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Impacting Ministry For 175 Years (UMC Stockwell Charge Conference 2005

  1. 1. Stockwell UMC Charge Conference 2005 Impacting Ministry for 175 Years
  2. 2. Illuminating Inspiration
  3. 3. Illuminating Impact <ul><li>Stockwell Laity contribute through giving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dollars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stockwell Laity who contribute in all four areas are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Philanthropists </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Illuminating Impact <ul><li>Volunteerism is the engine that makes the organization run. </li></ul><ul><li>It is estimated that 200 volunteers contributed to the delivery Stockwell UMC ministries last year. </li></ul><ul><li>140 volunteered approximately 52 hours each and 60 volunteered approximately 26 hours each. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Illuminating Impact <ul><li>It is estimated that Stockwell Laity contribute 8,840 hours of volunteer labor each year. </li></ul><ul><li>Stockwell Laity’s impact is the same as </li></ul><ul><li>4.25 full-time equivalent staff positions. </li></ul><ul><li>The monetary value of Stockwell Laity’s volunteerism is estimated to be $155,445 each year. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Illuminating Impact <ul><li>The monetary value of Stockwell Laity’s volunteerism is estimated to be $155,445 each year. </li></ul><ul><li>This value is equal to 70% of the Stockwell UMC’s budget. </li></ul><ul><li>Without Stockwell Laity’s voluntary labor the $199,879 budget would need to be $355,324 . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Illuminating Impact <ul><li>It is estimated that 1,547,000 hours have been contributed by Stockwell Laity. </li></ul><ul><li>Expressed in contemporary monetary value, Stockwell Laity’s volunteerism has contributed $27,202,875 in its 175-year history ministry delivery in our community. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Illuminating Illustration <ul><li>80 giving units contribute to the financial plan generating $199,879. </li></ul><ul><li>If that amount was generated by tithe, giving unit median annual income would be $24,985. </li></ul><ul><li>Tippecanoe County median household income is $38,771. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Illuminating Ingredients <ul><li>Reasons people don’t like church </li></ul><ul><li>Boring sermons. </li></ul><ul><li>Unfriendly members. </li></ul><ul><li>Spotty child care. </li></ul><ul><li>Too much emphasis on giving. </li></ul><ul><li>Rick Warren, Saddleback Church Pastor, Dateline NBC , October 3, 2004 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Illuminating Issues <ul><li>16% cut in children’s programming </li></ul><ul><li>Appearance of sporadic child care/ programming </li></ul><ul><li>Drop in revenue </li></ul><ul><li>Communications concern </li></ul>
  11. 11. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Are we funded with stolen money? </li></ul><ul><li>(I stole the car, but I’m going to buy the gas.) </li></ul><ul><li>(I’ll not tithe, but I’ll give an offering.) </li></ul><ul><li>Do we love Jesus enough to obey God? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Illuminating Issue <ul><li>Pitfalls of communications darkness </li></ul><ul><li>No connection (people don’t know what’s going on) </li></ul><ul><li>Under engagement (people don’t get involved) </li></ul><ul><li>Appearance of exclusivity (people perceive they can’t get involved—not welcomed) </li></ul><ul><li>Appearance of cliques (people perceive they don’t belong) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Illuminating Importance <ul><li>Volunteers and giving </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers are more likely than non-volunteers to give </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers give a higher percentage of their household income—almost twice </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Sector: Volunteer Facts </li></ul>
  14. 14. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Are you a Christian? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are you a follower of Jesus? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Are we asking others </li></ul><ul><li>Are you saved ? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we asking ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>How good is my witness ? </li></ul><ul><li>Is anyone following the God they see in me ? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Are we preaching constantly ? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we only using words if necessary ? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Are we pushing a message we may not have in our hearts? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we pulling someone into a commitment we’re ready to make to them (through discipling them)? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Are tactics are only point of entry? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Have we strategized a discipling process? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Are we only interested in doing events? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we committed to the work to build a variety of discipling experiences (including follow-ups and accountabilities)? </li></ul>
  20. 20. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Bishop Coyner asks are we more concerned with </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings or Ministry? </li></ul><ul><li>Our Career or Our Calling? </li></ul><ul><li>Scarcity or Stewardship? </li></ul><ul><li>From Episcopal Welcoming, Sept. 11, 2004, Indianapolis St. Luke UMC </li></ul>
  21. 21. Illuminating Issues <ul><li>Bishop Coyner challenges that we are called to be </li></ul><ul><li>Making Disciples (nurturing, loving, encouraging, forming people, not just having a program), </li></ul><ul><li>Taking Stands, and </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Ministry Effectiveness (e-mails, quorums, new ministry delivery systems). </li></ul>
  22. 22. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Bishop Coyner asks are we willing to </li></ul><ul><li>Shepard (meet needs), </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise (have a super vision), </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen (numbers synergy)? </li></ul><ul><li>From Vincennes District Superintendent Welcoming, July 11, 2005, Washington First UMC </li></ul>
  23. 23. Illuminating Inquiry <ul><li>Do we see postmodern presumptions as individualism, collapse of social groups, scrapping of tradition without noticing the postindustrial transformation of </li></ul><ul><li>consumer services (Bible study online instead of in time), </li></ul><ul><li>corporate services (consistent/quality child care/children’s programs), </li></ul><ul><li>embracing of relevant tradition (the need to connect doesn’t replace the why to connect)? </li></ul><ul><li>Arthur E. Healy: The Postindustrial Promise: vital Religious Community in the 21 st Century </li></ul>
  24. 24. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Are we evangelizing? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Do we need to be evangelized? </li></ul>
  25. 25. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Do we look like a church or do we offer </li></ul><ul><li>Easter bunnies in the spring, </li></ul><ul><li>Jack-O-Lanterns in the fall, </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas decorations up during Advent and down before Epiphany? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we taking advantages of many opportunities to be different and explain why we are? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we sending mixed signals by conforming to a world we say Jesus is wanting to save? </li></ul>
  26. 26. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Are we leaving our guests where we meet them—with a consumer mentality catering to the cultural expectations established in the marketplace? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we lifting up Jesus so seekers can see him—delivering experiences that we exceed guests’ expectations so they know they are different and valued (whereby affiliation is a natural progression and people say, I want to go there because . . . )? </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Waltz: First Impressions: Creating Wow Experiences in Your Church </li></ul>
  27. 27. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>As Christians do we think we have the truth captured, stuffed, and mounted on a wall? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>As followers of Jesus are we living and giving in a loving community of people who are seeking the truth on the road of a mission? </li></ul><ul><li>Brian McLaren: A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a Missional, Evangelical, Post/Protestant, Liberal/Conservative, Mystical/Poetic, Biblical, Charismatic/Contemplative, Fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist/Catholic, Green, Incarnational, Depressed-Yet-Hopeful, Emergent, Unfinished Christian </li></ul>
  28. 28. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Do we engage in orthodoxy </li></ul><ul><li>(right thinking about the gospel) </li></ul><ul><li>without engaging in orthopraxy </li></ul><ul><li>(right practice of the gospel)? </li></ul><ul><li>Brian McLaren: A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a Missional, Evangelical, Post/Protestant, Liberal/Conservative, Mystical/Poetic, Biblical, Charismatic/Contemplative, Fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist/Catholic, Green, Incarnational, Depressed-Yet-Hopeful, Emergent, Unfinished Christian </li></ul>
  29. 29. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Do we believe </li></ul><ul><li>All things work together for good ? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Do we believe </li></ul><ul><li>just the things we (think we) understand can work together for good? </li></ul>
  30. 30. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Do we see Jesus in all things? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Do we see Jesus only in things which we are a part? </li></ul>
  31. 31. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Is Jesus our only hope? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Is Jesus the only hope we need? </li></ul>
  32. 32. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Do we only minister to those like us? </li></ul><ul><li>Should homogeneity be allowed to perpetuate itself? </li></ul>
  33. 33. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Is political correctness seen as requirement? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Is political correctness seen as respectful? </li></ul>
  34. 34. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Do we say what we have? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Do we confess what we want? </li></ul>
  35. 35. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Do we pray that God will be with people? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Do we thank God that he is already with them (never leaving or forsaking)? </li></ul>
  36. 36. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Is church (seen as) a social country club (i.e. cliques)? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Is church a place where the world says, Yes, the members have the heart of Jesus ? </li></ul>
  37. 37. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Do we want organized, state sanctioned prayer in school because we do not have thoughtful family prayer at home? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we only pray for leaders with whom we agree? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we want the Ten Commandments on the court house lawn because they are not engraved on our hearts? </li></ul><ul><li>Can fundamentalism be delivered without arrogance? </li></ul>
  38. 38. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Are we sending mixed signals without meaning to? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Is our knowledge tempered with wisdom? </li></ul>
  39. 39. Illuminating Inquiries <ul><li>Is life ultimately about believe or being good? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Is life about a relationship with God that involves us (and others) in a journey of transformation? </li></ul><ul><li>Marcus Borg: Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith </li></ul>
  40. 40. Illuminating Insights <ul><li>Recovering the Lay Apostolate </li></ul><ul><li>Evangelism may be the only enterprise where the “amateurs” out perform the “professionals.” </li></ul><ul><li>George Hunter III (Asbury Theological Seminar Dean of Evangelism) How to Reach Secular People </li></ul>
  41. 41. Illuminating Insights <ul><li>Profiles of Christians who reach secular people </li></ul><ul><li>On mission. </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop faith. </li></ul><ul><li>Have credibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Effectively communicate. </li></ul><ul><li>Possess clear objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Believe in possibilities. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Illuminating Insights <ul><li>Profiles of Christians who reach secular people continued . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Study, analyze, research, populations and cultures they are called to reach. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify with people they are called to reach. </li></ul><ul><li>Maslow involved. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop core connection. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in reasonable conversation. </li></ul><ul><li>Persist in pursuing apostolic vision. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Illuminating Insights <ul><li>Secular people </li></ul><ul><li>Are essentially ignorant of basic Christianity. </li></ul><ul><li>Are seeking life before death (life orientation). </li></ul><ul><li>Are conscious of doubt more than guilt. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a negative image of the church (irrelevant). </li></ul><ul><li>Have multiple alienation. </li></ul><ul><li>Are untrusting. </li></ul><ul><li>Have low self-esteem. </li></ul><ul><li>Experience history as “out of emotions.” </li></ul><ul><li>Experience forced impersonality as “out of control.” </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot find “the door.” </li></ul>
  44. 44. Illuminating Insights <ul><li>Themes & strategies for reaching secular people </li></ul><ul><li>Provide ministries of instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Invite people to dedicate themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Help secular people find meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage secular people in dialogue. </li></ul><ul><li>Address secular people’s doubts and questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities to meet credible Christians. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for secular people to overcome alienation. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in ministries that affirm. </li></ul>
  45. 45. Illuminating Insights <ul><li>Themes & Strategies continued . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Help people discover their dignity and self-worth. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer people hope in the Kingdom of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide support groups for people with addictions. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and reach receptive people. </li></ul><ul><li>Reach across social networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer culturally acceptable forms of ministry. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiply “units” of the church. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer ministries that meet needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage secular people on “their turf.” </li></ul>
  46. 46. Illuminating Insights <ul><li>What effective apostolic congregations know </li></ul><ul><li>People who aren’t disciples are lost. </li></ul><ul><li>Lost people matter to God. </li></ul><ul><li>Church is primarily a mission to lost people, not primarily a gathered colony of the faithful. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of high expectancy for their people. </li></ul><ul><li>What to change and what to preserve. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of understanding loving and liking secular people. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of accepting unchurched people. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of using music that secular people understand. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of starting new congregations. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Illuminating Insights <ul><li>What effective apostolic congregations do </li></ul><ul><li>Research the community and the unchurched population. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Profile” their target population. </li></ul><ul><li>Define a clear mission and plan for the future. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and implement a strategy for reaching unchurched people. </li></ul><ul><li>Deploy their laity in ministry. </li></ul><ul><li>Train their people for Christian witness—be an ally. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer a “secular sensitive” Sunday worship service. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge people to commit their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Open their heart to the presence and power of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Want other churches to join them in reaching out to secular people. </li></ul>
  48. 48. Illuminating Intrigue <ul><li>Americans who believe </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible is the actual Word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word </li></ul><ul><li>1963—65% </li></ul><ul><li>2001—27% </li></ul><ul><li>Source: The Gallup Organization </li></ul><ul><li>From: Marcus Borg’s Rediscovering a Life of Faith: How We Can Be Passionate Believers Today </li></ul>
  49. 49. Illuminating Intrigue <ul><li>5-mile radius=6,000 population. </li></ul><ul><li>Median Age=35.7. </li></ul><ul><li>3 churches=2,000 targets per church. </li></ul><ul><li>27% attending=540 possible attenders. </li></ul><ul><li>SUMC average attendance=175 (33% beyond the 5-mile radius). </li></ul><ul><li>365 additional attenders implied (98 of whom believe t he Bible is the actual Word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word). </li></ul>
  50. 50. Illuminating Intrigue <ul><li>Change is avalanching upon our heads and most people are grotesquely unprepared to cope with it. </li></ul><ul><li>If tomorrow’s society is simply an enlarged, Cinerama version of the present, there is little we need to do to prepare for it. If, on the other hand, society is inevitably destined to self destruct within out lifetime, there is nothing we can do about it. Either view paralyzes imagination and will, generates privatism and passivity, and freezes us into inactivity. </li></ul><ul><li>However, if our assumption is that we are the final generation of an old civilization and the first generation of a new one a revolutionary promise will liberate our intellect and will. </li></ul><ul><li>Alvin Toffler: Future Shock (1971)and Third Wave (1980) </li></ul>
  51. 51. Illuminating Intrigue <ul><li>Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them. </li></ul><ul><li>Henry Steele Commager </li></ul>
  52. 52. Illuminating Introspection <ul><li>What can I do better so I don’t just “check off” having done a discipling effort? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I be more effective so if my efforts don’t work I don’t “turn off” my persistence? </li></ul><ul><li>What is my “service after someone’s salvation” so I don’t drop off of that person’s formation support system. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Illuminating Intelligence <ul><li>Flashlight Metaphor </li></ul><ul><li>Housing—church infrastructure, hierarchy. </li></ul><ul><li>Batteries—ministries, programs as vehicles. </li></ul><ul><li>Light Bulb—outcomes of equipping channels. </li></ul><ul><li>Light—Laity (spreading God’s Word 5,865,000,000 miles per year ). </li></ul>
  54. 54. Illuminating Inspiration