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Fourth Sunday of Pentecost-June 13

09 Jun

Engage visitors-It takes more than merely recognizing that someone is visiting. Many churches not only fail to recognize visitors, but they also fail to engage them. Many churches fail to follow up on visitors. If a visitor is not engaged after a meeting and is not visited soon after their visit, they often don’t return, because those people come for a reason. People are looking for a place to feel they belong and if they are ignored, they will look elsewhere. Someone from the congregation should get their name and address and arrange to visit them to get to know them and introduce them to what the church has to offer them so they will have a reason to come back, and not leave it to the pastor. The pastor should actively train visitation workers to visit those who visit the church because a church that ministers to those who attend will grow and the pastor cannot do it alone.

 

Third Sunday of Pentecost-June 6

03 Jun

 Recognizing visitorsMany pastors and church boards tell me that few people visit the church. Yet when I ask about a person or family that I saw visiting, they often didn’t notice. Many churches have no way to recognize visitors. The ushers can carry visitor cards and pass them out to those visiting or the church can have pew cards in the pews for visitors to fill out. Ushers are the front line when it comes to visitors. They are usually the first to meet them and are familiar with many who attend church. If they see someone wandering around looking for the sanctuary or the rest rooms, it is a good bet they aren’t a regular attender. Even though visitors are more easily recognized in Sunday School than in the sanctuary, few Sunday School teachers record visitor information in their classes. As a result, many visitors go unrecognized. In addition, the church can have many activities like Vacation Bible School, potlucks, and visiting singers that attract visitors who have no church home. It takes courage to visit a large group of strangers and if the group does not recognize them and greet them, they rarely come back. Ushers and church leaders need to actively seek to identify visitors during every activity.

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent-Mar 21

21 Mar

If We Love Him God doesn’t call us to believe a theology but to have a relationship with Him. The theology just helps us understand the relationship. If we truly love God, we will also want to obey His Commandments. God set down His commandments as guidelines to show us how to live a life that is pleasing to Him and that would bring us peace and fulfillment. He knows what is best for us and did not give us the Commandments to spoil our fun but to help us avoid that which creates strife and dissension among us. When we ignore His commandments, we throw away that peace and fulfillment and stray into things that create strife and dissension.

 

 

Church Ministry-A-A

13 Mar

In the early church, individual Christians ministered to each other and those around them. however, it quickly became obvious that ministering to the physical and material needs often required more than individuals could handle and the church would assist. however, having preachers minister to those needs took them away from preaching so the church chose men called for that purpose. They operated within the church, however as the church grew, some needs required more than one church could handle and several churches banded together to form para church organizations to handle those problems and those churches supported the organizations out of their budgets. over the years, many churches have abandoned most social services to the government and para church organizations and have withdrawn their financial support of the para church organizations, requiring them to compete with the churches for their support.

 

Sixth Sunday of Epiphany-Feb 14

09 Feb

Volunteer at food Banks/Community meal sites. As the cost of food and other expenses rise and incomes fall, money becomes tight and families must choose between paying the rent and purchasing food. Many are turning to food banks for help. Food banks are facing rising demand and need donations of paper products not covered by food stamps and food, as well as money to meet operating costs. In addition, they need volunteers to help collect food, sort the food, stock shelves, and assist clients. Many churches are also starting congregate meals for the homeless and for elderly and single residents that do not otherwise get adequate nutrition. Donations of food are needed as well as volunteers to assist with cooking, setting up facilities, serving clients, and cleaning up afterward. Many such meals are run completely by volunteers with donated food.

 

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany-Jan 31

27 Jan

After School Program-Volunteer at after-school program. As our public schools become increasingly short on staff, many children are not getting the attention they need to succeed and are falling behind in school. In addition, with the increasing number of single parent families and families where both parents work, many children do not have access to someplace to stay after school until their parents get home from work and with the increased crowding as families double up to save on housing costs, many children don’t have anywhere quiet to study. As a result, after school programs are springing up to meet the need but do not have the funds for the staff needed. Many depend on volunteers to help them keep the doors open and help children with their homework. In addition, with the Covid epidemic, many schools are operating online making the situation worse. Parents have to work and have no one to watch the kids and kids do not have the access to computers and study areas needed. As a result, many kids are falling farther and farther behind. Many churches have the facilities and members who can volunteer to help work with the kids.

 

Third Week of Epiphany-Jan 24

19 Jan

Minister to the Homeless -You can show that God cares for someone who doesn’t know Him by volunteering at a homeless shelter-In the past, many people became homeless due to addictions to drugs and alcohol but today, many are losing their jobs through no fault of their own due to layoffs and plant closings and finding new jobs is difficult. Many new jobs do not pay them even close to their old jobs. Many are losing their homes with no way to pay the mortgage or rent. While the homeless were formerly individuals, an increasing number are families with children. Many homeless shelters are struggling to meet the need but lack funds to pay the staff needed and need volunteers to help fix meals, clean, entertain children, teach budgeting and homemaking classes, and help residents to rebuild their lives.

 

Church Ministry-3-U

11 Jan

The same goes for spiritual darkness. For quite a while, the church had open opportunity to reach out to the lost but became complacent. Its programs became increasingly mainly for members with little effort to reach out. Evangelism was increasingly left to the pastor and little effort was made to train members to reach out to those around them. Many church members I talk to have not met many of their neighbors and have no idea who they are. In addition, few know if their classmates, co-workers, or neighbors attend church because they have never asked them. The schools, universities and media in predominantly Christian countries have increasingly been taken over by liberals who are seeking to silence the church and make it difficult for Christians to spread the Gospel. In addition, the social media is increasingly censoring Christian messages. While they are currently concentrating on large organizations, they are increasingly censoring individuals. Countries that are not predominantly Christian are facing increased attacks by pagan religions that do not want them to draw their members away. Christians need to use the time they have because it is becoming increasingly difficult to proclaim the Gospel openly.

 

Church Ministry-3-T

11 Jan

Jesus said we should work while it is light for the darkness is coming when no man can work.   The Covid 19 epidemic has reminded us that we may not always be free to work.  The church had plenty of time to develop programs to reach out to the unreached before the epidemic but since the epidemic hit, the church has been severely limited. The churches can’t have programs to attract those around them and must depend on its members to make new contacts. However, people often do not welcome visitors and will even refuse to answer the door so if the church members have not already had previous contact and gotten a phone number or E-mail address, it is very difficult to contact their neighbors.

 

Previous Posts-5/12

28 Sep

This is the Fifth in the series of previous posts and highlights
Body Ministry, Church Ministry, Salt & Light, Faith in Practice

Click on the links below to access those series.