[re]Connect Your Church To Its Community Webinar

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The Connect Your Church recording is now available on YouTube.

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Our next webinar is January 31 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am:
Seven surprisingly effective ways you can influence people to be present in worship and increase their participation and discipleship in the church.  Leader is Steve James, Director of Congregational Development for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.  http://umc.adobeconnect.com/worship_attendance/

Here is a link to a copy of the PowerPoint slides

Here is a link to a document with further reading

Here are a series of fun videos for learning how to talk to strangers

Here is the Johnny the Bagger story

Eight easy ways to be Missional everyday

Here are some books you might find useful (Please leave comments below with other books and resources you would recommend):

Right Here Right Now Alan Hirsch Lance Ford

Right Here Right Now
Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford

Designed for a group study for individuals wanting to start living a missional-incarnational lifestyle right now.

The Forgotten Ways – Hirsch
Theological exploration of the missional movement emerging in the world.  The book includes the teaching about Proximity, Presence, Powerlessness and Proclamation beginning on page 134.

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  1. In light of our webinar last week, I want to share a quick story…

    I was picking up lunch at a local Mama Fu’s to take to my mother-in-law who is recovering from a recent surgery. As I was drooling over the thought of delicious pad thai in my near future, I noticed the tattoo sleeve on the girl taking my order and reluctantly decided to ask her about the images. This immediately put me–a spoiled, clean-cut, white preppy male–out of my comfort zone, especially considering that some of these images tattooed on a seemingly sweet cashier would make a convicted felon blush.

    She immediately thanked me for asking and explained that most people just make assumptions about her body art, and, consequently, about her as a person. She continued to give account for the colorful display, telling me that the tattoos show previous “demons” and illustrate poor decisions she has made in the past that she will always have as a reminder. This very nice girl–on whom God’s own image is imprinted deeper than skin level–loved talking about her skin markings. She then began to ask me about how I spent my holidays and offered her own story from the recent months.

    I thought this account was especially appropriate given our conversation last week and I want people to understand how easy it can be to catalyze a meaningful conversation, as well as the fact that every interaction is an opportunity.

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