Sunday, August 26, 2012
A Vision for the Hebrew Roots Movement: Question 32
"When there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18)
"…A cord of three strands is not easily broken" (Ecc 4:12)
"If one takes in hand a number of reeds bound together, can one break them? Only if they are separated, each from the other, can they be broken," (Tanchuma Nitzavim 1).
The Hebrew Roots movement shows a lot of promise. It is only a fledging movement but through grassroots efforts it has spread all over the country and even the world. Believers from all different denominations and even religious backgrounds are awakening to the beauty of G-d's Torah.
But there are serious dangers threatening the movement. HR congregations are typically isolated. As individual communities are faced with resolving complex doctrinal issues (e.g. what role should traditional Jewish halachah play in communal life?), many have become confused and discouraged. And, very recently, major organizations affiliated with main line Messianic organizations are directly attacking the core values of the Hebrew Roots movement.
Aside from those threats, there are individual congregational needs that are not being met. Key institutions that are the hallmark of healthy religious organizations are largely absent from the Hebrew Roots movement. We need congregational networks, centralized leadership training, boards tasked with developing much-needed liturgical publications.
The Sages (I know you are out there) must come forward and start developing a long range plan for the Hebrew Roots movement, a plan that will organize long range plan committee(s) and allow the movement to work together to achieve goals much larger than anything achievable by any single community. I think this is why the Ruach put a verse into my head that I recently put in a blog post: "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour" (Ecc 4:9). Together we can achieve things that we could ever achieve individually. Together we can pool resources, allow the gifted ones with various specialties to bless the Body. Plans fail for lack of counselors. So we must have scores of counselors! You must all come forward now and be courageous as we move to establish a worldwide community of one law (hakahal chukah achat).
ON TO THE QUESTION
How do we establish a long range plan? What sorts of nuts and bolts need to go into it? Are there any Sages out there who can help us? Who out there specializes in strategic planning?
Posted by Peter at 1:01 PM