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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 Conference Meetings

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.


Defining Reality (The Church’s Frightful Kodak Moment)

By Thom Shultz


SIGNS OF DEMISE


A misunderstanding of mission.


Failure to read the times.


Fear of loss.


TURNING AROUND


Accept and understand reality.


Don’t just tweak. Revolutionize.


Take some risks. Experiment. Act now.


Defining Reality (the SMC’s Kodak Moment) Morning Worship Statistical Study of the SMC


Observations


#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.


#4. In the same six years, we have reported 5296 conversions.


#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)

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


Healthy Leaders


Healthy Churches


Decline is Never the Only Option

By John Ortberg


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


The six indicators that we are moving into “slow deterioration” mode


Denial


Loss of Motivation


Decreasing Volunteerism


Disengagement


Cynicism


Loss of Hope


Our Plan – Focusing on Revitalization


Contracting with Dr. Ray EllisRegionalizing our conference into three learning clustersOffering a year-long six session training experience.


Building Spiritual Energy Corporate intercession & Spiritual DisciplinesEvangelism 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


Here is the Response – 28 churches signed up to participate!


Here’s How you can help – Pray!


“Anticipating Good”


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