Connection Center - Outreach Commission


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  • Working Document - revised June 22, 2009
  • Working Document - revised June 22, 2009
  • Working Document - revised June 22, 2009
  • Working Document - revised June 22, 2009
  • Connection Center - Outreach Commission

    1. 1. St. Luke’s U.M.C. Connecting Ministries CONNECTING MINSTIRES Welcoming: a 3-step approach Inviting, Engaging, Connecting Proposal for New Activities and Ministries Presented August 2010
    2. 2. What is Welcoming? <ul><li>Definition of Welcoming </li></ul><ul><li>Welcoming is how we show kindness, acceptance, and hospitality to everyone – guests and members alike. People catch glimpses of Christ through their encounters with us. </li></ul><ul><li>Welcoming is not the task of a committee or individual but a lifestyle shared by the entire congregation. </li></ul><ul><li>Welcoming others is part of who we are as Christians, a gift we offer to others; a gift God first offered to us. </li></ul><ul><li>Welcoming includes inviting, engaging, and connecting people into the church. </li></ul><ul><li>Steps of Welcoming </li></ul><ul><li>Step 1: Inviting – continue seeking ways to reach into the community for the purpose of bringing people into the church and to Christ. (Here, we define “inviting” as occurring before a person’s first visit to St. Luke’s.) </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Engaging – establish and develop relationships with individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3: Connecting – involve people into the life of the church for the purpose of making disciples of Christ </li></ul>
    3. 3. Overall Goals <ul><li>OVERALL OF KEY PLAN GOALS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote mission of the church (all efforts of this ministry will support our </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>church mission) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote welcoming culture (address lack of understanding among </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>congregation and staff as to what welcoming means, and implement on- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>going training efforts to help support a culture of welcoming) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve our communication and working efforts with laity and staff (e.g., </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increase church signage, reduce/clarify use of “churchy” language, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>enhance collaboration among staff and laity to achieve common goals, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>support more effective partnering of staff and laity to reduce tendency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>towards “silo” working styles) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to faithfully carry out our mission and goals with prayer and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>thanksgiving (this includes working faithfully and creatively to achieve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>goals despite a downturned economic climate) </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>INVITING </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><ul><li>Our members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Message (Dr. Tom Pace) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Webpage </li></ul><ul><li>Television </li></ul><ul><li>Spire (church newspaper) </li></ul>How are we inviting currently?
    6. 6. STEP 1: INVITING - Signage - Communications - Community events Inviting more effectively
    7. 7. <ul><li>Signage : make improvements in and around the church </li></ul><ul><ul><li>on Westheimer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>outside building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in parking lots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>inside building </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communications : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define, clearly communicate and train our congregation to be “welcoming” to everyone on our campus as a means of inviting them into our community of faith (this is more than just “being friendly”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Display and consistently communicate our mission statement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community events : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue on-going efforts in the community to invite people to St. Luke’s, which could include targeted mail-outs, website, print, radio and TV media, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for St. Luke’s to have a presence in our community (e.g., apartment ministry) </li></ul></ul>How can we be MORE inviting?
    8. 8. <ul><li>ENGAGING </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Record keeping </li></ul><ul><li>Letter writing </li></ul><ul><li>Phone calling </li></ul><ul><li>Greeting Ministries (Radical Hospitality, Open Doors, Welcome Desk, Connection Center) </li></ul><ul><li>Visitor functions </li></ul><ul><li>New Member functions </li></ul><ul><li>Life Together class </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Church building tours </li></ul><ul><li>New Member packets </li></ul><ul><li>Online Connection Center </li></ul>How are we engaging currently?
    10. 10. STEP 2: ENGAGING Greeting ministry: - Connecting guests from parking to pew - Recruiting and training volunteers - Guest area - Visitor reception - After-church fellowship Engaging more effectively
    11. 11. STEP 2: ENGAGING Assimilating guests and new members: - Create and communicate expectations of membership - New member class - Belonging groups - Life Together class - Reconnection Team - Training and educating Connecting Ministry volunteers - Contact/care/connect with congregation Engaging more effectively
    12. 12. <ul><li>CONNECTING </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Phone calls, emails, letters and personal invitations </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Gifts classes </li></ul><ul><li>Connection Center </li></ul><ul><li>One-on-one conversations between members and </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting Ministries staff </li></ul><ul><li>Reconnection Team </li></ul><ul><li>New Member functions </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul>How are we connecting currently?
    14. 14. STEP 3: CONNECTING - Prayer team - S.H.A.P.E. - Connection Center Connecting more effectively