RenewalWorks:

Where are we going? How will we get there?

 

  Image courtesy of RenewalWorks.org.

Image courtesy of RenewalWorks.org.

 

Welcome to St Tim’s RenewalWorks Page

Update October 8: Inventory has closed

St. Tim’s is taking part in RenewalWorks to help us reflect as individuals and as a congregation on our spiritual vitality. The first step was a parish-wide survey, the Spiritual Life Inventory, which ran from September 16 to October 7. In this stage, 100 percent of the average adult Sunday attendance responded. It was a remarkable demonstration of the commitment of the parishioners to the ongoing vitality of St. Tim’s.

Your Continuing participation Helps insure St Tim’s continued growth

in service to Parishioners and the community.

As part of the entire process, we want to join some of the conversations generated by the inventory itself. What was your impression of the inventory? Were the questions clear and the answers properly delineated? What changes would you suggest for the next edition of the Episcopal Spiritual Life Inventory?

We will devote a session of the Adult Forum on October 14 at 9 am to talking about the inventory itself.

As an incentive, the RenewalWorks team will provide bagels and shmear at the forum. No need to stop on the way. Grab a cup of coffee on the way down,

Have other questions? Grab a RenewalWorks committee members for more information. Some of the most frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Question: What is RenewalWorks anyway?

Answer: RenewalWorks is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that helps congregations identify their strengths and their needs and develop well-grounded programs to exploit their strengths and remedy their needs.

Q. How does RenewalWorks do all of that?

A. The principal tool is the Spiritual Life Inventory, an anonymous online survey (multiple choice format) that will ask about individual parishioners’ spiritual life: spiritual beliefs and attitudes, participation in organized church activities, personal spiritual practices, and faith in action. The RenewalWorks organization will compile the individual results into a profile of St Tim’s, and provide comparisons of our results with other congregations (from the Episcopal and other traditions). The team will provide all this data to Fr. Nick and our RenewalWorks committee. With the information, the staff can assess how well existing programs are meeting parishioners’ needs and target new programs to address any unmet needs.

Q. What’s St. Tim’s process for all of this?

A. Great question! We emailed a link to all parishioners on September 16. By the time of the close of the inventory on October 7, over 90 percent of adults had responded.

The RenewalWorks staff will compile and analyze the individual results into a parish profile. The RenewalWorks committee, parish staff, and vestry will then take on the task of translating the data into action steps for the parish. That part also takes time. The RenewalWorks committee has committed to reporting to the parish on the results of the process at the Annual General Meeting scheduled for next January.

 Q. How did we get involved in RenewalWorks? Is this a big moneymaker for the Church?

A. St Tim’s involvement with RenewalWorks results from work at the Parish Conference last January. There, spiritual renewal was recognized as a major priority for the parish. A group began exploring RenewalWorks several months ago and concluded that it was something we could profitably use. The rector, staff, and vestry all concurred.

The cost to St Tim’s of $500 (incredible for the amount of service we are receiving) has been met by the generous donation of an anonymous parishioner.

Q. Has anyone else we ever heard of done this before?

A. Around 200 Episcopal congregations and 2000 other congregations have participated in RenewalWorks. This September, another 40 Episcopal congregations are undertaking the process. In Colorado, both St. John’s Cathedral in Denver and St. Gabriel’s in Cherry Hills have participated. While results vary from congregation to congregation, St. Tim’s due diligence work found that results overall and throughout the country have been very positive.

 Q. Haven’t we done enough soul-searching already over the past five years?

A. St Tim’s has been through a lot over the past several years, and through it all we have done much soul-searching. Our focus in the past has been on the way that we work together. RenewalWorks has a different focus: Even when we work well together, are we making a difference in each other’s lives? It may seem to be a fine distinction, but it’s important.