Discovery Conversations

 

The summaries listed below highlights the larger themes from the individual conversations based on repetition and resonance. For a gift or a need to be listed in the Discovery Call Report, a gift or need had to be referenced by three or more interviewees. Being directly referenced three or more times represents 10% or more of the overall group of interviewees.

Summary of Needs of Congregations

  • Financial Stress (including high facilities cost) – 6
  • Addressing Political Polarization & Changing Demographics – 6
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations – 4
  • Lay Leader Training – 4
  • Need for Hopeful, Prophetic voice – 3
  • Direct Engagement with CBF Staff & Congregation – 3
  • Help Engaging in Ecumenical Partnerships / Sharing Ideas – 3

Summary of Larger Needs in the World

  • Poverty – 8
  • Economic Inequality – 4
  • Isolation – 4
  • Hunger – 3
  • Need for Prophetic voice – 3

Summary of CBF Needs

  • Increasing Diversity in Leadership and Churches – 7
  • Clear Focus and Communication of CBF Identity – 5
  • More Staff Presence in Churches – 3

Summary of CBF Gifts

  • Field Personnel – 13
  • Women in Leadership – 8
  • CBF’s Moderate “big tent” approach to support diverse theological perspectives – 6
  • Growing Presence of Young Leaders – 5
  • Global Missions – 4
  • Large Relational Networks – 4
  • Peer Learning Groups – 3
  • Nimble & Adaptable – 3