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Religious Services - Community Ministry
Community
 
Because community (what is held in common) and good interpersonal relationships are central to all religious traditions and to spiritual growth and development we in religious services commit ourselves to creating a stronger community of believers among ourselves. If we have the courage to create community among ourselves we can more effectively model and help create community among those we serve. If our ministry is rooted in a strong and authentic community it will flourish.
 
We will make this area of our work a priority in our lives by taking the following actions:
 
Monthly Meetings.  We will come together as a group for a least one day during ten months of every year, one of these gatherings (the annual retreat) will be for at least two days.
 
Personal Courage and Honesty.   At our monthly meetings we will create a "safe place" in which we can honestly share and listen to our true thoughts and feelings about our work and lives of faith in a spirit of mutual respect and support.
 
Partnering. Each member will make a commitment to a partnership with another member for ongoing mutual support and encouragement.
 
Personal Development. Each member will share responsibility for the faith-full development of the pastoral services community by doing something each year to enhance their personal development and briefly share that event with the group at one of the monthly meetings.
 
Personal Creativity. Each member will undertake a yearly creative project that makes use of their unique area of personal competence.
 
Theological and Personal Diversity. At least once a year we will devote time at a monthly meeting to gaining a greater understanding and appreciation of each member's personal and/or denominational distinctiveness.
 
Connectedness. We will not isolate ourselves in our individual ministries but will reach out to other members of the Religious Services unit to share our experiences of such things as isolation, loneliness, frustration, joy, and achievement.
 
Community Visits. The administrator of religious services will visit each member at his or her work site regularly to discuss institution specific issues and the professional development of each member.
 
Community Contacts. The administrator of religious services will maintain an up to date contact list for each member of the pastoral services team and this list will be made available to all members.