can begin the process of Temple of the Goddess Affiliation by:
Dream and Vision
Determine your vision. Dream of the Temple or spiritual home that would
inspire you. Ask yourself what that Temple would be like.
Gather and Communicate
Call together those people that you share a spiritual practice with. This
spiritual family is essential to the creation of a Temple. Ask them to
bring their own vision of a Temple or spiritual home. Listen respectfully
knowing that communication includes the art of listening as well as
speaking. Let the vision expand and contract with those you’ve called
Design and Develop
Develop an overall
sense or statement of mission with people who are inspired by your dream.
Answer the all-important question: "Why would your new congregation serve
the community better than the churches that are already there?"
In reflection and prayer, find the answer to the question: "What does
want me to do?"
Decide on which model of congregational development your new congregation
will follow. Define what is to happen after the initial public meeting.
At an initial public meeting, present your Good News in a way the community
has never heard before.
Whatever your next step is -- worship, group discussions, community-building
events -- do them immediately following the initial public meeting, while
there is interest.
Keep moving forward, taking advantage of the momentum from the initial
public meeting and your first steps.