Multiplying With A New Place
“We’ve changed the entire narrative of congregational excellence,” Rev. Roger Ross said.
The goal now, he explained, is to help all churches understand that they can be involved in establishing new places that will draw new people. Five kinds of new places give churches plenty of options:
- Small groups
- Recovery ministries
- Missional communities
- New worship services
- New church or multi-site
The need for new places and new people is vital today. He said that between 2014 and 2017 the Missouri Conference lost 2,300 members each year. However, last year the decline was only 1,400.
“The material cannot create the spiritual,” Ross said. “Only God can do that.” It takes spiritual discernment to know how much money will fan the flames rather than smother it.
Multiplying Kingdom Impact replaces the Healthy Church Initiative. This is the next generation of a transformation process designed to help churches shift from a mindset of addition to multiplication and look beyond a focus on the local church to the Kingdom impact a body of believers can have on their community, region and the wider world.
Supporting all these efforts is the Congregational Excellence Prayer Team. Anyone can sign up for these at www.moumethodist.org/subscribe.
He said it is no accident that Annual Conference this year is on Pentecost weekend. “What would it be like if we had a thousand people every day praying for multiplication of churches?” he asked.