Warm Advent greetings! As we draw 2018 to a close, let me share with y’all the highlights of my 2018 Pastoral Report focusing on God’s victories at Davis Street.
Develop A Clear Sense of God’s Mission
Davis Street UMC is championing the mission of God: “To reach out and connect with all people, making disciples of Jesus Christ.” In other words, everything that we do at Davis Street UMC connects us back to God’s mission in which the church is privileged to participate. We are becoming more focused on the mission of God (mission-centric) to the community that is transformational, relational, adaptive and impact-driven. And we are continually aligning our leadership, ministries and resources in fulfilling God’s mission “so that” we can be a growing and thriving congregation.
Relaunch Davis Street UMC as “A Church for All People”
Davis Street UMC is intentionally becoming “A Church for All People.” These are not just buzzwords but something we live out every week when we gather on Sunday morning during the 8:45am Missional Community or 10:55am Worship Celebration. The changing faces of Davis Street UMC as a result of radical hospitality through the Missional Community and Discipleship Pathway, can be seen within the diversity of people attending the Worship Celebrations and participating in the church’s mission and ministries. Moreover, we launched the He-Brews Coffee Ministry as a time of fellowship and hospitality during the hour before Sunday School and immediately after the 10:55am Worship Celebration.
Offer Passionate Worship Experience
Davis Street UMC is offering passionate and Spirit-filled Sunday worship experience reflected in the 145-150 combined worship attendance at the 8:45am Missional Community and 10:55am Worship Celebration. We are shifting from “worship as an event” to “worship as a lifestyle.” Our Sunday morning breakfast ministry is continually transitioning and evolving to be a Missional Community through “The Next Step”— forming a discipleship community via Davis Street Discipleship (DSD) Community Model, Growth Track and Pathway.
Implement Discipleship System
Davis Street UMC is shifting from “membership” to “discipleship.” The pastoral and lay leadership completed the 9-month Shift Training in partnership with NC Conference Connectional Ministries. From here, we launched the Discipleship Pathway—an intentional system that is shifting Davis Street UMC from maintaining church members to producing growing and mature disciples of Jesus Christ through 4 stages of growth: “Discovering, Exploring, Growing and Maturing.”
Moreover, Davis Street UMC is impacting the community and world for Christ’s sake— partnering with Sustainable Alamance, Fresh Expressions, Allied Churches, Salvation Army, ESL Classes with Alamance Community College, supporting Women’s Shelter for Domestic Violence, delivering school supplies to local schools, responding to Hurricane Disaster Relief Efforts and sending young adults to the World Methodist Evangelism’s Metanoia 2018 in Costa Rica.
Launch Excellent Children and Youth Ministries
Davis Street is re-birthing the Children and Youth Ministries with the hiring of 2 new staff positions. Children’s Sunday School and Sunday Youth Program have been re-birthed. Funds to support the staff salaries and implement these programs have been identified to come from the Endowment Fund under the Moving Forward plans for 2018, and Phase 1 renovations of Conference Room, Youth Space and Nursery Facility are on-going. In 2019, we will birth an outreach Single Mom’s Ministry called “The Caring People.” The goal is to reach out to new, diverse and young families— providing a welcoming, caring environment where we can share Jesus (discipleship) with women raising children on their own.
Indeed, God is shifting Davis Street UMC from decline and stagnation towards becoming a thriving and growing congregation! This coming new year, may we continue to be visionary, adaptive, courageous, and be obedient in following Jesus Christ— joining the mission of God in impacting the lives and communities. Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year to all!