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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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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.

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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!

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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

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Deteriorating as slowly as possible has become the shadow mission of all kinds of churches and denominations –John Ortberg
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Contracting with Dr. Ray EllisRegionalizing our conference into three learning clustersOffering a year-long six session training experience.

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Building Spiritual Energy 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

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