Starting Point is our brand for groups where you can simply get to know some people. The brand works. People show up. We are providing a path toward something they value: friends.
Beyond providing something that people value, we had some unsolved problems. We were stuck - stagnant. We tried lots and lots and lots of things in 2007, without a clear perspective of how to get unstuck.
I am a problem solver. When I exercise, I work hard. When I cook, I use the high setting. When I dance, it's crazy. When I sing, I'm reminded I shouldn't. And when I work, I run fast. When it's too fast, I go in circles.
Before 2007 ended, I stopped. In the silence, I gained a solid focus to move us forward. I forget too often that being still is necessary to discover God's leading.
Developing two unique facilitator teams is described here. Creating a great atmosphere is described here. Creating a way for people to have more choice about who they will be grouped with for 6 meetings is described here.
The measurement of 2008 progress: 77% of the people who attended the first launch returned for week 2. We have a great volunteer tracking statistics in 2008! In 2007, we had ballpark figures - not so helpful for problem solving - but it was good enough to recognize a problem. In 2007, we had approximately 60% returning from the launch to week 2. I'm very pleased!
I'm excited to keep finding solutions that translate into people discovering that they matter to people and they matter to God.