Presentation on theme: "Where is your neighbor? Evangelism Event Wisconsin Conference UCC"— Presentation transcript:
1 Where is your neighbor? Evangelism Event Wisconsin Conference UCC David SchoenCongregational Vitality and Discipleship United Church of Christ
2 Meeting your neighbors Reclaiming a focus on neighbors Missional in purposeGet the church outside of itselfRelational in outreachIt’s all about relationshipsConversational in witnessTalking about faith and life
3 Change or OpportunityMeeting your neighbor will mean changing your program but just program change is not answerMeeting your neighbor will call for change of mindset and understanding of churchImportance of MessageChange = Opportunity
4 Missional in Purpose Missional congregations clear sense of purpose are sent churchesreach out beyond themselvesbirth new ministries and congregations
5 Missional Church“The Church exists to serve God’s Mission” Mission as Missio Dei, UCC Committee on Structure, 1992The church of Jesus Christ is the instrument and sign of God’s mission and realm.God’s 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 21st Century is RelationalBuild community with those outside the churchGet to know your neighbors and neighborhoodThis means Get out of the church!
7 Vital congregations discern God’s call and mission The greatest characteristic of a vital congregation is the ability to articulate and live God’s 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 God’s realm that we are placed?Does your church love your neighbor (as it loves itself) ?
8 Relational in Outreach Bridge the gap by building relationshipsThe days of waiting for people to come to church to welcome them are over.Instead of waiting inside, we go outside
9 Meeting your Neighbors Walk or Drive your neighborhoodWatch for where God is at workTake notes, make a map, collect contact dataWho lives whereWhat are community needsWho are allies and good neighborsDo this again and againTalk to your neighborsWhat are the hopes and challenges of neighborsHow can the church be a good neighbor?
10 Meeting your Neighbors ‘Hang out’ with your neighborsMeet neighbors where they gatherSpend Sunday morning with your neighborsSoccer matches, Lowes, Coffee Shop, ExercisePastors ‘office’ in a coffee shop, fast food, bookstore.Have meetings outside the church.Bible/book studies in coffee shop, book storeCouncil meetings in neighborhood contextEngage in conversation, build relationships,collect data of names/addresses/ s
11 Getting to know your neighbors and neighborhood Invite Neighbors to focus group discussionInvite civic leaders, neighborhood plannersWhat is happening in neighborhood?What are future trends and plans?What are physical/spiritual needs?How can church be good neighbor?
12 Meeting Your Neighbors Random Acts of KindnessClean the streets in neighborhoodBlock or neighborhood parties, picnicsFree car washes, free ‘bake sales’Frazzled parent dinnersCollege student dinnersSenior Dance eveningsCharity or Accompaniment?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.
13 Going where Your Neighbors Are Go to the unlikely placesTattoo parlorsBars 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.”
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.Celtic Christianity is the tradition of mission and ministry that was first developed by St. Patrick in Ireland and then journeyed into Scotland. Roman Christianity is the tradition of mission and ministry that was practiced by missionaries from Rome that sought to Christianize the people of England.
15 Celtic Evangelism Roman Model Celtic Model Presentation Fellowship Decision Ministry and ConversationFellowship Belief, Invitation to CommitmentThe Roman model seems very logical to us because most American evangelicals are scripted by it! It is the evangelism of revival, door knockers and brochures that ask where we are going to spend eternity. It is the evangelism that we usually respond negatively to. We explain the gospel, they accept Christ, we welcome them into the church! Presentation, Decision, Assimilation.In contrast, this is the Celtic model for outreach: (1) you first establish community with people, or bring them into the fellowship of your community of faith. (2) within the embrace of community, you engage in conversation, ministry, prayer and worship. (3) As people discover their gifts and faith, you invite them to commit to discipleship.
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 Life’s Journey, You Are Welcome Here!Reflect on your own experience, came to believe in community of faithHelping people belong so that they may believe. Stillspeaking experience reminded us that we have a mission and message. Reaching out over the abyss of alienation to the spiritually homeless those alienated from god and god’s people with a message of God’s extravagant welcome. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome.
17 Relational in Outreach Conversational in Witness Conversational ministry is central to the future of the church in 21st CenturyCount conversations, not conversionsBrian 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.
19 Conversational about Faith and Life Spiritual Seekers want to talk.Holy Conversations – Richard PeaceWe are the ones not talking.Reverence for God – silence and service.Tell it Like it is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony - Lillian DanielYour neighbor doesn’t know why you do what you do.
20 Conversational in Witness Buzz MarketingEvangelismOne beggar telling another where there is foodCome 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, 2003If we love our neighbor and our GodWe will share our still speaking faith and community with them.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?Let’s practicePastor had helped congregation simply to ask, do have a church you go toAre you ready to talkWhy do you love your churchWhat difference has knowing god, christ, and the holy spirit made in your lifeNo theological wordsRichard peace, practice with unchurched
23 Still Speaking Conversation and Invitation with Neighbors Informal moments at work, shopping or….Be attentive for moments for a still speaking wordBecome a Still Speaking VoiceWear your still speaking witnessHome dinners with neighborsFirst WelcomersNew NeighborsPublic WorshipAshes to Go
24 E. Word - Elbow “The e.word today is elbow.” Jim Griffith2010 Wisconson ConferenceStill 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 Congregations4,200 visiting guests6.2% increase in worshipSt. Stephen’s UCC35 guests from 79 invitationsJourney UCC33 members - 36 guestsSt. John’s UCC52 Guests 15 Youth
26 Go Forth…. Into the Virtual World. In Asia, Europe and North America—an 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 where we can find and engage our neighbors.
27 Costs are nominal or FREE! Greetings. It’s a pleasure to be with you today.As David shared, I have been doing this work for the better part of 15 years. I’m proud to say that the foundation of my work was built on print production, design and Christian journalism. The tenants that I learned early on are used on a daily bases with the work I do online.Let’s review a few housekeeping items before we get started.We will be covering the following today: The impact of social mediaWhat is social mediaShare examples of social media in journalismThe tools of social mediaHow you can use these tools in your workType your questions in the “Ask Questions” box to your left.Click the full screen button to view webinar in full-screen. You will not be able to see the Ask Question box in full-screen. To close full-screen simply click the full screen button again.Thank you again for having me. Let’s get started.Costs are nominal or FREE!
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29 Meeting your Neighbor on-line Connecting with neighbors on-lineChurch WebsiteInvitationalInteractiveMessagingE.newsletterLinksFacebookChurch fanpageYour ownAdvertising
30 Meeting your Neighbors with new Technology BlastsKYEPCong. VitalityDaily DevotionalTwitterYou TubeWebinarsGo To MeetingsApps
31 God is still speaking, Through you and me! Let’s practice Pastor had helped congregation simply to ask, do have a church you go toAre you ready to talkWhy do you love your churchWhat difference has knowing god, christ, and the holy spirit made in your lifeNo theological wordsRichard peace, practice with unchurched
32 Meeting your neighbors Reclaiming a focus on neighbors Missional in purposeGet the church outside of itselfRelational in outreachIt’s all about relationshipsConversational in witnessTalking about faith and life
33 Where is Your Neighbor? What are you taking home? Pray, Pray for your neighbors and congregationThis takes time, strategy and work.Get a team of ‘bright-eyed’ people togetherStudy and conversation with congregationTakes support of congregational leadersJust get started.Do one thing. Start with strength
34 Where is Your Neighbor? Thank you for your vital Leadership Blessings as you discover where your neighbor isThank you for Your Support ofChanging Lives: That’s Our Churches’ Wider Mission