Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries (SIC 2008)

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Presented at Metro Ministries Luncheon, UMC South Indiana Conference 2008.

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Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries (SIC 2008)

  1. 1. <ul><li>Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries </li></ul>
  2. 2. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries Demographic Transitioning
  3. 3. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries <ul><li>A Typical UM Congregation by Age </li></ul><ul><li>10% over 80 (Builders) </li></ul><ul><li>20% 64-80 (Silent) </li></ul><ul><li>30% 46-63 (Boomers) </li></ul><ul><li>20% 30-45 (Survivors) </li></ul><ul><li>10% 20-30 (Survivors/Millen) </li></ul><ul><li>10% under 20 (Millennials-Z) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries <ul><li>Generational Transition—Predominant Age-Based Values </li></ul><ul><li>Builders (over 80) value Project </li></ul><ul><li>Silent (64-80) value Protecting Project </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers (46-63) value Cause </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors (30-45) value Friend </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors/Millens (20-30) value Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Millennials-Z (under 20) value TBD </li></ul>
  5. 5. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries <ul><li>Predominant Age-Based Key Characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Builders (over 80) </li></ul><ul><li>Silent (64-80) / Autocratic </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers (46-63) – Entrepreneurial </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors (30-45) </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors/Millen (20-30) / Outsourcers </li></ul><ul><li>Millennials-Z (under 20) –TBD </li></ul>
  6. 6. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries <ul><li>Relationship to Church by Age </li></ul><ul><li>Builders (over 80) Loyal no matter </li></ul><ul><li>Silent (64-80) / what </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers (46-63) – Left Church </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors (30-45) Do not </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors/Millen (20-30)– know </li></ul><ul><li>Millennials-Z (under 20) / church </li></ul>
  7. 7. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries <ul><li>Generational Differences </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Level </li></ul><ul><li>World View </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding/experience of The Church and the church </li></ul><ul><li>Family Life </li></ul>
  8. 8. My generation Other generations
  9. 9. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries <ul><li>Key Values Across All Generations </li></ul><ul><li>Significance </li></ul><ul><li>Does my life count? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I make a difference? </li></ul><ul><li>Self-actualizing </li></ul><ul><li>Right way (sense of what to embrace & avoid) </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of the Other (something beyond me) </li></ul><ul><li>Language (symbolic language, i.e. liturgy) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries Geographic Transitioning
  11. 11. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries 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?
  12. 12. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries Psychographic Transitioning
  13. 13. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries 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?
  14. 14. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries <ul><li>From urban regentrification to rural techno-integration all of our neighborhoods (people) are transitioning. </li></ul><ul><li>Is the church (us) positioned to provide transforming ministries? </li></ul><ul><li>Will the church (us) have to be transforming itself/ourselves to be a significant player? </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries <ul><li>Americans who believe 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>
  16. 16. <ul><li>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 . </li></ul><ul><li>— Robert Palmer </li></ul>Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries
  17. 17. It’s not my job.
  18. 18. We have to engage with transition without pandering to it.
  19. 19. Navigating transformation requires 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
  20. 20. Navigating transformation requires 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
  21. 21. We have resources to embrace transformation <ul><li>Statewide UM Laity contribute 6,525,000 volunteer hours each year. </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide UM Laity’s impact is the same as 3137 full-time equivalent staff positions. </li></ul><ul><li>The monetary value of Indiana UM Laity’s volunteerism is estimated to be $114,709,500 each year. </li></ul><ul><li>This is about 29 hours per member per year . </li></ul>
  22. 22. We have unrealized potential to deliver transforming ministries <ul><li>Membership 225,000 (adult, confirmed members) </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Tithing Capacity of $445,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>(Indiana’s per capita income is $21,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Resulting in an Annual Conference Budget (Tithed from 1,237 churches) $45,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Issues Impact of 1% response would mean 2,250 voices or 15 different contacts to each Indiana Legislator </li></ul>
  23. 23. We have dialog with faith community partners to create transforming ministries <ul><li>Indiana Baptist Convention (American Baptist) </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Church in Indiana (Disciples of Christ) </li></ul><ul><li>Indianapolis Diocese, Episcopal Church </li></ul><ul><li>Western Yearly Meeting (Friends) </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ </li></ul><ul><li>The Indiana Area of The United Methodist Church </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana-Kentucky Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America </li></ul><ul><li>Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis </li></ul><ul><li>Office of Whitewater Valley Presbytery (Presbyterian Church USA) </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana Ministries of the Church of God </li></ul>
  24. 24. We increase our transforming reach 88% with these partners <ul><li>Indiana Baptist Convention (5,500) </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Church in Indiana (15,720) </li></ul><ul><li>Episcopal Church Dioceses (46,400) </li></ul><ul><li>Western Yearly Meeting (3,500) </li></ul><ul><li>United Church of Christ (25,940) </li></ul><ul><li>The Indiana Area of The United Methodist Church (225,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (70,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Roman Catholic Archdiocese/Dioceses (1,328,140) </li></ul><ul><li>Presbyterian Church USA (64,820) </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana Ministries of the Church of God (4,940) </li></ul><ul><li>1,789,960 of approximately 3,000,000 Indiana Church Members </li></ul>
  25. 25. We increase our transforming impact 88% with the partner faith communities <ul><li>Partner Church Members 1,789,960 </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Approximately 51,908,000 hours per year </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Labor Impact is 24,955 FTE </li></ul><ul><li>Monetary Volunteerism Value $912,557,407 per year </li></ul>
  26. 26. We increase our transforming capacity 88% with these partners <ul><li>Tithing Capacity of Partner Church Members </li></ul><ul><li>$3,579,920,000 per year </li></ul><ul><li>Issues Impact of 1% response from Partner Church members would be 17,899 voices or 119 different contacts to each Indiana Legislator </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Intersecting the past (our heritage) </li></ul><ul><li>Intercepting the present (our locus) </li></ul><ul><li>Interpreting the future (our vision) </li></ul>Keys to Approaching Transitioning Neighborhoods Needing Transforming Ministries
  28. 28. Transitioning Neighborhoods Need Transforming Ministries 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.
  29. 29. Bishop Michael J. Coyner Indiana Area UMC “Making a Difference … in Indiana and around the world.” <ul><li>Coyner Quadrilateral </li></ul><ul><li>Calling is more important than career </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry is more important than meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship is more important than scarcity </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiency is more important than entrenchment </li></ul><ul><li>From Bishop Coyner’s Welcoming Service, September 11, 2004, St. Luke UMC, Indianapolis </li></ul>
  30. 30. Bishop Michael J. Coyner Indiana Area UMC “Making a Difference … in Indiana and around the world.” <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), and </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen (numbers synergy)? </li></ul><ul><li>From Vincennes District Superintendent Welcoming, July 11, 2005, Washington First UMC </li></ul>
  31. 31. Bishop Michael J. Coyner Indiana Area UMC “Making a Difference … in Indiana and around the world.” <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><ul><li>From Bishop Coyner’s Welcoming Service, September 11, 2004, St. Luke UMC, Indianapolis </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>MMI’s transforming ministries to meet the needs of past transitioning neighborhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Goodwill Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Methodist Hospital </li></ul><ul><li> Wheeler Mission </li></ul>Past Keys
  33. 33. <ul><li>MMI’s transforming ministries of tomorrow, today— </li></ul><ul><li>Asian Help Services </li></ul><ul><li>Brightwood Community Center </li></ul><ul><li>East 10 th St. Children & Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Fletcher Place Ministries </li></ul><ul><li> Helping Hands 2007 & Beyond </li></ul><ul><li> Vida Nueva & Centro Familiar </li></ul>Present Keys
  34. 34. <ul><li>Metro Ministries’ future includes discussing </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting at Regional/Conference levels </li></ul><ul><li>Operating with a Statewide Scope </li></ul><ul><li>Clustering with other extension ministries </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating with other faith & social communities </li></ul><ul><li>Forming other geographically-based metro ministries that may reach across state lines </li></ul><ul><li>Launching Demographically/Psychographically- focused outreaches, inter-reaches, and intra-reaches </li></ul>Future Keys
  35. 35. <ul><li>Metro Ministries’ mission field tonight includes many needs like this— </li></ul><ul><li>Between 800-1100 Indianapolis Public Schools students are homeless each night. </li></ul><ul><li>— Dr. Eugene White, Superintendent </li></ul><ul><li>State of Education, 2006 </li></ul>Needs Key
  36. 36. <ul><li>Metro Ministries </li></ul><ul><li>connects people … </li></ul><ul><li>funds present and future ministries … </li></ul><ul><li>develops lay and clergy leadership … </li></ul><ul><li>to spread God’s love. </li></ul>Mission Key
  37. 37. <ul><li>Our part, a trilateral involvement— </li></ul><ul><li>Pray specifically </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a board member, staff member, or ministry area. </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved decisively </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer—costs would be 60% more without you. </li></ul><ul><li>Give beyond your tithe joyfully </li></ul><ul><li>Give to serve our community’s marginalized citizens. </li></ul>Involvement Key

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