OK, so it’s more like a dollup.
After all my angst about starting Major Evangelism Program, it has gone well. We’ve averaged about 60 folks on Wednesday evenings – mostly our folks. We have not seen an increase in new faces on Sunday mornings, but the folks at Small Church feel good about the program and what they are offering; and generally how they are working together. Mixed blessing – We’re not seeing our growth goals realized but they are feeling good about finally doing something as a church. Meeting on Tuesday to decided if and when we’re going to be doing this program again.
Because of the UM Call to Action, our Conference is asking each church to work on a Call to Ministry Action Plan by reviewing programs, services, et al to see if they are really “working” to add folks (via Profession of Faith) to the membership rolls; to baptize their babies/children/youth/them; to increase the number of small groups (and relationships); yada, yada, yada. Again, mixed blessings. Small Church has a wonderful Leadership Team who judge the church’s ministry by their Mission Statement, Core Value and motto. They’ve taken their time to go over and over and over the Call to Ministry form and to formulate (what they think) are realistic and accessible goals. No problem there. Unfortunately, Small Church does not have the lay leadership needed to make these goals a reality. Energizing missions, revamping the Sunday School program, forming a Praise Band are all wonderful ideas, but Small Church does not have the personnel to plan, organize and implement these things. With the expectations that PPRC wants me to concentrate on, I won’t have the time to do or to train up leaders.
The Leadership Team took a pot shot at Small Church’s early service. The service averages about 15 and is made up of mostly the middle aged adults with children and youth. The Leadership Committee wants to abandon the service because (1) It’s not growing; (2) They don’t see these folks outside of Sunday mornings; and (3) They think these folks’ commitment levels to Small Church are nil. I know that if Small Church decides to end Early Worship, they will not see these folks at the later service. There is a fine line they need to walk when it comes to goals and needs.
My season of spiritual discontenment seems to be ending. The funny thing is I’ve ended up where I started – as a middle-of-the-road Wesleyan. I can’t say it’s been fun struggling and soul-searching, but I’ve come to a better understanding of what, how and why I believe what I do.
I’m still burned out. I need to reset boundaries and take care of myself. I just celebrated another birthday and the theme I’m getting for reflection from the Spirit for this next year is Simplicity. I can do that.
Into the future.