Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. -Hebrews 13:2
The Staff Parrish Relations Committee and Pastor Doug have made a covenant (or a set of goals) for Blue Ridge United Methodist to achieve this year. These goals were developed as a result of the new evaluation process the District Superintendent is implementing to help evaluate and improve ministers and churches. These goals might be considered our “New Year’s Resolutions” for our church. They are very ambitious but they can be attained. However, unlike our personal resolutions, (which you may have already forgotten) these are written down and will be reviewed by the SPR and the District Superintendent, and we will be held accountable.
With the football season just now concluding, please permit me to make one more sports analogy. We all have a favorite team in at least one sport. The coach of the team receives a large amount of the credit or blame for what the team does on the field. In the end it is the players on the field who have to do their part in order to win. The coach can only do so much. The same goes for our church; Doug can lead us and teach us. We, the players, have to do our part in order to achieve these goals.
Goal number 2 on the list is to increase our church membership by 10%. This is an example of where we as a congregation must help turn this goal into reality. It is our responsibility to encourage and create an atmosphere of hospitality and welcoming to visitors. You do not want to return to a restaurant where you are not made to feel welcome. Few people will return to a church where they did not feel welcome the first time. Follow Jesus’ example of gracious invitation to all, and welcome those who respond to this invitation.
The “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations” is a book that teaches and explains techniques other churches have used to grow their congregations. It says that Christian hospitality is the desire to invite, welcome and receive strangers so that they will find a spiritual home. It is our job as a congregation to extend an invitation to those who may not be a part of the faith community. Then once they enter our doors, we all must make them feel welcome by exceeding their expectations.
Encouraging people to come to BRUMC and welcoming first and second time visitors when they do come is the only way to grow our congregation by the 10%. GOD Bless you and your family.
‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; -Matthew 25:35
Goals for 2015:
- Goal # 1: To have 15 persons or more to make first time professions of faith in Christ
- Goal # 2: To have a net growth in our Professing Membership of 10%
- Goal # 3: To increase our pledges and giving through our operating funds by at least 15%
- Goal # 4: To increase our giving to missions/outreach by $10,000
- Goal # 5: To enroll thirty five persons in Bible Study who are not presently enrolled
- Goal # 6: To Pay 100% of our congregation’s Apportionments & Ministerial Support
- Goal # 7: To Surpass the $600,000 amount in gifts received in our Capital Campaign