“What is God up to?”
These are the words from Bishop Ian Douglas at the 2018 Duke Convocation, who challenged us (and congregations) to shift our mindset and our behaviors from “doing the mission of the church” to “joining the mission of God in which the church is privilege to participate.” In a sense, the church must focus on the “mission of God to the community (neighborhood).”
Here’s a portion of the 2018 State of the Church Report that was collectively prepared by the Staff-Parish Relations Team and the Pastor. It is my hope and prayer that each of us will to focus on the “mission of God to the community (neighborhood)” so that we will continue to be a growing and thriving congregation.
- 10:55am Worship Celebration & 8:45am Missional Community (Breakfast Ministry) – has grown to include healing services and monthly communion with attendees assisting in serving the elements.
- Davis Street continues to expand its reach through its Missional Community efforts which is reflected in approximately 120-150 members in attendance during two weekly Sunday worship celebrations.
- Each of our Davis Street UMC endeavors is consistently focused on pursuing the NCC mission statement, which is played out in the following outreach ministries—Sunday morning Breakfast; National Night Out; hosting English as Second Language Classes; and Hurricane Disaster Efforts.
- Key lay leadership completed the 9-month Shift Leadership Training & Coaching in partnership with the NC Conference.
- Davis Street UMC is actively addressing the Moving Forward Strategic Plan for 2017-2019 which includes:
Develop a Clear Sense of God’s Mission
Relaunch Davis Street UMC as “A Church for All People”
Offer Passionate, Relevant and Spirit-Filled Worship Experiences
Implement a Discipleship System (Connect, Worship, Grow, Serve)
Launch Excellent Children and Youth Ministries
- In 2018, Davis Street UMC hired 2 new staff positions – Director of Children’s and Family Ministry and Director of Youth and Emerging Generation. Both have been filled by extremely talented, well-educated Christians, eager to help us share Jesus and grow their respective programs. Sunday School has been re-established for children, even though small in numbers, we believe this will be attractive to guests. The Youth Program has been re-birthed with weekly activities and conference programs.
- In support of the Strategic Plan goal to Implement a Discipleship System, a Discipleship Pathway has been developed with the intention that all programs and events offered at Davis Street align with our mission and vision. This Pathway encourages each member and visitor to “plug in” to a small group where they can “Discover, Explore, Grow and Serve.” A part of the pathway is a 4-week repeated cycle (On Ramp) for new members or guests to get to know Davis Street UMC and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
- Also new for 2018 is work toward launching an outreach to Single Moms by partnering with “The Caring People”. The goal is to provide a welcoming, caring environment where we can share Jesus with any woman raising children on her own – discipling both the women and the children.
- He-Brews Coffee Ministry has been birthed as a time of fellowship and welcoming during the hour before Sunday School and immediately after the 10:55am worship service.