Posts Tagged ‘caring’

imagesGod loves you and…there is nothing you can do about it!” is a phrase used by a United Methodist church every Sunday in its worship service.  The church goes on to say, “And we love you too!”  If there’s one gift that every church can give its guests and members, it’s God’s love!  You don’t have to be a growing church, a wealthy church, or a church with a great facility.  Your church always can freely and generously share God’s love.

So how are we doing?  Rarely do I meet a church that doesn’t think it is the friendliest church around.  Yet, there’s a difference between generously sharing God’s love and being “friendly.”  I read some place years ago that newcomers aren’t looking so much for a friendly church as a church where they can make friends.  There’s a difference isn’t there?  Is your church a place that intentionally helps its guests make friends?  Is it a place where folks respond by saying, “this place oozes love”?  (An actual quote!)

Members of a church I visited recently on a weeknight were cold as ice.  They didn’t acknowledge me when I entered the room but continued conversations with their neighbors.  When I introduced myself to them, they never gave me their names.  In fact, what they did do was to stand up and move to seats farther away from me.  Surely they don’t do this to worship guests on Sunday mornings!

Two churches, one that “oozes love” and the one cold as ice.  Which best describes your church?  What step could your church take to be more loving?

One simple way that Faith United Methodist Church in Kendallville does this is to shower its shut-in’s, college students, and community (e.g. firefighters, street department, nearby elementary school faculty) with “Notes of Caring.”  Each week during worship, members write notes of encouragement.  Then the cards are delivered later that week.  Already this year the church has delivered nearly 1,000 Notes of Caring throughout its community!

So what step will your church take?

— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director for Church Development



Volunteer’s bill of rights

Posted: January 31, 2014 by efenster in Information
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logoHow does your church care for its unpaid servants (a.k.a. volunteers)?  Rev. Kevin Dekoninck, pastor of New Haven United Methodist Church, has helped by providing them with a “bill of rights.”  What would you add to their list?

— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director of Church Development

“Volunteer Bill of Rights”

Volunteers are a vital part of our church as they serve as the hands and feet of Jesus.  A volunteer not only helps a church fulfill its mission, but also allows the volunteer to grow in their love and service to the Lord.

As a volunteer at New Haven UMC you are entitled to the following rights:

  1. Receive a job description that adequately describes the position’s expectations
  1. Receive reasonable advance notice of upcoming committee meetings
  1. Be provided or directed to resources that will allow you to more effectively do your task
  1. The right to be notified of the term of office for your position
  1. The right to discontinue serving in your position when you no longer feel called to serve in that area
  1. Right to be treated as a fellow brother or sister in Christ
  1. Right  to give and receive feedback
  2. God has blessed us with the Sabbath, a day of rest.  In an effort to honor this day and keep it holy you have the right to attend Sunday worship without other church members talking to you about committee work.  If you are pulled into a conversation such as this, you have the right to ask that person to contact you on another day.