Well everyone, after several days of sleepless nights and living like a hermit in my 10×12 room–I finally finished my mock church proposal for an environmental, socio-political church.
It took longer than expected; granted:
- It is 40 pages long
- I designed a logo for it (not the image to the right)
- Full branding guideline and standards manual
- Marketing Materials
- Marketing Plan
- Mission/Vision Statement
- Core Values
- Demographic breakdown of my proposed area. With graphs and charts.
- Breakdown of over 50 community organizations to establish partnerships with
- Programs Offered
- Bio of the proposed pastor (me)
Not to mention the fact that halfway through this project I decided that there was no way I could ever consider myself to be a born-again Christian. That kind of threw me for a loop, and took some wind out of my sails. It’s hard to design a fundamentalist Pentecostal church when you yourself go to a Unitarian one, and practice Buddhist meditation.
However, I modified the project and turned the church into a multi-faith congregation; affiliated with both religious and secular institutions and organizations; highly involved in human rights, feeding the hungry, environmentalism, animal rights, and social justice. Heck, I even have it suggested to team up with Food Not Bombs, to hold religious tolerance meetings, a plan to get into the local Universities, and start up a counseling program for “at risk” kids.
One of my favorite parts was the mention of teaming up with the local Gay Rights chapter and having a booth at the Pride Parade. As well as the Tree Planting teams, and nature hikes while meditating on various proverbs.
Funny part is that this could actually work, and I would personally go to such a place… in a heartbeat.
Too bad there is no way in hell that any chapter of the Assemblies of God, or PAOC would ever let this thing fly. Although, who knows? There has to be some kind of a religious organization out there that would welcome me as a member and a leader.
Sorry, nothing deep to say tonight about religion. Nothing witty. I am just stoked that my paper is done, and that after a day or tow of rest things may get back to normal for me. I was certainly burning out.
If anyone is interested in seeing my actual paper–let me know. I’d be happy to share a pdf with you.
Take care all.
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