Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
In Silicon Valley entrepreneurs take their ideas to venture capital funds in hopes of getting the resources to start a new business. When they find a fund whose principles and goals align with their ideas, they find that venture capitalists (VCs) offer much more than financing. VCs act as a sounding board, providing important feedback, while helping to turn ideas into products, and to identify target customers and their needs. Most importantly, VCs draw on their networks to help entrepreneurs assemble a diverse team with complementary skills that make a start-up company have a much a greater chance of success.
In five years:
A more diverse community that reflects who lives around us, who goes to school with our children; people who work alongside those of us in the business and service worlds.
We have a community more diverse socio-economically—eager and joyfully sharing in our faith community.
We have a presence in Mountain View, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale that shouts out: find joy, fellowship, support, friendship at St. Tim’s, knowing that we are so blessed by a loving God. We all have a deeper understanding of our own discipleship that generates a Joy in Action. We look different from today! We reflect our mission field more authentically.
Our next rector will fill a role similar to that of venture capitalist in St. Timothy’s church. Just as VCs ensure that prospective companies align with the principles and values of their fund, the rector will ensure that new entrepreneurial ministries fit with our mission and available resources. If a ministry meets the mission of the Church, the rector will be a mentor, encourager, advisor, and leader willing to back a potential ministry built around a viable plan. New ministries, like new businesses, often run into roadblocks. The rector can help remove these obstacles, but more importantly, can encourage those who support the ministry to persist and ultimately to succeed in bringing the ministry to fruition. We hope that our next rector will become familiar with the spiritual gifts present in the parish and encourage people to apply their gifts where they are needed most. The ability to build consensus is critical for this type of ministry since we make decisions based on communal input. We have a traditional vestry for financial matters and the rector has traditional canonical authority, but we are not a hierarchical parish. Ministry at St. Timothy’s is a team effort. We look to our rector to provide spiritual insight for our entrepreneurial ministries and to challenge us to achieve all God has prepared for us to do.
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