Pathway Future Story #1

Future Story #1 – 2014 (Two Generational Focus Model)

(Jan 26, 09 version)

Pathway is recognized by the Tri City community as an open, questioning, thinking congregation providing ministries where boomers and young adults (20-30’s) converge to ask their questions, openly share their ideas, and find a place to investigate and grow their spiritual life.  Programs are offered to meet the needs of people in different stages of faith development.

Multiple worship experiences meet the needs of the two-generation groups. Pathway’s current calendar includes multiple small groups, Bible studies, social and ministry events appealing to a diverse congregation. Each group has developed their own leadership with oversight of the senior pastor.  The growing staff and leadership teams reflect the cultural diversity of our congregation and community. To maintain unity, spirit and mission, we frequently meet together for worship, mission and social events.  To best facilitate the needs of both congregations, a modern welcome center has been added to the existing building, giving a look that is more inviting.  This center includes an internet café and reflects an upgraded overall facility. The congregation has shifted to a media-intense focus that includes cutting edge technology and social networks.

Pathway is currently breaking ground for a new family resource center and sports complex.

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5 Comments on “Pathway Future Story #1”

  1. bstryd Says:

    We need to address the issue of cultural diversity in each of the stories. In this one, we might find work at diversity along with the young adults, who connect across ethnic lines much more naturally.

  2. Jean Kovach Says:

    I have always enjoyed the homogeneous feeling of worshipping with all ages at the same service. But, I can see that separate age specific study, social and worship groups could help more people connect within those age groups as they grow in numbers.

  3. Janet Takayanagi Says:

    What specifically would we do to be more attractive to these age groups that we have not already tried?
    ( I am thinking primarily of the “Boomer” category?)
    How can we make our facility interesting enough to make this age group interested enough to check us out?

  4. Matthew Breen Says:

    On the 20’s – 30’s group:
    I can see how having a separate location might make it easier to invite friends who are skeptical or critical of “Churches”. The financing of a leased space is a concern but I don’t think it is insurmountable.
    It would require a real commitment of the core group to keep it functional and growing.

    On boomers:
    I think it would require looking for a church who is currently adding Boomers to emulate as I also am not sure what would draw them in…Grandchildren events?

  5. Pat Stryd Says:

    We have never really capitalized on our strength of being a “thinking” church. This is sought after in our more liberal/democratic bay area. This could be a real entry point for both boomers and 20-Somethings. Unfortunately our 50’s building tells a much different story about who we are.

    We must let our community know of our DNA.

    2 Sites: I have a hope that as our 20’s kids grow, marry, and have kids, that they may be more interested in Pathhway. If they are at their own site it may become “out of sight, out of mind.” This also becomes a real cost issue.

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