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This document has multiple ways a person can become involved in the ministry of First Church. We use this in our new member welcome times to encourage people to share their gifts and talents to expand God's work in the world. Download by clicking on above title.
Inspired by a wedding invitation, this is our new first-time guest note. It is sent out after a person's first visit. It is a 5 x 7 card stock picture with a vellum layover which actually contains the text and sayyes logo. These are tied together by jute string and sent in a hand addressed brown invitation envelope. This is not your typical form welcome letter and we've been told people feel it is a nice surprise to receive after visiting.
View the art of several artists within our congregation. Each created a door to be displayed during our Easter services (theme for the day was The Door). Later in the year, the doors were auctioned off for Habitat for Humanity as we opened the door of affordable housing for one of our neighbors in the Sedalia area. Over $7,000 was raised through this auction.
Speak into the lives of your families with suggestions on what to do during the Thanksgiving holiday before the triptifan sets in or big kickoff takes place! This received lots of good response from our people who enjoyed the suggestions.
In the 12 activity pages of our new pictorial directory we thought it would be fun to hide several items which have spiritual or cultural connection to the Sedalia area. So we have hidden within those pages things like: a tiger (local school mascot), steam engine (Sedalia was a railroad town), shell (representing baptism and a prominent symbol in our downtown facility) and even a point finger at the end of which has a "scratch n' sniff" poster. Unique? Quirky? Yep, just the way we like it---FUN!
After employing three questions: Have you prayed about this (idea, event ministry)? Do you believe it is God's will at this time? Will it bring glory to Jesus Christ? Our people are released to share their best gifts and talents for God's glory. We are the "say yes" church and we try to tear down as many barriers as possible so people can actually be in ministry, not merely study it or talk about it. Literally dozens of amazing ministry events and on-going opportunities have been created using this approach.
In dozens of ways, our care ministry increase the effectiveness of supporting people in times of need. Whether a family is celebrating a birth, mourning a loss or experiencing health issues, our Who Cares Care Ministry is there extending the heart of our congregation through loving acts of kindness and service.
We have nearly twenty folks who work in a supportive role during our worship experiences. They share a prayer as we gather to worship. At the end of our worship time they are available to pray WITH people during the invitation time. This broadens our efforts to make prayer the foundation of everything we do (our first core value)!
More than fifteen people are a part of our Stephen Ministry offering encouragement through listening and care. Their wise counsel and concern is a valuable asset to our congregation and community during times of need.
Each Summer we show a free movie for the kids of our community. This is done on Mondays in our eYESee Theater. This is a fun way for kids, parents and grandparents to have a play date and enjoy the company of other kids. Popcorn and drinks are served for a nominal charge.
DON'T SURVEY--Interview Small Groups
We believe surveys are unhelpful and invite annoymous criticism. How does it help for a survey response to say, "The lights are too bright" or "the music is too loud" if you cannot ask follow up questions like "Is it always like that?" or "Where do you sit?" or "How many people feel this way and why?" So we prefer to have small groups of people come together to talk like adults and discover what all of us can do to make things better. Surveys do not allow for us to ask how a person wants to be a part of the solution. It it too easy to major on minors because one person expresses a complaint without need to own it (i.e. help discover working solutions and move toward "how do we resolve this?"). Surveys turn opinions into causes without a person having to be a part of the answer. People value being asked their opinion in smaller group settings and they will actually work toward solutions when they own what they say. Try it. In time you may come to treasure this idea! Survey says, "71% of all surveys cause more frustration than solution to the issues at hand." (just kidding, we made that up to see if you are still reading this rant!)
Leading People to An Active Faith in Jesus Christ is our statement of mission. We have five core values (behaviors) which help us to create an environment for making disciples of Jesus Christ.
This is our April message series with a full menu of classes available to people on a wide variety of topics in the field of health and wellness. This has utilized the gifts of people who have backgrounds in nutrition, exercise, prayer, Bible study, aerobics, weight training, etc.
For several years now we have had Wednesday night family ministries running for ten or twelve weeks. There are always a variety of classes offered for all ages. This is a great time of for discipling and building community.