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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 how the mighty fall

Defining Reality (How the Mighty Fall)

By Jim Collins


Pride born of success

Pride born of success.


Undisciplined pursuit of more

Undisciplined pursuit of more.


Denial of risk and peril

Denial of risk and peril.


Grasping for salvation

Grasping for salvation.


Capitulation to irrelevance or death

Capitulation to irrelevance or death.


Defining reality the church s frightful kodak moment

Defining Reality (The Church’s Frightful Kodak Moment)

By Thom Shultz


Signs of demise

SIGNS OF DEMISE


A misunderstanding of mission

A misunderstanding of mission.


Failure to read the times

Failure to read the times.


Fear of loss

Fear of loss.


Turning around

TURNING AROUND


Accept and understand reality

Accept and understand reality.


Don t just tweak revolutionize

Don’t just tweak. Revolutionize.


Take some risks experiment act now

Take some risks. Experiment. Act now.


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


Observations

Observations


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.


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#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.


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#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

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


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#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 (We are all about the numbers)

Steve Furtick, Elevation Church


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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


Healthy leaders

Healthy Leaders


Healthy churches

Healthy Churches


Decline is never the only option

Decline is Never the Only Option

By John Ortberg


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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 indicators that we are moving into “slow deterioration” mode


Denial

Denial


Loss of motivation

Loss of Motivation


Decreasing volunteerism

Decreasing Volunteerism


Disengagement

Disengagement


Cynicism

Cynicism


Loss of hope

Loss of Hope


Our plan focusing on revitalization

Our Plan – Focusing on Revitalization


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


Welcome to the smc pre annual c onference m eetings

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


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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 is the Response – 28 churches signed up to participate!


Here s how you can help pray

Here’s How you can help – Pray!


Anticipating good

“Anticipating Good”


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