As you may have heard, I have accepted a full-time call to be the minister at Elmsdale Cooperative Ministry effective July 1. In my remaining 90 hours with you I am dedicated to continuing my work of spiritual care and community engagement. This is the first of many posts that will appear here an on our blog about ways for this congregation to live into what I have read and heard you say that you want for this community.
Did you know that 80% of people that come to church for the first time come because someone invited them? This means YOU have to invite them. Yes, YOU. There is no magical pied piper that will do this work for you… You are the ones that have the existing relationships in the community that we can build on. Each of YOU is called by Christ to be disciples and one of the ways you can do this is by sharing your church with others. When you truly love someone or have good news don’t you want to share it with the world? So, invite the people in your life to church in all its forms: to Sunday worship, to join the choir, to learn contemplative practices some evening, to youth group, to check out the next big event… Ask them to come with you – offer to drive or ask if they will take you!
Check out this video and give it some thought – let me know what you think in the comments.
In the Peace and Love of Christ,
Minister of Spiritual Care