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Hospitality andThe importance of community building Margo Truett Pastoral Assistant St. Anne Church, Columbus, GA
Agenda 1 3 2 Importance of Hospitality and Community Building Present concrete ideas DEFINE! Share your ideas!
One who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them with justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord. Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response A Pastoral Letter on StewardshipUSCCB.org Stewardship
It is not about… giving because the Church has needs getting people to fill our ministries fulfilling some obligation to avoid guilt keeping up with our neighbors Stewardship
It is about… understanding everything is a Gift from God knowing that God has given us these gifts for which to care being aware that He expects us to generously share these gifts out of gratitude! Stewardship
Stewardship It’s all God’s anyway! 1 God has a plan for YOU! You gotta SHARE! It’s all God’s anyway!
Began in 1961 Located in Columbus, GA Over 1900 households 990 families with children Pre-K - 12 school St. Anne Catholic Church
Our History of Stewardship • Stewardship began 1986 • First Stewardship Council established in 1990 • Stewardship process • Treasure renewal in November • Time & Talent in Spring • Ongoing processes throughout the year
Community Hospitality Engagement Building Community Welcome/Hospitality Stewardship is the vehicle for all this!
Hospitality the first step to Building Community Welcome/Hospitality
Hospitality • The quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way. Dictionary.com
Hospitality • Hospitality is not an option. • One of the pillars of stewardship • We are called to follow the way ofChrist • The CHURCH’S Primary Mission: The great commission: Matthew 28:19-20
Ideas for Hospitality • Take a look at your parish • Adequate signage • Parking • Parking attendants • “Church Caddies” • Kiosk in vestibule/narthex
Ideas for Hospitality • Be welcoming • Greeters • Welcome Ministry • Welcome desk • Visitors’ book • Contact everyone within one week of first visit
Ideas for Hospitality • Welcome letter and stewardship materials sent out immediately • Parish Council call to welcome • New parishioners’ receptions • Welcome new parishioners in bulletin monthly • Postcards inviting new parishioners to Ministry Fair
Engagement the second step to Building Community Engagement
Engagement • To attract and hold fast • To become involved • To bind, as by pledge Dictionary.com Get people connected!
Believing does not necessarily lead to belonging, but belonging can lead to believing! Growing an Engaged Church By Albert Winseman
Engagement • Everyone in parish invited • Meaningful to individual • Ongoing, ever-learning, never-ending process • We, as Church, are called tobe facilitators
Engagement • Everyone must be invited! • Know your parish community • Parish database • Update it frequently • Frequently review and communicate parish statistics
Engagement • Everyone must be invited! • Organize a Stewardship Development Group • Pastor, parish staff representative, and parish lay members • Have representation of ALL of your parish • Clear roles and expectations • Need rotation of members
Engagement • Stewardship as an ongoing process • Clearly define your mission and vision • Define your parish stewardship process • Realistic goals • Organize a parish stewardship calendar • Provide opportunities for people to get involved using their unique gifts
Stewardship: A way of life! Engagement • Stewardship as an ongoing process • Communicate effectively • Current communication tools: bulletin, e-newsletter, website, emails, kiosk, facebook, twitter, bulletin boards • Educate about stewardship everywhere! • Report results and updates of your process
Engagement • Stewardship as an ongoing process • Develop and nurture your leaders • Identify leaders in your parish • Ask how they are currently being reached • Provide opportunities for spiritual formation, ongoing stewardship education, and personal development • Retreats • Tap in to existing meetings and groups
Engagement • Stewardship as an ongoing process • Evaluate and continue the cycle! • Learn from your experiences • Keep on keeping on • Keep it fresh!
Community Hospitality the third step to Building Community Community Hospitality
Community Hospitality 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.‘ Matthew 25:34-36
Ideas for Community Hospitality • Host community-building events! • Encourage parishioners to speak to those around at Mass • Introduce to new parishioners • Encourage development of new ministries • Posters around parish reminding others to be welcoming
Ideas for Community Hospitality • Use all of your communication tools to educate about importance of hospitality • Frequent homilies about importance of being a welcoming community • Offer parish training sessions about hospitality
Ideas for Community Hospitality Open Wide the Doors!
There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Thank you and may God continue to bless you on your stewardship journey
Resources • Inviting Catholics Homeby Sally L. Mews • Beyond the First Visitby Gary L. McIntosh • VIDEO: What Visitors See!By Gary L. McIntoshchurchgrowthnetwork.com • Stewardship: A Disciple’s ResponseUSCCB.org • Stewardship: Disciples RespondA Practical Guide for Pastoral LeadersOur Sunday Visitor (OSV.com) • Company’s Comingby Richard J. McCorry • When They Come Homeby Melanie Rigney andAnna M. Lanave