Risk-taking Mission and Service

Posted: April 11, 2011 by efenster in Ideas

One of the five practices of Fruitful Congregations is risk-taking mission and service.  One reason studies show that 80% of churches in America are plateaued or declining is because as churches age, they become more inward focused.  They spend more time talking about their programs, their building, and their members, than how they’re connecting with the unchurched and serving those in their community.  So how’s your church doing?

Churches are realizing that they need to begin more intentionally monitoring their members’ involvement in mission and service outside their walls.  For example, the church I attend–Covenant UMC in Fort Wayne–has begun asking those in its three Sunday morning worship services each month to indicate on their attendance cards if they’ve served on behalf of Christ outside the church in the past 30 days.  Now the church has a baseline number (34% of those present March 12) to which it can compare future months’ figures.  This way Covenant’s Mission & Outreach Team, which I chair, can begin to monitor how well we’re inspiring our attenders–children included–to be serving outside our walls on a regular basis.  

Mooresville United Methodist Church is beginning an effort to measure its peoples’ involvement as well.  Watch the church’s March 13 Church Announcements at http://www.mooresvillefumc.org/media.php?pageID=44 and cue to the 55 second mark to hear all about it.  If your church also monitors its members’ involvement in mission and service, please share how its doing it too!

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