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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 Connection Center - Outreach Commission Presentation Transcript

  • 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
  • What is Welcoming?
    • Definition of Welcoming
    • 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.
    • Welcoming is not the task of a committee or individual but a lifestyle shared by the entire congregation.
    • Welcoming others is part of who we are as Christians, a gift we offer to others; a gift God first offered to us.
    • Welcoming includes inviting, engaging, and connecting people into the church.
    • Steps of Welcoming
    • 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.)
    • Step 2: Engaging – establish and develop relationships with individuals
    • Step 3: Connecting – involve people into the life of the church for the purpose of making disciples of Christ
  • Overall Goals
    • OVERALL OF KEY PLAN GOALS:
      • Promote mission of the church (all efforts of this ministry will support our
      • church mission)
      • Promote welcoming culture (address lack of understanding among
      • congregation and staff as to what welcoming means, and implement on-
      • going training efforts to help support a culture of welcoming)
      • Improve our communication and working efforts with laity and staff (e.g.,
      • increase church signage, reduce/clarify use of “churchy” language,
      • enhance collaboration among staff and laity to achieve common goals,
      • support more effective partnering of staff and laity to reduce tendency
      • towards “silo” working styles)
      • Continue to faithfully carry out our mission and goals with prayer and
      • thanksgiving (this includes working faithfully and creatively to achieve
      • goals despite a downturned economic climate)
    • INVITING
      • Our members
      • Message (Dr. Tom Pace)
      • Facility
    • Webpage
    • Television
    • Spire (church newspaper)
    How are we inviting currently?
  • STEP 1: INVITING - Signage - Communications - Community events Inviting more effectively
    • Signage : make improvements in and around the church
      • on Westheimer
      • outside building
      • in parking lots
      • inside building
    • Communications :
      • 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”)
      • Display and consistently communicate our mission statement
    • Community events :
      • 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.
      • Provide opportunities for St. Luke’s to have a presence in our community (e.g., apartment ministry)
    How can we be MORE inviting?
    • ENGAGING
    • Record keeping
    • Letter writing
    • Phone calling
    • Greeting Ministries (Radical Hospitality, Open Doors, Welcome Desk, Connection Center)
    • Visitor functions
    • New Member functions
    • Life Together class
    • Christian Friends
    • Church building tours
    • New Member packets
    • Online Connection Center
    How are we engaging currently?
  • 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
  • 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
    • CONNECTING
    • Phone calls, emails, letters and personal invitations
    • Spiritual Gifts classes
    • Connection Center
    • One-on-one conversations between members and
    • Connecting Ministries staff
    • Reconnection Team
    • New Member functions
    • Website
    How are we connecting currently?
  • STEP 3: CONNECTING - Prayer team - S.H.A.P.E. - Connection Center Connecting more effectively