Sunday, January 22, 2006

Below are Terry Dyke’s notes and responses from the District Leadership Conference at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.  He attended The Urban Church and Making Disciples.

Which workshop did you attend ?
The Urban Church
Who was the teacher?
Rev. Marvin Nelson  /  Rev. Ed Dexter

What were the main points your teacher tried to make?
1 out of 3 members of mainline churches have left in this generation.
Problems: consumerism & desire to be entertained.

5 churches in the OKC Bi-district are gaining membership out of 95.  The others are holding steady, in transition, or declining membership.

Urban churches are fortresses.  Strangers of the church never meet the strangers of the neighborhood.

What notes did you jot down that seemed important?

  • Name and claim your neighborhood!  Do a canvass.  Don’t just invite them to church.  It doesn’t work.  Instead go in twos and ask these non-threatening survey questions that show your interest in the individual:

  • Within the group you are a part of, what is the #1 issue?

  • In your life, what is the #1 issue?

  • We have a prayer group at church.  Do you have something we can pray for?

What conclusions did you reach?  Did the workshop spark a cord for another idea?
We need to have an event that we can invite all of Shawnee to.  A revival with a big name headliner.  We need to mass mail a slick flyer advertising the event.  Then we need to go canvass the neighborhoods with the flyer.  Ask the survey questions above.  Leaving the doorstep, we invite the person at the door to the event and hand them the flyer.


What points seemed relevant to Wesley in Shawnee?
Wesley is in a transitional neighborhood, too.  We have become the center of the city.  We have a neighborhood around us to the south that doesn’t know us.

What action items should you follow up on?     With which work area?
The survey!  Needs to be in conjunction with event/revival.  Pick a date now.  We have the money resources to pay a big name to be the main speaker in PF New Programs ($1,500).  This is a churchwide event involving evangelism, membership care, and family life.

How can we make Wesley act on these ideas?
Commit to such a program/event now, at Discipleship Council level.  Work on details in each committee.  Coordinate at Discipleship Chair level.

Which workshop did you attend
Making Disciples
  Who was the teacher?
Bishop Robert E. Hayes

What were the main points your teacher tried to make?

  • We need a vision to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

  • Asset mapping our congregation:

  • Listening, assessing, visional planning and leadership

  • Answer these basic questions:

  • Who are we?

  • What is God calling us to do in this time?

  • Who is our neighbor?

Read “Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First.”-by William Easum.  We must be discipled first before we can make disciples!

Those joining the church need to go to Methodism 101 immediately.

What notes did you jot down that seemed important?
        How will we know when we get there, what will we look like?  
        Redeemed, reformed, and revitalized.

What conclusions did you reach?  Did the workshop spark a cord for another idea?
Don’t just think outside the box; create a new box.


What actionable items should you follow up on?     With which work area?
After taking vows for joining the Methodist Church, those who have not been through a confirmation class need direction to go through a Methodist History and Beliefs course, and to be shepherded and channeled into small groups that fit them.

How can we make Wesley act on these ideas?
Develop a program for new members with Education and Membership Care.

Care to expound further?
        Expand our involvement in Discipleship 1, 2 and above.  Walk to Emmaus.


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