The vast majority of United Methodist churches are small membership churches that can be and are vital places of ministry that matter. Most are situated in areas where there are people outside any faith community and have great potential for ministry. This Guideline will help you be an effective leader in your smaller church.
This is one of the twenty-six Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2017-2020 that cover church leadership areas including Church Council and Small Membership Church; the administrative areas of Finance and Trustees; and ministry areas focused on nurture, outreach, and witness including Worship, Evangelism, Stewardship, Christian Education, age-level ministries, Communications, and more.
The twenty-six Guidelines, one for each ministry area, cover church leadership areas including Church Council and Small Membership Church; the administrative areas of Finance and Trustees; and ministry areas focused on nurture, outreach, and witness including Worship, Evangelism, Stewardship, and Christian Education, age-level ministries, Communications, and more.
The booklets are tools that enable you to help get new lay leaders off to a good start. Each booklet includes the basic "job description" for the leader as well as practical "how-to" information important to implementing ministry effectively. Brief and to the point for the busy, but spirit-led leader.
The USB Flash Drive has the complete text of all twenty-six guidelines along with valuable charts, surveys, and other tools that help with the mission of your church and are mentioned in the Guidelines. The text is completely searchable making it easy to navigate when looking for specific information. Many of the forms are in Microsoft Word format, making them adaptable for your situation. You will find links to the United Methodist agencies' websites for easy use.
Also on the USB Flash Drive is The Guide to the Guidelines and The Guidelines Orientation Workshop. The worship is used to train new leaders of your congregation's committees and teams to help them understand and use the Guidelines for their work in their particular ministry area. The workshop, along with the Guide to the Guidelines, gives you everything you need to have a complete overview of the Guidelines and ministry areas, while helping to implement the work of your church's ministries.