Recently I went to a workshop “5 Things Every Church Can Learn From a Fruitful Church Planter” – we actually learned 6 things from Rev. Dave Masland, the Conference Director for New Faith Communities. There were 3 things about which he said “if you have only 1 takeaway from this workshop it should be this…”
Have a strong personal spiritual discipline
Have clarity and focus on our vision
Build and strengthen relationships.
We were also directed to read an article in the current Advocate (our Conference Newsletter) about the Discipleship Plan described at Centerpoint UMC in the Mohawk District. This edition also has a nice write up about ministries at Saratoga UMC as well. I recommend both articles!
The Article on Centerpoint UMC describes the process through which each participant in the congregation is drawn into developing their relationship with God and one another through participation in various aspects of the congregation. While the Centerpoint congregation is larger than our own, the process can be instructional for Alplaus as well. We know that many folks come to Alplaus UMC for a variety of reasons on any given Sunday morning or Tuesday Lunch or Thursday knitting. I do see that it is important to welcome each person who comes through the door for any reason and to draw folks into a genuine relationship of care and concern. I look forward to discussing the article and sharing my understanding from the workshop.