Pastor’s Column


I’m taking this opportunity to briefly introduce a church visioning experience opportunity called Dawnings. This comes as the result of work done by my ad-hoc WHBC Vision Team whom John Thompson, Graham Cheek and I have been working with since this past January. The ad-hoc WHBC Vision Team consists of the three staff members, Chuck Nimmo, Claudia Nimmo, Mitch Thomas, Marsha McAlister, Susan Gaske, and Elaine Schrader. This group proposed Dawnings as a good next step for seeking what God wants for our church. The Dawnings experience was approved by our Church Council on September 10th, and the Dawnings retreat will be held in January, 2020. Stay tuned for details!

A few words of introduction:

Dawnings invites your church to see the world and your ministry within it with fresh clarity and purpose. The rhythm of Dawnings helps your congregation develop skills through visioning, forming, and engaging that will transform how your church views its ministry and mission efforts. Are you and your church ready for spiritual renewal? Take the next step and discover how your church can embrace a new day through Dawnings?

Dawnings Retreats
The first step in the Dawnings process is participation in a Dawnings retreat. This retreat is done either regionally where multiple church leadership teams gather for a retreat or a single church Dawnings retreat. The participants receive an in-depth look at the Dawnings process and begin to experience the approach it offers.

Congregational Design Process
After participating in a retreat, churches lead an expanded congregational design team through an 11-session spiritual conversation. In each session, the team will engage in experiences and conversations that will energize the church in a new way and reform and even transform the ministries of the congregation.

Dawnings Bible Study Guide
This guide for small groups, Sunday School classes, or individuals provides a rhythm of daily and seasonal living that helps participants orient their personal lives to God’s dream for the world and their mission in it.

I had the opportunity to attend a Dawnings retreat offered at Eagle Eyrie in 2014. A reflection I wrote following this can be found here. It further explains the Dawnings approach to church vision conversation.

Three individuals have agreed to function as a Dawnings Retreat Planning Group between now and January. These folks will simply be making sure all the details regarding sign-ups, space, and hospitality are taken care of. I offer a word of appreciation to Pete Parks, Carol Mitchell, and Susan Releford for agreeing to take on this task.

I look forward to discussing the Dawnings opportunity further and appreciate your willingness to be part of the conversation.

Your Fellow Servant,


Dr. Jim Hunter, II

Dr. Jim Hunter, II

Senior Pastor


If we choose, stillness can be an indulgence worth experiencing.
. . . The question remains with us; are we able to be quiet? Are we able to be still?