It all started when…

At the January, 2019 annual meeting, the congregation committed to a program of introspection and discernment for the future of First Presbyterian Church of Watertown. We partnered with Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation http://www.hopepmt.org/transform/new-beginnings/ to follow their program for churches in a transitional period, to allow adaptation to new realities. We live in a very different world than we did even 20 years ago. In order to sustain our church’s witness in the community, it is vital to cultivate insights into bold decisions for the future.

The New Beginnings program consists of 5 phases.

  1. Assessment - Read report here

  2. Facilitator Training

  3. House Meetings

  4. Decision

  5. Implementation

First Presbyterian is currently in phase 3, conducting the house meetings. We expect to finish these in early October.