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Presented at Pastors Orientation, Joint UMC Indianapolis East District, UMC Indianapolis West District, Metro Ministries 2008.

Presented at Pastors Orientation, Joint UMC Indianapolis East District, UMC Indianapolis West District, Metro Ministries 2008.

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To Affinities And Beyond  Doing Ministry In A Vacuum In Oxygen Depriving (MMI Pastors Orientation 2008) To Affinities And Beyond Doing Ministry In A Vacuum In Oxygen Depriving (MMI Pastors Orientation 2008) Presentation Transcript

    • To Affinities and Beyond
    • Doing Ministry in a Vacuum is Oxygen Depriving
    • MMI’s affinities of tomorrow, today—
    • Asian Help Services
    • Brightwood Community Center
    • East 10 th St. Children & Youth
    • Fletcher Place Ministries
    • Helping Hands 2007 & Beyond
    • Vida Nueva & Centro Familiar
    Present Keys
    • MMI’s affinities of yesterday, ministering today
    • Goodwill Industries
    • Methodist Hospital
    • Wheeler Mission
    Past Keys
    • Metro Ministries’ future affinities include:
    • Connecting at District Pairing/Conference levels
    • Operating with a Statewide Scope
    • Clustering with other extension ministries
    • Collaborating with other faith & social communities
    • Forming other geographically-based metro ministries that may reach across state lines
    • Launching Demographically/Psychographically- focused outreaches, inter-reaches, and intra-reaches
    Future Keys
    • Metro Ministries’ engaging affinities include:
    • Discovering our communities’ D ynamic N eeds A ssessment
    • Determining Strategic Ministries Agendas (SMAs)
    • Developing Effective Ministry Cultures (EMCs) communities
    • Delivering Ministry at the Speed of Need
    Immediate Keys
  • Where are people’s affinities? Commerce —where do we shop? Communications —how do we stay in touch? Education —with what learning centers do we engage? Recreation —what do we enjoy? Employment —how much/how far do we commute? Media —from which markets do we get our information?
  • What are people’s affinities? Communications —how do we stay in touch? Economic —how much will we spend for mobility? Passions —where are we present? Spirituality —what guides our ethics and morality? Technology —to what degree a necessity?
  • Transitioning Affinities
    • From urban regentrification to rural techno-integration all of our neighborhoods (people) are transitioning.
    • Is the church (us) positioned to provide transforming ministries?
    • Will the church (us) have to be transforming itself/ourselves to be a significant player?
    • As example, if we are only sending printed newsletters in a web-based world, we are operating sufficiently below the informational needs of our members, constituents, and mission field so as to be insignificant.
  • Changing Affinities (and Beyond)
    • Americans who believe the Bible is the actual Word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word
    • 1963—65%
    • 2001—27%
    • Source: The Gallup Organization
    • From: Marcus Borg’s Rediscovering a Life of Faith: How We Can Be Passionate Believers Today
    • T he future of an organization depends not on rational planning, but on an organic capacity to adapt to whatever comes long without losing its integrity .
    • — Robert Palmer
    Philosophical Affinities
  • It’s not my job. Vacuum Affinity
  • Hyper-Affinity
  • Meaningful affinities require putting first things first . “ It doesn’t matter what else I do if the floors don’t shine and meals aren’t delivered on time.” Indianapolis Meridian Street UMC Lay Leader Daniel F. Evans, CEO, Clarian Health Partners “ Final year medical students who can’t relate to patients are not graduated.” United Methodist Layperson D. Craig Brater, Dean, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Effective affinities require knowing our core business. “ We’re a sick-care institution. There are no system incentives for health care.” Stephen S. Ivy, Ph.D., Clarian Health Partners, Senior Vice President of Values, Ethics, Social Responsibility and Pastoral Services
  • Top of Mind Affinities keep us: Making disciples for the transformation of the world.
  • Resource Affinities
    • Statewide UM Laity contribute 6,525,000 volunteer hours each year.
    • Statewide UM Laity’s impact is the same as 3137 full-time equivalent staff positions.
    • The monetary value of Indiana UM Laity’s volunteerism is estimated to be $114,709,500 each year.
    • This is about 29 hours per member per year .
  • Affinities Potential
    • Membership 225,000 (adult, confirmed members)
    • Annual Tithing Capacity of $445,000,000
    • (Indiana’s per capita income is $21,000)
    • Resulting in an Annual Conference Budget (Tithed from 1,237 churches) $45,000,000
    • Issues Impact of 1% response would mean 2,250 voices or 15 different contacts to each Indiana Legislator
  • On-Going Dialog Affinities
    • Indiana Baptist Convention (American Baptist)
    • Christian Church in Indiana (Disciples of Christ)
    • Indianapolis Diocese, Episcopal Church
    • Western Yearly Meeting (Friends)
    • Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ
    • The Indiana Area of The United Methodist Church
    • Indiana-Kentucky Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis
    • Office of Whitewater Valley Presbytery (Presbyterian Church USA)
    • Indiana Ministries of the Church of God
  • These affinities transform our reach 88%:
    • Indiana Baptist Convention (5,500)
    • Christian Church in Indiana (15,720)
    • Episcopal Church Dioceses (46,400)
    • Western Yearly Meeting (3,500)
    • United Church of Christ (25,940)
    • The Indiana Area of The United Methodist Church (225,000)
    • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (70,000)
    • Roman Catholic Archdiocese/Dioceses (1,328,140)
    • Presbyterian Church USA (64,820)
    • Indiana Ministries of the Church of God (4,940)
    • 1,789,960 of approximately 3,000,000 Indiana Church Members
  • Those affinities increase our impact potential 88%:
    • Partner Church Members 1,789,960
    • Volunteer Approximately 51,908,000 hours per year
    • Volunteer Labor Impact is 24,955 FTE
    • Monetary Volunteerism Value $912,557,407 per year
  • We increase our transforming capacity 88% with those partners
    • Tithing Capacity of Partner Church Members
    • $3,579,920,000 per year
    • Issues Impact of 1% response from Partner Church members would be 17,899 voices or 119 different contacts to each Indiana Legislator
    • Intersecting the past (our heritage)
    • Intercepting the present (our locus)
    • Interpreting the future (our vision)
    Keys getting us To Affinities and Beyond
  • Transforming Affinities Local churches and church members forming affinities with other faith communities, social service organizations, governmental agencies, and passionate individuals can deliver the most efficient and outcome oriented results. Act decisively. Formalize when necessary.
  • Bishop Michael J. Coyner Indiana Area UMC “Making a Difference … in Indiana and around the world.”
    • Episcopal Affinities: Coyner Quadrilateral
    • Calling is more important than career
    • Ministry is more important than meetings
    • Stewardship is more important than scarcity
    • Efficiency is more important than entrenchment
    • From Bishop Coyner’s Welcoming Service, September 11, 2004, St. Luke UMC, Indianapolis
  • Bishop Michael J. Coyner Indiana Area UMC “Making a Difference … in Indiana and around the world.”
    • Bishop Coyner affirms these affinities:
    • Shepard (meet needs),
    • Supervise (have a super vision), and
    • Strengthen (numbers synergy)?
    • From Vincennes District Superintendent Welcoming, July 11, 2005, Washington First UMC
  • Bishop Michael J. Coyner Indiana Area UMC “Making a Difference … in Indiana and around the world.”
    • Bishop Coyner's affinity directives:
    • Making Disciples (nurturing, loving, encouraging, forming people, not just having a program),
    • Taking Stands, and
    • Finding Ministry Effectiveness (e-mails, quorums, new ministry delivery systems).
    • From Bishop Coyner’s Welcoming Service, September 11, 2004, St. Luke UMC, Indianapolis
    • Metro Ministries
    • connects people …
    • funds present and future ministries …
    • develops lay and clergy leadership …
    • to spread God’s love.
    Mission Affinities
  • Executive Affinities
  • Administrative Affinities
  • Leadership Affinities
  •