Next Level Innovation and You

by James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

Next Level Innovation (NLI) is an investment in churches that have a recognized potential for reaching more people in their community and inviting them to become disciples of Jesus. Trinity’s NLI weekend in October of 2017 generated four areas that need our attention and focus. Please plan to attend a Town Hall gathering on Sunday, April 15 for an update of our next steps.

Trinity needs to form 4 new leadership teams. Take a look at the ones listed and ask yourself where your spiritual gifts align with a team.

  1. Vision Team – creating a vision for Trinity’s ministries. Design a volunteer recruiting and membership training event so that Trinity’s ministries can align around our church vision. Read Canoeing the Mountains, by Ted Bolinger.
  2. Vision Fundraising Team (VFT) – come together by June ’18. Develop a kick-off sermon series by September. Launch a fall Stewardship Campaign. Plan and execute a Capital Campaign in 2018 or no later than January of 2019.
  3. Hospitality – Communication Connection Team (CCT) – Read : Get Their Name, by Bob Farr & Kay Kotan. Develop a comprehensive plan tor Trinity improving our hospitality. In November of 2018 invite the entire church to participate in a church-wide hospitality training event. CCT with the Staff will create a Worship Planning Team (WPT) to connect Trinity’s worship to the community. WPT will work to diversify music offerings, and to engage more laity in our music ministry.
  4. Discipleship – Staff and lay leadership will form a Discipleship Team (DT) to create a pilot program of small groups that can begin to pursue a deeper spiritual life together. These groups will: study scripture together from Sunday sermons; find community fellowship time together; eat together; pray for each other, Trinity, the world; agree to live like Christ in the world. The DT will develop and implement inter-generational hands-on mission and ministry projects for children, youth and adults.

Join one of the NLI Teams soon. Sign up to receive text messages about NLI updates. The health, vitality and future of Trinity Church is relying on your participation. The more persons involved and active in NLI the more disciples we’ll make for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. For more information talk to any of our pastors, our Lay Leader Peggy Fox, or Chair of the Executive Council John Smith. We’re listening for your response.


Jim Sprouse


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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