More news from the Discipleship Team!

Hello All! The Discipleship Team met on September 16th to further discuss how we can influence those attending our church by using the new vision statement (Seek a Relationship with God, Grow in Faith, and Serve God through caring for others).  There are many types of people in our congregation and we are exploring ways to guide each of them to grow in their individual relationship with God.  During our meeting, we listed various types of people that may attend one of our church services.   Some examples include: a non-Christian person visiting our church, a new family interested in becoming members, a person transferring their membership from another UM church, a person transferring membership from another church, a youth coming to Genesis with a friend, and a current member of our church that is retired and only attends a service.  What would these individuals need to move through our Vision?  What would that look like? 
 
Our team listed what is currently being done at our church to welcome/ inform current members and visitors as well assist them in seeking a relationship with God.  We then brainstormed other ways that we can build a better relationship with the various types of people attending our church.  Some of the ideas shared in our meeting include:  an improved greeting system, name tags, passing of the peace weekly, and an online directory.  There was also discussion of having a group of trained individuals who can guide newcomers attending services through mentoring, giving tours, providing information about all FUMC has to offer. We discussed how to better connect with new Christians or those exploring a relationship with God by providing a “Christianity 101” class.  This class would meet 3 or 4 times a year and focus on an overview of the Bible, prayer, and making connections with Christianity. If we can build a relationship with individuals seeking a relationship with God at our church, we can better lead them to the next step in their faith journey (i.e. small groups, Sunday school classes, etc.). 
 
Sincerely,
Ashley Cross
Discipleship Team Member


Discipleship Team Update!

Hello All!

The Discipleship Team wanted to give an update to the church about our two meetings which we have held.  Our first meeting was on August 5th and our second meeting was on August 21st.  The Discipleship Team is a wonderful representation of First UMC with different ages and people from many active groups within our church.   The goal of our team is to align with the church vision statement and move Christians along their faith journey to becoming strong disciples for Jesus Christ.   What a big but wonderful job we have been given which we as a team all take very seriously.  

Our first meeting we discussed how to help people learn where they are as a Christian and disciple of Jesus Christ.  Our homework was to read the book Simple Church and two of our members researched a Spiritual Growth Assessment Tools from other churches around the country.  These Assessment Tools are for members or nonmembers alike to be able to take a survey to find where one is on their faith journey, and how we as a church help develop them into disciples of Jesus Christ. 

During the most recent meeting on August 21st we discussed three different example surveys from Church of the Resurrection, St. Stephen’s UMC, and Marion Methodist Church Survey.  What the researched showed, is most churches do not give this survey early on but once a discipleship plan is put into place.  The second point we took is the layout of the survey must be quick, simple, and an immediately response must be received.  

We also discussed the book Simple Church. We all agree First Church could use some simplifying. Though we did discuss how change will be difficult for staff and members alike.  We recognize and understand change is scary but needed.  

Finally, we discussed the question of “What Kind of Disciple do we want to see?”  We conversed over a few points of members being comfortable to invite others to church, children/youth exited to learn about God, being Christ centered, and ultimately we came back to the disciples we want to see should reflect our Vision Statement as a church.  

Our next meeting will be September 16th, and we will discuss our church Vision Statement and how we can align our team with this statement.  How do we make disciples out of our vision statement? Please continue to pray for our team as we dig into the vision statement and making disciples for Jesus Christ. 

Sincerely,

Jessica Kauffman
FUMC Youth Ministries Coordinator

Discipleship Team Member