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Shared Learning Experience. WELCOME!. Session Six. Focusing Outward. Core Purpose for Today. Our core purpose today is to understand the importance of moving our church from being inward focused to being outward focused by reaching out to the community. Objectives for Today. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Shared Learning Experience</p> <p>Shared Learning Experience</p> <p>1WELCOME!Focusing OutwardSession Six</p> <p>2Core Purpose for TodayOur core purpose today is to understand the importance of moving our church from being inward focused to being outward focused by reaching out to the community.</p> <p>3Objectives for TodayEvaluate where your church currently stands on being outward focusedDiscover how to determine the best ways to connect with the communityIdentify who God is especially calling your church to reach</p> <p>4</p> <p>Be on time</p> <p>Be engaged</p> <p>Be curious</p> <p>Be respectful</p> <p> Please silence cell phonesGround RulesSpiritual Centering1 Corinthians 9:19-2319Although Im free from all people, I make myself a slave to all people, to recruit more of them. 20I act like a Jew to the Jews, so I can recruit Jews. I act like Im under the Law to those under the Law, so I can recruit those who are under the Law (though I myself am not under the Law). 6Spiritual Centering1 Corinthians 9:19-2321I act like Im outside the Law to those who are outside the Law, so I can recruit those outside the Law (though Im not outside the law of God but rather under the law of Christ). 22I act weak to the weak, so I can recruit the weak. I have become all things to all people, so I could save some by all possible means. 23All the things I do are for the sake of the gospel, so I can be a partner with it. -- Apostle Paul</p> <p>7Reflection QuestionsHow does this scripture speak to you?Describe a time when you feel as though you emulated Pauls ministry approach. Describe a time you believe your church did this.How do we, and those in our church, put our mission to reach out above our preference to keep ourselves comfortable and take care of ourselves?</p> <p>8Action Plan Review</p> <p>9Action Plan ReviewQuestionsAccountability: Were you able to accomplish your plan? If not, what got in the way?Application Learning: How did you apply what you learned to your specific situation?Peer Mentoring: How can your teammates help you achieve your plans?</p> <p>10Action Plan Next-step Assignments1. Develop a plan to help your church decide which of the next-step options it will take.2. Find out if your church has official mission, vision and values statements. If your church hasnt established these, then youre encouraged to wait until Step 3 of FCJ before working on them.</p> <p>11Transforming Our CommunitiesIf this is Christianity, then Im interested! (The Externally Focused Church, p.7)What experience have you had where someone was drawn to Christ because of actions they saw from Christians?What might a local church do in their community as outreach that could end up being a form of evangelism? (See pp. 21-23)</p> <p>12Outward-Focused ExerciseIn five minutes list as many ministries offered by your church as you can, including worship.Place an O in front of those that are directed toward persons outside your church.Place an I in front of those that are directed toward persons inside your church.Place an I/O in front of those that are directed to both groups.13Outward-Focused ExerciseDo you have more Is or Os?Now star those ministries that are outward-focused (O or I/O) that your church has an intentional plan that does the following:</p> <p>Collects their names &amp; contact information.Has someone intentionally contact them.Has a follow-up activity/event to which they are invited.</p> <p>14Reflection QuestionsWhat did you discover about your church through the above exercise?What next-steps might your church put into place in order to connect better with its community?What ministries could be modified so that it meets the above three criteria (prior slide)? What ministries should you eliminate?15Focusing OutwardQuestion: Why is it that 80% of churches in American are declining?</p> <p>Answer: Primarily because they no longer are outward focused!</p> <p>Questions: Is your church in that 80%?If so, does that bother you?16The fields are ripe! 90% believe in God, most would include Jesus on a list of the 3 greatest humans who ever lived, high interest in spirituality.AlanHirsch The latest consumer studies show that the name Methodist is a positive name in the minds of the public (the highest rating of all denominations). -- from Bishop Coyner UMs focus on Gods grace, personal piety and acts of mercy (service) resonate with the unchurched.17Reality of the Church In 1906 half of UM churches were less than 25 years old, many growing; today most UMCs are over 100, many are dying. Each year about 40% of UM churches have no Professions of Faith. In 1960s our members were younger than the U.S. population. Now were older. The percentage of young UM pastors (elders) has declined from 20% in the 1970s to 5.6%.</p> <p>18Reality of the Community 80% of the U.S. population doesnt fit the profile of married couples with children at home.</p> <p> In 1960, 9% of children had one parent; in 2008, 25% did.</p> <p> Sunday school was the primary doorway into the life of the church, more recently worship. Today it may be service and mission.</p> <p>19Where do we start?Service20Where do we start?</p> <p>Service21Where do we start?It is at the intersection of these three that well discover the type of service that our churches should focus on.</p> <p>22Churchs Strengths Consider your churchs ministry niche that its known for in its community.</p> <p> Consider what it has historically been strong in.</p> <p> Consider the ministries that are bearing fruit and are growing.23Communitys Needs and DreamsAsk the people youre already serving what their dreams and needs are.</p> <p>2. Conduct or use existing research on the needs and dreams of the community, using tools such as: Community Windshield Tour Prayer Walking Guide Community Leaders Interview Guide MissionInsite (demographics)24Communitys Needs &amp; Dreams3. Recognize the power of existing relationships, including community leaders already in your congregation.</p> <p>4. Prayerfully look and listen.</p> <p>25Where God Is at Work With whom does God seem already to be connecting youSunday mornings, weekday ministries, special events (e.g. VBS)?</p> <p> What ministries does God seem to be blessing?</p> <p> Where do you see God working in the communitythe schools, other churches, etc.?</p> <p>26Reflection QuestionsWhat do you think are the major needs in your community?</p> <p>Where does God seem to be at work in your church and community?</p> <p>3. Where do you see those intersecting with your churchs strengths?</p> <p>4. How might you serve where those three intersect?27Focusing Outward</p> <p>28Determining Your Target Group Start with who youre already reaching:-- Are they coming from a particular geographic area? -- Do they have a common ministry interest or need? (A.D.D. children, single adults, deaf, etc.)</p> <p>Consider a people group whose needs are unmet, that match your churchs strengths and vision, and seem to be where God is already at work.</p> <p>29Its all about relationships! Less is morewhat one or two groups might God be calling your church to intentionally reach?</p> <p> Youve got to learn their names, and they must learn yours. Match individual prospects with individuals in your church.</p> <p> Spend time together.30Key Learnings and Takeaways</p> <p>31Action Plan &amp; Prayer Concerns</p> <p>32Next-Step AssignmentsCome up with a plan to help your church identify its three greatest strengths.Come up with a plan to help your church determine its target group.Use at least one of the tools suggested for assessing your community.33Continue the Conversation!1. Facebook page = http://www.facebook.com/makingdisciplestransformingcommunities</p> <p>2. Blog Site = http://churchdevinumc.wordpress.com/</p> <p>34Our FCJ ToolboxOutward-focused ExerciseNatural Church Development*Community Windshield Tour*Prayer Walking*Community Leadership Interviews*35Core Purpose for TodayOur core purpose today is to understand the importance of moving our church from being inward focused to being outward focused by reaching out to the community.</p> <p>36Objectives for TodayEvaluate where your church currently stands on being outward focusedDiscover how to determine the best ways to connect with the communityIdentify who God is especially calling your church to reach</p> <p>37Wrap-Up &amp; ClosingNext book:Get Their Name, by Bob Farr, Doug Anderson, and Kay KotanEvaluations</p> <p>38Have a great month!39</p>