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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Jackson, Kalamazoo, Dearborn
By Jim Collins
By Thom Shultz
#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!
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.
By John Ortberg
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