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1 Where is your neighbor? Evangelism Event Wisconsin Conference UCC David Schoen Congregational Vitality and Discipleship United Church of Christ

2 Meeting your neighbors Reclaiming a focus on neighbors Missional in purpose Missional in purpose Get the church outside of itself Get the church outside of itself Relational in outreach Relational in outreach Its all about relationships Its all about relationships Conversational in witness Conversational in witness Talking about faith and life Talking about faith and life

3 Change or Opportunity Meeting your neighbor will mean changing your program but just program change is not answer Meeting your neighbor will mean changing your program but just program change is not answer Meeting your neighbor will call for change of mindset and understanding of church Meeting your neighbor will call for change of mindset and understanding of church Importance of Message Importance of Message Change = Opportunity Change = Opportunity

4 Missional in Purpose Missional congregations Missional congregations clear sense of purpose clear sense of purpose Missional congregations Missional congregations are sent churches are sent churches Missional congregations Missional congregations reach out beyond themselves reach out beyond themselves Missional congregations Missional congregations birth new ministries and congregations birth new ministries and congregations

5 Missional Church The Church exists to serve Gods Mission Mission as Missio Dei, UCC Committee on Structure, 1992 The Church exists to serve Gods Mission Mission as Missio Dei, UCC Committee on Structure, 1992 The church of Jesus Christ is the instrument and sign of Gods mission and realm. The church of Jesus Christ is the instrument and sign of Gods mission and realm. Gods mission is calling and sending us, the church of Jesus Christ, to be a missionary church in our own societies, in the cultures in which we find ourselves. Gods mission is calling and sending us, the church of Jesus Christ, to be a missionary church in our own societies, in the cultures in which we find ourselves.

6 Missional in Purpose Relational in Outreach Ministry in 21 st Century is Relational Ministry in 21 st Century is Relational Build community with those outside the church Build community with those outside the church Get to know your neighbors and neighborhood Get to know your neighbors and neighborhood This means Get out of the church! This means Get out of the church!

7 Vital congregations discern Gods call and mission The greatest characteristic of a vital congregation is the ability to articulate and live Gods purpose. The greatest characteristic of a vital congregation is the ability to articulate and live Gods purpose. What is God calling this church to be and do at this time, in this place, with the gifts we have on this corner of Gods realm that we are placed? What is God calling this church to be and do at this time, in this place, with the gifts we have on this corner of Gods realm that we are placed? Does your church love your neighbor (as it loves itself) ? Does your church love your neighbor (as it loves itself) ?

8 Relational in Outreach Bridge the gap by building relationships Bridge the gap by building relationships The days of waiting for people to come to church to welcome them are over. The days of waiting for people to come to church to welcome them are over. Instead of waiting inside, we go outside Instead of waiting inside, we go outside

9 Meeting your Neighbors Walk or Drive your neighborhood Walk or Drive your neighborhood Watch for where God is at work Watch for where God is at work Take notes, make a map, collect contact data Take notes, make a map, collect contact data Who lives where Who lives where What are community needs What are community needs Who are allies and good neighbors Who are allies and good neighbors Do this again and again Do this again and again Talk to your neighbors Talk to your neighbors What are the hopes and challenges of neighbors What are the hopes and challenges of neighbors How can the church be a good neighbor? How can the church be a good neighbor?

10 Meeting your Neighbors Hang out with your neighbors Hang out with your neighbors Meet neighbors where they gather Meet neighbors where they gather Spend Sunday morning with your neighbors Spend Sunday morning with your neighbors Soccer matches, Lowes, Coffee Shop, Exercise Soccer matches, Lowes, Coffee Shop, Exercise Pastors office in a coffee shop, fast food, bookstore. Pastors office in a coffee shop, fast food, bookstore. Have meetings outside the church. Have meetings outside the church. Bible/book studies in coffee shop, book store Bible/book studies in coffee shop, book store Council meetings in neighborhood context Council meetings in neighborhood context Engage in conversation, build relationships, Engage in conversation, build relationships, collect data of names/addresses/ s collect data of names/addresses/ s

11 Getting to know your neighbors and neighborhood Invite Neighbors to focus group discussion Invite Neighbors to focus group discussion Invite civic leaders, neighborhood planners Invite civic leaders, neighborhood planners What is happening in neighborhood? What is happening in neighborhood? What are future trends and plans? What are future trends and plans? What are physical/spiritual needs? What are physical/spiritual needs? How can church be good neighbor? How can church be good neighbor?

12 Meeting Your Neighbors Random Acts of Kindness Random Acts of Kindness Clean the streets in neighborhood Clean the streets in neighborhood Block or neighborhood parties, picnics Block or neighborhood parties, picnics Free car washes, free bake sales Free car washes, free bake sales Frazzled parent dinners Frazzled parent dinners College student dinners College student dinners Senior Dance evenings Senior Dance evenings Charity or Accompaniment? Charity or Accompaniment? Not we are here to serve you because you need us Not we are here to serve you because you need us We are here to accompany, walk with you and this neighborhood seeking to as good of neighbors and community as we can be. We are here to accompany, walk with you and this neighborhood seeking to as good of neighbors and community as we can be.

13 Going where Your Neighbors Are Go to the unlikely places Go to the unlikely places Tattoo parlors Tattoo parlors Bars and Taverns Bars and Taverns I stopped wondering about how to draw younger folks into my church and started focusing on how to draw my congregation out of its building and into relationship with the world outside its doors. I stopped wondering about how to draw younger folks into my church and started focusing on how to draw my congregation out of its building and into relationship with the world outside its doors.

14 Building Relationships Celtic Evangelism In The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West... Again, George Hunter writes about the difference between what he describes as the evangelism approach in Roman and Celtic Christianity.

15 Celtic Evangelism Roman Model Celtic Model Presentation Fellowship Presentation Fellowship Decision Ministry and Conversation Decision Ministry and Conversation Fellowship Belief, Invitation to Commitment Fellowship Belief, Invitation to Commitment

16 Belonging and Believing Christianity is more caught than taught! As Professor Robin Gill observes, belonging comes before believing. For this reason, evangelism is now helping people belong so that they can believe. No Matter Who You Are or Where You Are on Lifes Journey, You Are Welcome Here!

17 Relational in Outreach Conversational in Witness Conversational ministry is central to the future of the church in 21 st Century Conversational ministry is central to the future of the church in 21 st Century Count conversations, not conversions Count conversations, not conversions Brian McLaren, More Ready than You Think Brian McLaren, More Ready than You Think

18 Conversational Ministry The postmodern world calls for disciples who reach out to a world that is hungering for good conversation about faith, values, hope, meaning, purpose, goodness, beauty, truth, life after death, life before death and God. Engaging in everyday faith conversations will not only help others become Christians, it will help us become better Christians, who know and love the still speaking God more than ever. The postmodern world calls for disciples who reach out to a world that is hungering for good conversation about faith, values, hope, meaning, purpose, goodness, beauty, truth, life after death, life before death and God. Engaging in everyday faith conversations will not only help others become Christians, it will help us become better Christians, who know and love the still speaking God more than ever.

19 Conversational about Faith and Life Spiritual Seekers want to talk. Spiritual Seekers want to talk. Holy Conversations – Richard Peace Holy Conversations – Richard Peace We are the ones not talking. We are the ones not talking. Reverence for God – silence and service. Reverence for God – silence and service. Tell it Like it is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony - Lillian Daniel Tell it Like it is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony - Lillian Daniel Your neighbor doesnt know why you do what you do. Your neighbor doesnt know why you do what you do.

20 Conversational in Witness Buzz Marketing Buzz Marketing Evangelism Evangelism One beggar telling another where there is food Come and See! Come and See!

21 Love Your God and Neighbor The Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor: A Theology of Witness and Discipleship, Scott. J. Jones, Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2003 The Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor: A Theology of Witness and Discipleship, Scott. J. Jones, Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2003 If we love our neighbor and our God If we love our neighbor and our God We will share our still speaking faith and community with them. We will share our still speaking faith and community with them. We will find appropriate ways and time to do so. We will find appropriate ways and time to do so.

22 Are You Ready to Talk? Why do you love your church? What impact has believing in God and following Jesus made in your life? What Bible text has made a difference in your life?

23 Still Speaking Conversation and Invitation with Neighbors Informal moments at work, shopping or…. Informal moments at work, shopping or…. Be attentive for moments for a still speaking word Be attentive for moments for a still speaking word Become a Still Speaking Voice Become a Still Speaking Voice Wear your still speaking witness Wear your still speaking witness Home dinners with neighbors Home dinners with neighbors First Welcomers First Welcomers New Neighbors New Neighbors Public Worship Public Worship Ashes to Go Ashes to Go

24 E. Word - Elbow The e.word today is elbow. The e.word today is elbow. Jim Griffith Jim Griffith 2010 Wisconson Conference 2010 Wisconson Conference Still today the way most folks find a community of faith is when they are invited to come by a friend or neighbor. Still today the way most folks find a community of faith is when they are invited to come by a friend or neighbor.

25 Friend–Raising Weekend 315 Congregations 315 Congregations 4,200 visiting guests 4,200 visiting guests 6.2% increase in worship 6.2% increase in worship St. Stephens UCC St. Stephens UCC 35 guests from 79 invitations 35 guests from 79 invitations Journey UCC Journey UCC 33 members - 36 guests 33 members - 36 guests St. Johns UCC St. Johns UCC 52 Guests 15 Youth 52 Guests 15 Youth

26 Go Forth…. Into the Virtual World. In Asia, Europe and North Americaan entire generation has experienced the Internet as a means for maintaining relationships with family and friends. In Asia, Europe and North Americaan entire generation has experienced the Internet as a means for maintaining relationships with family and friends. The Internet is a lifeline for users whose mobility is limited by disability, chronic illness or advanced age. The Internet is a lifeline for users whose mobility is limited by disability, chronic illness or advanced age. The Internet is where we can find and engage our neighbors. The Internet is where we can find and engage our neighbors.

27 Costs are nominal or FREE!

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29 Meeting your Neighbor on-line Connecting with neighbors on-line Connecting with neighbors on-line Church Website Church Website Invitational Invitational Interactive Interactive Messaging Messaging E.newsletter E.newsletter Links Links Facebook Facebook Church fanpage Church fanpage Your own Your own Links Links Advertising Advertising

30 Meeting your Neighbors with new Technology Blasts Blasts KYEP KYEP Cong. Vitality Cong. Vitality Daily Devotional Daily Devotional Twitter Twitter You Tube You Tube Webinars Webinars Go To Meetings Go To Meetings Apps Apps

31 God is still speaking, Through you and me!

32 Meeting your neighbors Reclaiming a focus on neighbors Missional in purpose Missional in purpose Get the church outside of itself Get the church outside of itself Relational in outreach Relational in outreach Its all about relationships Its all about relationships Conversational in witness Conversational in witness Talking about faith and life Talking about faith and life

33 Where is Your Neighbor? What are you taking home? What are you taking home? Pray, Pray for your neighbors and congregation Pray, Pray for your neighbors and congregation This takes time, strategy and work. This takes time, strategy and work. Get a team of bright-eyed people together Get a team of bright-eyed people together Study and conversation with congregation Study and conversation with congregation Takes support of congregational leaders Takes support of congregational leaders Just get started. Just get started. Do one thing. Start with strength Do one thing. Start with strength

34 Where is Your Neighbor? Thank you for your vital Leadership Thank you for your vital Leadership Blessings as you discover where your neighbor is Blessings as you discover where your neighbor is Thank you for Your Support of Thank you for Your Support of Changing Lives: Thats Our Churches Wider Mission Changing Lives: Thats Our Churches Wider Mission


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