Inviting & Including Team

What we are working on:

–Ryan has developed a picture bulletin (particularly for children on autism spectrum)

–We had a game night in June and one scheduled for August

–We have submitted a list of considerations to the Building Design Team

–Roger is working on an ad (Merc, NLIA, East Lawrence)

–We are planning to put together a greeter team that will begin in the fall

–Jenny is coordinating a babysitting night for parents

–Joanna is ordering “Who are the Mennonites” brochures and visitor post cards

–We will have name tags available for use beginning August 28

–Small groups will begin later this spring

 

Romans 15:7-9, 13

Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. . . . May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Quote  from Widening the Welcome by Fred Bernhard and Steve Clapp:

The practice of hospitality won’t transform your congregation if it is viewed as only one more in a series of programs to strengthen the church. The majority of the congregation must, at a fundamental level, come to feel that hospitality is a core part of our responsibility as Christians and come to share a vision of the congregation as a truly welcoming place.” (p. 35)

Stats about inviting people

90% of new church members first visited their church because a friend invited them

–United Methodist survey: 38% were invited; 18% saw building; 13% grew up in church; 10% denominational affiliation