NOTE: This forum apparently did not survive the move so we're re-creating it today. Sorry!
We're excited to announce today the creation of a new addition to the site - the CAA Servant Alliance! The Servant Alliance is a self-organizing group who share a common goal - serving the board's spiritual needs through prayer, helping in the CGQ&A forum, and the Devotional Readings area, and other areas of support that the group decides on.
To be perfectly honest, I'm kind of ashamed that the Spiritual Growth forum has not received the respect it deserves. Since the number and mods required to provide the level of spiritual support needed, we're asking those of you who feel the Spirit's prompting to consider helping out and volunteering in this way.
So how is this going to work? For starters, the group is self-organizing. By self-organizing, we mean that the mods are not going to run this thing. It's up to the volunteers to decide what they want to do and how they want to contribute. It's up to the group to decide how they want to run things and what they want to accomplish, but to help kick-start things we're offering the following three areas where we have identified a need, and we believe people may want to help out. We're not expecting everyone will serve in every area, so if something below isn't interesting to you, please don't shy away from another area that looks more interesting!
1) Prayer Support. In the past, we had a group that called themselves the Prayer Warriors who were a tremendous asset. We're hoping to see volunteers who will help support each other in prayer. Obviously the requests in the Prayer Requests forum are a great place to start, but we certainly wouldn't say no to additional prayer support for the board as a whole, for effective outreach, strength for the moderators, etc! Perhaps the group will want to work asynchronously, or find a way to pray as a community through chat or Skype, etc. However you guys want to run things is fine with us.
2) Assistance in the Christian Growth Questions and Answers forum. While we certainly don't expect this group to be the end-all repository of answers to all questions, we're hoping that some members of this group would be willing to be active in this forum and help out by providing prayerful encouragement to people.
3) Devotional Readings. At one time, Rev Doc provided some absolutely amazing daily devotional readings to the members of the board. God had other work he needed done, however, and Rev Doc stepped down from this roll. We've been waiting for someone to step up and fill this role, but the enormity of this task has discouraged people from filling this role. As such, we're changing the name of the "Daily Devotionals" forum to "Devotional Readings." We're hoping the Servant Alliance will be able to divide up the work of preparing devotional readings to help spread out the work load and provide devotionals on a semi-regular basis - even if it's not every day. Maybe you'll want to start out with devotionals every week or two and move on from there? It's our hope that a group serving in this way can help maintain an acceptable level of quality and punctuality.
So that's a quick run-down on how we got here. We've created this forum to allow members to work together and volunteer to help in certain areas, share and discuss your own ideas for ways to provide support, etc. If the members of the CAASA group wanted to come up with a way to designate they are members (perhaps using the user preferences "location" field, a graphical overlay on the avatars, a signature graphic or slogan, etc), this is a great place to start that discussion as well.
We thank you in advance for contributing to all the good we know God will accomplish through the willingness of our awesome board members to help server their brothers and sisters in Christ!
Mithrandir and the Moderator staff of CAA