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Strategic Vision for Latino Ministry    (web-seminar)                

 

 

Leader:       The Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén

 

Date:           Thursday, September 17, 2009

 

 

 Session held in English:     1:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern  (12:00 pm Central, 11:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Pacific)

Registration is full for this class in English -- click here to add your name to the waiting list.

 

 Session held in Spanish:    4:00 to 5:30 pm Eastern  (3:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Pacific)

Click here to register for the session in Spanish!

    

Cost:            $8.00     

Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register.   Also, please note:  This class is offered as a web-seminar which requires that participants be online and on the phone at the same time.  Before you register, please see our FAQ page for how web-seminars work.      

 

Class size:    Limited to 12

 

Class#:         CMC-EV106E (English) and CMC-EV106S (Spanish)

 

 

 

The Episcopal Church has a rich spiritual heritage and a beautiful liturgy, and prides itself with having warm, welcoming congregations.  Yet like so many other denominations in the US we are in decline.  Church attendance is more common among Latinos/Hispanics than among native-born Americans, and substantially higher than among other immigrant groups.  The family's religious beliefs and traditions are important elements that Latinos/Hispanics preserve.  Latinos in our communities are a growing segment of our population and they are seeking a church home.  We have a great evangelistic opportunity at our doorstep.

Join us for this web-seminar and learn about the Episcopal Church’s successful ministry among Latinos and why the church should embrace this ministry.

 

 

The Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén is the Program Officer for Latino/Hispanic Ministry for the Episcopal Church at the Episcopal Church Center’s Los Angeles Regional Office.  Canon Guillén gathered a diverse and talented group of persons in our church and has prepared a strategic plan for Latino/Hispanic ministry which was adopted by General Convention in Anaheim this past July.

 

During the last 3 and a half years as Program Officer, Guillén has assisted many dioceses and congregations in initiating new Latino/Hispanic ministries; collaborated with Morehouse Resources in the production of some materials in Spanish; initiated a project to produce a culturally relevant songbook for worship to enhance and support the growth of Latino/Hispanic ministry in the Episcopal Church.   Prior to his appointment at the Church Center he served churches in Mexico and the Diocese of Los Angeles, where as rector of All Saints in Oxnard he helped to grow it into a vibrant bilingual congregation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcoming and Incorporating Newcomers  (A Three-Class Series)

No one joins a church without first visiting it. Therefore, the number of visitors a church has —

and the number of those visitors who come back — has a great deal to do with a church’s growth.

 

Led by Dr. Charles Arn   (see his bio below)

 

 

 

Insights On The Newcomer Who Stays                            

 

Leader:       Dr. Charles Arn

 

Date:           Last offered on Tuesday, September 16, 2008

 

Time:           A 90-minute class, beginning at 7:00 pm Eastern   (6:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 pm Pacific)

 

Cost:            $15.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:    Limited to 12

 

Class#:         CMC-EV103

 

 

There is fascinating research on the difference between new members who become active members, and those who do not.   This session provides important insights for developing an effective newcomer strategy in your church.  You will learn six key ingredients which can be easily incorporated into your ministry strategy and which will yield dramatic results. 

 

Join us for this exploration of

What the research shows about the amazing differences—prior to membership—between those who come to faith and become active in the church, versus those who come to faith and become inactive.

How to distinguish between “receptive” people and “resistant” people, and focus on those whom God has prepared

Six questions that when asked—and answered—will dramatically improve your parish’s  effectiveness at incorporating new members.

How to integrate incorporation strategies into other ministry areas in your parish

 

 

 

“Take Two”:  How To See First-Time Visitors Come Back              

 

Leader:       Dr. Charles Arn

 

Date:           Last offered on Tuesday, October 7, 2008

 

Time:           A 90-minute class, beginning at 7:00 pm Eastern   (6:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 pm Pacific)

 

Cost:            $15.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:    Limited to 12

 

Class#:         CMC-EV104

 

 

Most people looking for a church home visit the church more than once.  Research shows that when people return for a second visit, the chances of seeing them involved in that church a year later nearly double!  This class will start you thinking about your visitor follow-up strategies, and help you discover new ways to increase the number of people who return that second time -- and beyond!

 

In this teleclass, you'll learn:

What current research shows about how many visitors return…in growing and in non-growing churches

The questions that people are subconsciously asking during their first and second visit

How to make it easier for visitors to take many “baby steps” into the church, rather than one “giant step"

A “systems approach” to visitor follow up

 

 

Helping New Members Make It Through The First Critical Year    

 

 

Leader:       Dr. Charles Arn

 

Date:           Last offered on Tuesday, November 11, 2008

 

Time:           A 90-minute class, beginning at 7:00 pm Eastern   (6:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 pm Pacific)

 

Cost:            $15.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:    Limited to 12

 

Class#:         CMC-EV105

 

 

 

Of all the people who drop out of church, over 80% do so in the first year.  There are critical questions new members are asking in the first 12 months that you need to know…because your answers will determine their future in your congregation.  Learn the questions, the issues, the responses.  You never have a second chance at the first year!

 

In this teleclass you'll learn:

What the research shows about church drop-outs -- why and when they leave

Why many churches see an unusually large number of newcomers leave at the end of 6 months, and what causes it

Why there is another large group of newcomers who leave at the end of 12 months, and the reason why they go

The unique issues critical for your church to address in the first 6 months—and the second 6 months—of a new member’s life

 

 

 

  Dr. Charles Arn is president of Church Growth, Inc, a 23-year old ministry organization dedicated to research on how local churches grow.    He is a widely respected authority and author in the field of church health and growth.  Dr. Arn’s current work is in leading clusters of churches through a 12-month application of a proven process of community outreach.  His recent books include How to Start a New Worship Service, The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples, Catch the Age Wave, White Unto Harvest, and The New Senior.

 

He has served as President of the American Society for Church Growth, an association of professors, executives, pastors, and consultants dedicated to the study of evangelism and church growth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Start A New Worship Service                                          

 

Leader:       Dr. Charles Arn

 

Date:           To be rescheduled in 2009

 

Time:           A 90-minute class, beginning at 7:00 pm Eastern   (6:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 pm Pacific)

 

Cost:            $15.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:    Limited to 12

 

Class#:         CMC-EV102

 

 

One of the “ingredients” that has been shown to be both a reflector of church growth, and a contributor to it, is multiple worship services in the same congregation.  It is not just that growing churches add additional services in response to more people…but that churches desiring growth add additional services in order to reach new people. 

The strategy of adding a new worship service has traditionally been left to the domain of the larger congregations.  But approximately half of all churches -- regardless of size -- can experience new growth by adding a new worship service -- and one in a new style.  Is your congregation one of them? 

Based on a national study of churches that did it right -- and some that didn’t -- this class will explore the why’s and how’s of successfully adding a new service in a new style.  We'll look at:

 

Seven reasons to start a new service
The critical "check points" for success
Potential obstacles and pitfalls

 

 

 

  Dr. Charles Arn is president of Church Growth, Inc, a 23-year old ministry organization dedicated to research on how local churches grow.    He is a widely respected authority and author in the field of church health and growth.  Dr. Arn’s current work is in leading clusters of churches through a 12-month application of a proven process of community outreach.  His recent books include How to Start a New Worship Service, The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples, Catch the Age Wave, White Unto Harvest, and The New Senior.

 

He has served as President of the American Society for Church Growth, an association of professors, executives, pastors, and consultants dedicated to the study of evangelism and church growth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reaching Out to the 21st Century Family                                                       

 

Leader:   Alan Akridge

 

Date:       Tuesday, January 9, 2007

 

Time:       8:00 pm Eastern  (one hour teleclass) --  7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

 

Cost:       $10.00  

 

Class#:    CMC-EV100       

 

 

"We need more young families!"  If you find your congregation saying this, register for this class to discover who they are and what they want.  What does it mean to be a "young family" in the 21st century?    What are their values?  What do they search for in a church?  And how can we reach out to them? The answers to these questions may surprise you. They elicit new ways of thinking about -- and doing -- ministry to and with the families in our congregations and communities.

 

This introductory conference will demystify the demographic groups known as "Generation X" -- people born from approximately 1962 to 1982 --  and their children (Generation Y, or "echo boomers").  We'll provide insight into how congregations can reach out to them.  We'll explore key ways to attract these young families, to minister to them, and to challenge them to be involved, committed people of faith.

 

 

 

  Alan Akridge is the youth and family associate at Saint Alban's Episcopal Church in Hickory, NC.  Prior to his arrival in Hickory, in 2001, Alan was the youth and family minister at Christ Church in Grosse Pointe, Michigan for 3 1/2 years.  A graduate of Auburn University with a BA and Virginia Seminary with an MTS (Master of Theological Studies), Alan completed his M.Div. equivalency at Wake Forest Divinity School in Winston Salem, NC.  He is a congregational development consultant and the co-founder of the Epiphany Institute.  Mostly, Alan is a priest, father, and husband (though not necessarily in that order.)

 

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