One way our elders at Heritage seek to lead our church to maturity in Christ is by the simple work of answering questions. We do this in informal and private ways, and we do this in especially public ways such as our annual Elders Q&A. On November 14 at 4:30 p.m. we will host our third annual Elders Q&A. You should come.
Why Would We Do This to Ourselves?
It’s not always easy being on the spot, even if you’ve had time to think through what you might say. But it’s good for us as a team and it’s good for us as a church. Here’s why we host this evening each year.
- To promote a culture of openness and vulnerability.
- To model healthy question asking and answering.
- To enhance our elders’ unity and insight into the ministry.
- To clarify any ambiguities or gaps in our leadership for our members.
- To instruct in biblical eldership and increase the visibility for our team.
- To update the congregation on any timely projects or studies we’ve been working on.
We’ll plan for an hour and fifteen minutes. We’ll plan for dinner following.
Get Us Your Questions by October 10
If you have a question—think doctrine, church life, plans for our shared mission, etc.—you can get it to us in a variety of ways:
- Text. Text your question to 864.735.7465.
- Email. Email your question to email@example.com.
- Write. Grab a Connection Card on Sunday, scratch out your question, and drop that in an offering box.
- Form. Submit a question here.
- Tell. Communicate your question for the Q&A to an elder in person or through email. They’ll ask you to write it down so that we don’t lose your intent in translation, but you’re welcome to start with a conversation.
We’ll also have some time available in the evening to answer questions from you in a more impromptu style.
As a help in this process, aim to submit your questions by Sunday, October 10. This lead time helps us notice recurring themes, know how to devote time to particular questions, discuss any topics as a team if needed, and order our time in a way that best serves the congregation. We’ll certainly consider any questions that come in after that date.
As a reminder, we won’t be able to answer every question that gets asked. However, if you put your name on a question and we did not answer it at the Q&A, we will reach out to answer that question for you in person or by email. In some cases, we may devote a blog-post to the topic.
Before the Q&A, get acquainted with Heritage’s elders at the About Page. Also, here’s the recap from 2019 and from 2020 for those that couldn’t join us.