Existing Faith Communities
Our church likely rises and falls with the missional investment of the laity. Are you ready for an experience that will set your local church on fire for making discipling disciples? Gather a group of leaders along with your pastor and explore ways to re-engage and empower the laity! This experience is designed for a group of local church leaders to journey through key areas of high potential laity impact such as cultural, relationship, worship, missions, and leadership. There will be eight one hour sessions in total and the schedule is determined and coordinated with the laity leader and laity facilitator to best fit the local church’s needs.
The United Methodist Church was founded as a movement of laity and reached millions of people. If you are ready to spark a new laity movement in your church, contact Kay Kotan and begin the conversation!
More information coming soon.
- Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church by Mike Schreiner and Ken Willard
- Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth by Greg L. Hawkins and Cally Parkinson
- Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully Engaged Members of Your Church by Nelson Searcy
REACHING OUR COMMUNITY
Hospitality Hospitality or rather radical hospitality provides a first impression for guests. As the saying goes, we never get a second chance to make a first impression. Hospitality is meeting the minimum expectations of a guest. Radical hospitality is going above and beyond expectations. We often limit ourselves to thinking about hospitality only on Sunday morning. But we want to instead think about radical hospitality whenever anyone interacts with our church. What does radical hospitality look like for the scouts who meet on Tuesday night or the Zumba class who meets on Friday morning? The front door to our church is now often the church website. You may never have an opportunity to welcome them at your church if a guest does not have a pleasant experience on your website first. Is your website created to navigate easily and have a focus towards guests rather than regular attenders? How are your planning and implementing radical hospitality for your church 24/7?
- Clip In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church by Jim Ozier and Fiona Haworth
- Becoming a Welcoming Church by Thom S. Ranier
- Hospitality Ministry Volunteer Handbook: Equipping You to Serve by Greg Atkinson
MissionInsite Did you know there is a tool every church has access to that will provide you with extensive data about your community? MissionInsite provides information to keep you informed about the neighborhoods around your church such as population trends, average age, ethnicity, vocation, household numbers and sizes, and so much more. You also have access to information that will help you understand your neighborhood demographics through mosaic types. Experian’s Mosaic® USA is a household-based consumer lifestyle segmentation system that classifies all U.S. households and neighborhoods into 71 unique types and 19 overarching groups, providing a 360-degree view of consumers’ choices, preferences and habits. We recommend you run demographic reports a minimum of once a year to keep up on trends in your community so you are well equipped with the information you need to know how to most effectively reach your neighbors. To sign up, please contact the Center for Multiplying Disciples.
Bridge Events These are events held outside of the church building and preferably off church grounds for the sole purpose of building relationships with the un-churched/de-churched in your mission field. These events are “P-Free Zones:” No preaching, no pressure, no prayers, and no pocketbooks.
SIMPLIFIED ACCOUNTABLE STRUCTURE
A simplified accountable structure makes it possible for your church to better focus on leadership equipping, missional alignment, and your next steps in ministry. Meanwhile, removing bureaucratic redundancies allows more members to spend their time in service as disciples who make disciples. By consolidating administrative functions into a single leadership board, disciples can focus on using their spiritual gifts and passions for ministry to contribute to the vitality of the congregation as it seeks to reach the mission field. This method of simplifying your church’s administrative leadership and governance is allowed by ¶247.2 of the 2016 Discipline of the United Methodist Church.
- Winning On Purpose: How To Organize Congregations to Succeed in Their Mission by John Kaiser
- Mission Possible: A Simple Structure for Missional Effectiveness by Blake Bradford & Kay Kotan
- More resources coming soon.