In Part 2 of this story, we learn that Pastor Tim chooses to partner with Semper Vita.
He was intrigued with Semper Vita's concept of partnering—and, he wanted it to work. It helped that Semper Vita wasn’t a church or church-wannabe. They saw themselves as a missional partner—relieving him of the stress and guilt of providing missional opportunities in the community, as well as the pressure of keeping just one more program going.
The Church Signed Up
So, he signed up his church, created a profile and announced it to his members. He was excited that he could provide the people in his congregation with choices of either community-based volunteer opportunities or those originated through Valley View programs. This arrangement allowed Pastor Tim to give his people choices and allowed the community to ask for help when they needed it...all without adding additional work, staff or programs.
Brendan Beat Him To It
He felt like he was breathing again. He was pleasantly surprised to learn that Brendan, one of the leaders in his congregation, had been a Semper Vita volunteer and was loving it. He remembered how after learning about the organization, he had spoken to Brendan in the lobby the following Sunday. He had mentioned that he had just learned about Semper Vita. He noticed how Brendan’s face lit up. Brendan told him how he’d found them through receiving an invitation from a mutual friend to participate in a volunteer opportunity. He explained that he’d been serving ever since, using his executive skills for about six months and loving it. He could still hear Brendan's urging, “We should join with Semper Vita as a church, Pastor.” Now they had!
He allowed himself to dream for a moment...
Imagine Valley View people volunteering with their neighbors. Impacting the community, being excited about the opportunities and bringing that excitement back on Sundays.
Over the next few Sundays, Pastor Tim told his Valley View congregation about new ways to be involved in the surrounding community. He had always talked about the value of neighbors and the importance of being part of the community. He encouraged people to sign up for the upcoming training event to find their fit for service.
A community connected creating a lasting impact. Now Valley View is part of the network. Can you imagine if we all worked together?