helped remind us all that leadership at UCP is a spiritual calling, not just a "job that has to be done."
The Board currently uses devotional materials designed specifically for meetings. These are found in the book "This Is How We Begin", published by the United Church of Christ. Because the material is copyrighted, we do not publish it on our web pages. This site contains more information about this valuable resource.
To view a sampling of devotions from previous years (pdf format), click here.