Dear Windermere Friends,
In his book, Church Unique, Will Mancini says the most often over looked aspect of vision is this – a vision is to answer a compelling problem. This how a vision can give momentum to organizations. It drives our goals and creates alignment to overcome the problem.
Windermere can be a place to find solutions to the compelling problems we face in our society and in our churches. Windermere provides a Christian setting for life‐changing experiences. We build our strategy around four pillars – Christian hospitality, outdoor adventure, authentic relationships and God’s truth. If you are in a local church you know how hard it is to overcome society’s ills. Windermere can be a faithful partner for the local church.
Here are in my opinion the top culture trends we are facing along with the ways Windermere can help you addressed them.
- Church members are attending less frequently. It used to be a faithful member was at church 4 times a month. Now, faithful members are in church 2 times a month. Things have changed. Our lives are not being shaped by the gospel in 2‐3 hours a month.
Windermere vision: We believe that lives are changed by Biblical truth. Think about this: By attending a retreat, a faithful church member can hear more scripture in one weekend than in 2‐3 months of church attendance.
- Our society is an “alone society.” That is right, examples are endless: driving to work alone is increasing, more young adults are living alone, technology makes it easy to experience media alone and in fact, what was once called mass media is now called “on demand.”
Windermere vision: True Christian hospitality creates an environment where people can get to know others. People get closer when they have fun together. Windermere can be the place where you discover the riches of other people!
- Families are having difficulty finding time to be together. Families spend just eight hours a week together on average. Researchers say the weekend is best with two hours twenty minutes devoted to the family each day. During the week the amount of time shrinks to just 36 minutes on average each day.
Windermere vision: Our beautiful campus is a place where realistic family relationships can flourish. Nearly 25% of our ministry is family related. The primary examples are reunions, retreats and volunteering as a family. Think about this: By sharing a family experience at Windermere a family could triple the national average of time spent together as a family.