Reaching the Un-churched, De-churched and Spiritual Seekers A practical workshop on the strategies, techniques and tools we need to reach a skeptical audience presented by Damian
Reaching the Un-churched, De-churched and Spiritual Seekers
A practical workshop on the strategies, techniques and tools we need to reach a skeptical audience presented by Damian Geddry
An event from the New Ministries EMT of the California-Pacific Conference
- Who are the Nones, Dones & SBNR?
- What do they currently think about church?
- How do we change their negative perception?
- Where do we find them in our own community?
- How would they find you if they really wanted to?
- What can we learn about their unique spiritual needs?
- How do we talk to people who don’t use religious language?
- What can social media do to help bridge this gap?
- How do we start using social media effectively?
This workshop is designed to help you share the strengths of your church with the needs of your local community.
Staff and lay leaders are welcome, and each church will need to bring one laptop and smart phone with admin access for your social media accounts.
A Workshop on Re-Connecting With Your Community
This workshop approaches the phenomenon of declining church attendance from an unlikely perspective: that of the Nones, Dones, Un-churched & Spiritual-But-Not Religious (SBNR). It takes a critical but hopeful view from outside the church.
Public discourse on religion has been dominated by regressive voices that most Nones, Dones and SBNR reject as hypocritical, anti-science, anti-LGBTQ, overly prescriptive, and closed to questions and doubt. To them, “church” is irrelevant.
The challenge is to hear these voices and re-engage them – with all their doubts and cynicism – in a discussion where progressive Christianity meets their existential needs. With a bit of training, social media makes this very possible.
However, this is not a social media workshop per se. It’s a communication workshop, where we first un-pack the problem and then use social media as a research tool, before we use it as a speaking tool for reaching outsiders.
The format is a 4-6 hour session divided between theory and practice – with extra time allotted to helping church staff use their website and social media effectively.
Part 1 – Unpacking the challenge:
- Section 1 – What is the church attendance trend and trajectory? (15 min)
- Section 2 – Who are the people that are currently rejecting church? (15 min)
- Section 3 – Why do people leave, criticize or simply reject church? (30 min)
- Section 4 – How are churches currently speaking to rejecters? (45 min)
Part 2 – Building a solution set:
- Section 5 – Church’s unique role; how are we different and truly valuable? (30 min)
- Section 6 – Hearing the needs of our community – social media listening (45 min)
- Section 7 – Reaching out to the rejecters – social media speaking (45 min)
- Section 8 – Basic social media networking and best practices (remaining time)
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
- Identify key reasons Millenials and GenZ reject “church”
- Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your church communications
- Research the spiritual needs of your community via social media
- Assess how your communications address these unique needs
- Tailor communications to reach people outside your church
- Identify organizations in the community for collaboration
- Use social media best practices to facilitate the above
(Wednesday) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fullerton First UMC
114 N Pomona Ave, Fullerton, CA 92835
Growing Communities of Love: A Church Growth & Leadership Development Conference Embassy Suites by Hilton, Anaheim South (11767 Harbor
Growing Communities of Love: A Church Growth & Leadership Development Conference
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Anaheim South (11767 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840)
Presented by Mary Scifres Ministries in cooperation with the California-Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
Over sixty churches across the country have turned to Mary Scifres Ministries for the help that is available to you this February 11-13. Growing Communities of Love both a Church Growth Conference and a Leadership Growth Conference to help you and your team:
- Uncover the #1 priority to grow your church by 10% this year
- Develop the leaders who will be your champions and explorers
- Create strategies to strengthen your finances and balance your budget
- Transform your church’s culture through expanded emotional intelligence
- Discover your church’s untapped gifts for growth
Each day is thematically designed to give and your leadership team valuable tools and skills.
Day 1 STRATEGIZE FOR GROWTH: Learn WHAT you have to say “No” to in order to say “Yes” to the things that really matter.
Day 2 UNLEASH YOUR CHAMPIONS & EXPLORERS: Learn WHO you have to say “No” to in order to say “Yes” to the people who will propel your church forward.
Day 3 TRANSFORM YOUR CHURCH CULTURE: Learn HOW to increase your congregation’s emotional intelligence and be a community that people can’t wait to return to again and again.
- having difficulty bringing great ideas to fruition
- suffering from conflict or miscommunication in your leadership team
- looking for encouragement and inspiration
- yearning to make a bigger impact in your community
- seeking to recruit and mobilize volunteers
- working to increase giving and achieve financial sustainability
Come prepared to get the tools and inspiration you and your team need to turn troubled situations around and start growing your ministry and impact to new heights.
Bring your leadership team to discover new insights and spiritual nourishment, and even bring your whole family for a Disneyland getaway on Presidents’ Day Weekend after the event.
february 11 (Tuesday) - 13 (Thursday)
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Anaheim South
11767 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Guide to New Ministries
To strategically cultivate, plant, and grow healthy, fruitful ministries by equipping and resourcing leaders and congregations for the transformation of our radically diverse region. (2014 Journal I-34)
- Rev. Jim White, Chair of New Ministries EMT
- Rev. John Farley, South District Superintendent
- Rev. Anthony Boger, Associate Director of New Ministries
- James J. Kang, Director of Communications and Innovation