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Welcome to the SMC Pre-annual C onference M eetings . Jackson, Kalamazoo, Dearborn. Defining Reality (How the Mighty Fall). By Jim Collins. Pride born of success. Undisciplined pursuit of more. . Denial of risk and peril. Grasping for salvation. . Capitulation to irrelevance or death.

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Welcome to the smc pre annual c onference m eetings

Welcome to the SMC Pre-annual Conference Meetings

Jackson, Kalamazoo, Dearborn

















Defining reality the smc s kodak moment morning worship statistical study of the smc
Defining Reality (the SMC’s Kodak Moment) Morning Worship Statistical Study of the SMC



1 76 of our churches 29 out of 38 posted losses or no gains in morning worship attendance
#1. 76% of our churches – (29 out of 38) posted losses or no gains in morning worship attendance.


#2. 23% of our churches – (9 out of 38) posted gains in morning worship attendance. These 9 “growing churches,” on average, added only 5 people per year to Sunday morning attendance.


#3. Despite adding three new church plants, the SMC has experienced a 14% decline representing over 1100 people in worship attendance in this six year span.



#5. Left unchanged, the SMC will be extinct in 40 years while at the same time having won over 50, 000 people to Christ. We are evangelizing ourselves into extinction!


Defining reality we are all about the numbers
Defining Reality ( while at the same time having won over 50, 000 people to Christ. We are evangelizing ourselves into extinction! We are all about the numbers)

Steve Furtick, Elevation Church


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5,6


Our plan focus on health
Our Plan – Focus on Health own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.


Healthy leaders
Healthy Leaders own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.


Healthy churches
Healthy Churches own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.


Decline is never the only option
Decline is Never the Only Option own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

By John Ortberg


Deteriorating as slowly as possible has become the shadow mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John Ortberg


The six i ndicators that we are moving into slow deterioration mode
The six mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John indicators that we are moving into “slow deterioration” mode


Denial
Denial mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John


Loss of motivation
Loss of Motivation mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John


Decreasing volunteerism
Decreasing Volunteerism mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John


Disengagement
Disengagement mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John


Cynicism
Cynicism mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John


Loss of hope
Loss of Hope mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John


Our plan focusing on revitalization
Our Plan – Focusing on Revitalization mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John


Contracting with Dr. Ray Ellis mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John Regionalizing our conference into three learning clustersOffering a year-long six session training experience.


Building Spiritual Energy mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John Corporate intercession & Spiritual Disciplines Evangelism Assimilation, People Flow & Outreach Strategies WorshipManaging and communicating change & relevant and inclusive. LeadershipMobilizing and Mentoring Small GroupsEquipping and Volunteers Stewardship Strategies & Future Planning


Pairing Pastors together for prayer, encouragement and cohort learningImplementing LearningMonitoring results as we goMake course changes as needed





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