The Neighbors Project

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  • This model comes to us from the ELCA from Dr. Alicia VargasOnce evangelism was shifted to a department (as in the national structure) or a committee (as in the local congregation), it became a specialized task and not the responsibility of the whole.The model on the left—Churches are “Communities of Care” laity pay for services…people are membersThe model on the right—Churches are Centers of training and nurture which produce “missionaries of grace.” Members grow into their vocation. They move from volunteer to minister, missionary. Advent operates under this model as evidenced by the “Daubert Report” in which many members assume that Advent will do well once they find the “right” pastor.
  • That’s less than 500 people between both churches! Surely we can garner 30 unique adult members by September 30 given the population between Sylvania Township, Sylvania and Toledo.
  • Prayer life as a church We need to have monthly prayer as we ask God’s will for Advent Monthly healing servicesShortage of Time: June 2010 we will enter year three of the loanNegativity:
  • We are thrown back onto great commandment, the great commission and our purpose statementGreat Commandment“You shall love the Lord Your God will all your heart and mind, and with all of your soul and your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second one is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22: 36a-40Great CommissionJesus Says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember that I am with you until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:17-20And our purpose statement
  • A Sports Coach has one goal each game—to win! The objective or how he or she goes about it different (the strategy) but the goal remains the same. 84 is the magic number—at least eighty-four contacts per month.Pastor Dave eats crow project.We need to be just as singular in our goal—to have 30 unique adults by September’s end. We will employ lots of strategies but our goal must be fixed—to have 30 unique adult members.Unique—folks who are new to Advent. We will welcome anyone who wants to join Advent but we are looking for new foks.
  • If the average age of an adult in Sylvania is 38 years old. We can reasonably assume they have children of varying ages. To meet this goal we need to focus on family ministry.
  • This adds the accountability component between Pastor and congregation.
  • This model comes to us from the ELCA from Dr. Alicia VargasOnce evangelism was shifted to a department (as in the national structure) or a committee (as in the local congregation), it became a specialized task and not the responsibility of the whole.The model on the left—Churches are “Communities of Care” laity pay for services…people are membersThe model on the right—Churches are Centers of training and nurture which produce “missionaries of grace.” Members grow into their vocation. They move from volunteer to minister, missionary.
  • The Neighbors Project

    1. 1. Advent Lutheran Church<br />THE NEIGHBORS’ PROJECT<br />“We want to be your neighborhood church!”<br />“And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29<br />
    2. 2. Presentation Structure<br />Purpose Statement & Principles<br />External Influences affecting the mission.<br />ELCA/NWOS<br />Sylvania and surrounding community<br />Internal capabilities affecting the mission.<br />Strengths<br />Challenges<br />Objectives and Strategies<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br /> ©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />
    3. 3. OurPurpose Statement <br />Boldly living and loving—doing as Jesus does!<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br /> ©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />
    4. 4. Guiding Principles<br />Jesus is Lord & <br />Savior.<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110<br /> ©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />
    5. 5. Boldly following Christ means are guidelines are:<br />We trust God’s resurrection promises.<br />We want all people to experience this promise of Grace; actions first, words second.<br />We challenge one another to grow in the Lord through continuing question and study.<br />We need not to save ourselves form dying. We are to rise and serve others.<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br /> ©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />
    6. 6. Two Models of Church<br />$<br />$<br />Pastor <br />& staff<br />$<br />TO BE<br />Centers of Training & Nurture<br />Advent: AS IS<br />Consumer Church<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br />©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />Concept by Dr. Alicia Vargas<br />
    7. 7. External Influences<br />ELCA<br />National expression of the church<br />Northwestern Ohio Synod<br />Regional expressions of the church<br />Olivet Lutheran Church and St. Stephen Lutheran Church<br />Olivet—average weekly attendance 380<br />St. Stephen—average weekly attendance 116<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br />©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />
    8. 8. Sylvania and surrounding community<br />Sylvania is a city of about 20,000 people with a reputation for good schools, safe and good quality housing.<br />The average age in Sylvania is 38.<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br />©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />Source: A Renewal Enterprise<br />
    9. 9. Internal CapabilitiesStrengths<br />Edifice and grounds<br />Shared with LSSI, AA, TOPS, Boy Scouts, Sylvania Parks and Recreation<br />Automated Sign<br /> Website that utilizes social utilities<br />Friends and Family Day <br />Walking the Neighborhood<br />Five Adult Members and One Child<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br />©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />
    10. 10. Internal CapabilitiesThe Challenges<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br /> ©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />Prayer life as a church<br />Negativity<br />Short of Time<br />Uncertain sense of direction<br />Communication<br />
    11. 11. Where do go from here?<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br /> ©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />We are thrown back onto the Great Commandment( Mt 22: 36b-40) the Great Commission (Mt 28:17-20) and our Purpose Statement:<br />“Boldly living & loving doing as Jesus does!<br />
    12. 12. The Neighbors Project<br />How to be a good neighbor<br /> (Inward) <br />Corporate Prayer Life<br />Hospitality<br />Complaint-Free Church<br />Curriculum<br />Who is my neighbor?<br /> (Outward)<br />At least one outwardly directed<br /> event per month showing the love of Christ in our community.<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br /> ©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />
    13. 13. Definitions<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br />©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />Goal: is something we intend to accomplish although strategies and timelines remain to be established. <br />Objective: A quantifiable event to be established by a specified time. <br />
    14. 14. Ministry Goals 2010<br />Cast a wide net with the message of the Gospel reaching 1000 family units in order to have to have 30 unique adult members by September 30, 2010.<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br />©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />
    15. 15. Ministry Objectives 2010<br />Putting “legs” on the goal.<br />Family ministry given the local demographic<br />Mother’s Day Out <br />Diaper Pantry/Baby Shower/Baby’s Closet<br />Community Meals<br />Relevant Bible Study<br />The Church at the Movies<br />“2010”<br />“The Blind Side”<br />Approach the school principals and ask how we can be of service to them. <br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br />©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />
    16. 16. Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br />©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />A Vision Task Force will be formed to offer suggestions and shape the objectives. We will convene once a week in person or by “free conference call dot com. VTF will report once a month to the congregation in a temple talk.<br />
    17. 17. Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br />©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />Ideas for what we can do to meet our goal.<br />
    18. 18. Two Models of Church<br />$<br />$<br />Pastor <br />& staff<br />$<br />The church we’re striving to become<br />Centers of Training & Nurture<br />The Church We Are<br />Consumer Church<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br />©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />
    19. 19. Comments and Discussions<br />Neighbor&apos;s Project 012110 <br />©2010 by Angela Shannon<br />

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