Adding new services to reach new people

Posted: June 7, 2012 by efenster in Ideas, Resources

What do Portage First United Methodist Church, pastored by Rev. Dennis Ticen,  and West Lafayette First UMC, pastored by Rev. Dan Berger,  have in common?  They both started new worship services over a year ago to reach new people.  Portage First’s is held in a nearby elementary school and West Lafayette’s is held in the same location as its other services, simply at a later time on Sunday mornings.  As a result both churches have reached new people for the sake of Jesus Christ.

Other churches are following suit.  For example, Frankton First UMC, pastored by Rev. Gary Elsten,  has been using MissionInsite demographic information (available for free to all Indiana UMC’s) to narrow down the new service’s target.   This fall the church hopes to launch the service designed especially for this group. 

Martinsville First UMC’s present worship service is typically 80% full.  When a church’s attendance is at that level, it usually is necessary to add another worship service, which is exactly what the church is planning to do.   Martinsville First, pastored by Rev. Mark Suter, is planning to launch a service that’s more relevant to younger participants following its present Sunday morning service.

Both of these churches recently received a $5,000 Church Development worship matching grant.  The grant is available to any Indiana United Methodist Church that is launching a new worship service to reach a new group of people.  For more information and an application, go to the Church Development website.  Join these churches in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to even more in Indiana! — Ed Fenstermacher

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