One of the things you may have figured out about me is that my life and my ministry are often calendar focused. Let me give you an example. As of August 1, we are only 146 days from Christmas. If you are wondering why I’m mentioning Christmas already, it’s because I try to stay three to six months out on my sermon preparation along with my calendar awareness of upcoming ministry dates and opportunities. In other words, I’m trying to be ready and aware of things down the road for our church here at Salem.
Over the next several months, we here at Salem will be needing to get ready for some new things planned down the road. Our District Superintendent, Dr. Quincy Brown, has suggested that our church do a community wide assessment in and around the surrounding area of Salem UMC. One of the main purposes of the assessment is to help understand the needs and desires of our community. This will help us achieve two things. First, it will help us and our church understand what’s going on in our community and how we can develop ideas and ministries in how we can bring hope to those who live and work around our church. And second, it will also help our church go outside the walls of our church so we can begin to get to know who these people really are.
Using the resources Dr. Brown has given me, we will be talking to some of the people and businesses in our community in order to find out who they are and what types of ideas they have for our community. This will also give us the opportunity to start and build relationships with both of the groups.
The main focus of the actual assessment will be based on five questions:
In Christ’s Love and Service,