From hope to pessimism to renewal

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We have posted the audio to the Reverend Frieda Gillespie’s May 2 sermon, titled “Deep in the Soil the Seed Unfolds.” Given on the day of our annual meeting, two years into her ministry, Reverend Frieda delivered a progress report both for herself and the congregation.

During her sermon, she addressed a phenomenon known as “The Emotional Cycle of Change” — a roller-coaster that takes a congregation with a new minister from “uninformed optimism” to “informed pessimism” and, finally, to “sustainable confidence.” Such an outcome is not guaranteed — but it is something to work toward as we continue the work of building a larger church. For a better understanding, click on the accompanying graphic.

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