Connection Center - Outreach CommissionPresentation 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 OF KEY PLAN GOALS:
Promote mission of the church (all efforts of this ministry will support our
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)
Message (Dr. Tom Pace)
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
in parking lots
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?
Greeting Ministries (Radical Hospitality, Open Doors, Welcome Desk, Connection Center)
New Member functions
Life Together class
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
Phone calls, emails, letters and personal invitations
Spiritual Gifts classes
One-on-one conversations between members and
Connecting Ministries staff
New Member functions
How are we connecting currently?
STEP 3: CONNECTING - Prayer team - S.H.A.P.E. - Connection Center Connecting more effectively