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NCP Open Space

NCP Open Space: An Invitation To Share Your Passion and Leadership

The goal of NCP Open Space is to provide time and space for presbyters (that is, teaching and ruling elders) to network and share ideas, build relationships, and launch new mission initiatives or partnerships arising from your own passion and leadership.

Teaching and ruling elders in NCP (you do not have to be a commissioner) are invited to come and share an idea around which you have a passion, and invite others to join you in seeing where that idea might lead.

You could…

  • Organize a new mission initiative (with troubled youth, or creating community gardens, or….)
  • Provide a forum to share information about a topic of concern (such as gun violence, or the Middle East, or…)
  • Create a network across congregations to accomplish a task that your congregation can’t achieve by itself (such as networking smaller congregations to plan a combined youth mission trip, or share Christian education resources, or…)
  • Invite others in a shared demographic to join you for sharing and mutual support (such as associate pastors who work with youth, or multi-cultural church leaders, or…)

Any topic that serves the Presbytery’s purpose to “empower and challenge our congregations to be missional, pastoral, and prophetic” is fair game.

Open Space Guidelines:

  1. There are no more than 10 Open Spaces offered per presbytery meeting
  2. Groups are limited to hosting no more than three Open Spaces per year (Unless extra spaces are available)
  3. Descriptions of Open Space offerings, up to 10, will be posted on NCP website as they are submitted up until two weeks before presbytery meeting. Send Open Space Topics to: LaJuan Quander, lquander@thepresbytery.org.
  4. Groups must provide their own room set up and technical equipment, including projectors/screens/laptops. Neither NCP nor National PC staff can assist with Open Space set up.
  5. To answer questions and check on room assignments, contact: Jan Moody, jmoody@thepresbytery.org.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do I have to be an expert on the idea I have in mind? No. The first question you may need to figure out is, “Who do we need to talk with to figure out how to make this work?”
  • Can I just throw out ideas and hope someone else will run with them? No. You don’t have to do the work all by yourself, but you must be willing to take leadership to figure out how to make your idea a reality. In Open Space Planning, the “idea bees” and the “worker bees” are the same people.
  • What if I don’t really have any bright ideas? Come! The success of Open Space depends upon a large group of people willing to gather with those willing to be leaders. Come to build new relationships and network with others. You will be inspired by the ideas of others, and can join with them in exploring how to make their idea a reality.
  • What if no one else wants to talk about my idea? Prepare to be surprised! That’s the “motto” of Open Space planning. You won’t know who else might be harboring a similar idea to yours until you share yours out loud—and often, you are surprised by the response! If you run your idea up the flagpole, and no one salutes, it may be that you can figure out next steps by yourself, or perhaps that this is just an idea whose time has not yet come.
  • Will there be staff or financial support for our ideas? Maybe, but don’t assume that to be the case. If resources will be needed, figuring out where they might come from will be one of the tasks for the group.

Other questions or more information contact Jan Moody, Presbytery Meeting Coordinator.