Here are five groups of questions that might be useful to structure initial talks between circuits, who just might have a shared future.
“Simon and his brother Andrew were casting nets into the lake, for they were fishermen.” Mark1:16
What expectations for the future did Simon (Peter) and Andrew have at this point?
What happened to Simon over the next five years?
Read the rest of verse 16 and the next three verses.
How much did they understand of what they were letting themselves in for, before they followed Christ’s call?
How much do we need to know before we follow the call?
Who are we?
What sort of people are we?
Where are our churches, and what are they like?
How many of us are there?
What is special about us?
What is our style?
How do we work?
Who are our staff members?
Is that expected to change and if so when?
Do we have Circuit Services?
What is our structure of committees?
What are our meeting patterns?
What is the style and mood of our meetings?
Where does the best discussion take place?
What are our ecumenical relations like?
What are our finances like?
Do we want to discuss this yet?
Do we want to share figures or just general shapes?
Should money be a factor in deciding how we work?
In general terms how strong are our circuit finances?
What are our key policies?
What are our financial expectations for the next few years?
Hopes and fears
What would we like to do if we had the energy, time and resources?
What things are causing us concern?
What are our greatest aspirations for the future?
What do we need to achieve them?
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