By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
Nearly every church across the country is seeking ways to attract new members, bring in younger people and encourage folks to attend more frequently. Why is this a common topic of discussions, seminars and web lectures for church folks across the country? It’s because many people find church to be less relevant to them than previous generations. Those are the words that surveys find people use; church is “not relevant” to a big part of the population.
This is a big red flag for those of us (all of us) who are working to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” as stated in our United Methodist mission. The Book of Discipline goes on to say, “Local churches and extension ministries of the Church provide the most significant arenas through which disciple-making occurs.” It’s much harder to make disciples of brothers and sister who find the church irrelevant in their lives.
We are discovering that making disciples may be more possible through the extension ministries than within the confines of our church building. This is where Next Level Innovation (NLI) will come into play. The Community Connection Team is looking at ways we can reach out to the community. What will this look like? Maybe Trinity will hold “church” in coffee shops, people’s homes or parks. It doesn’t mean the end of worship in our Sanctuary or Chapel, it could mean the addition of worship outside our walls.
What do you want church to look like at Trinity? We would love to hear from you. If you would like to offer ideas for our Community Connection Team, just let Jim, Keith or me know. You are an important part of our future and the way we will continue to make disciples in the years ahead.