The Outreach Committee informs, educates, and assists congregations of the Synod in regards to New and Redeveloping Congregations, Evangelism, Ecumenism, and Natural Church Development.
Staff Liaison: Pastor Gary Erickson, Assistant to the Bishop
Our Mission/Purpose is to: Inform, educate, and assist congregations of the Synod in regards to New and Redeveloping Congregations, Evangelism, Ecumenism, and Natural Church Development
Our Current Goals are:
- New and Redeveloping Congregations – The committee would like to see one new ministry each year and one new congregation every other year. The committee has established a revolving land purchase fund. Ways are being investigated to establish different kinds of ministries to Hispanic, African American, and Asian populations. A newly created Hispanic-Latino Ministry task force has been created and is working to further develop a strategy and carry forward the work of a Hispanic-Latino Ministry across the Synod based on the theological mode of Accompaniment. Congregations in population transition – rural and urban – are priority for limited support for new visions of mission. A team works to educate synod congregations in the spiritual and financial needs of mission congregations in our synod, seeking to create mutual partnerships between existing congregations and new congregations.
- Evangelism Resources for Congregations – Resources for congregations focusing on Lay Evangelist, Mid-Sized Ministry Project, and Bring a Friend evangelism.
- Ecumenism – Make congregations aware of and assist in participation with ecumenical happenings, such as Week of Prayer.
- Natural Church Development – Working with pastors and other rostered and lay leaders that have been trained as coaches, congregations are invited to participate in Natural Church Development. A congregation survey serves to illuminate the congregation’s health in light of eight characteristics of healthy churches. Congregation then focuses efforts in a particular growth area using their strengths as discovered in the survey.
Members will be Expected to: Attend all committee meetings.
Time Requirements of this Ministry are: At present the Outreach Committee meets four times a year on Saturdays. Meeting months may vary but tend to be in January, April, September and November.
Our Commitments to Members During this Period are: (i.e. prayers, continuing education, training, accountability, etc.) Workshops and training events – regional and national. At our meetings we all work together to assist subcommittees, synodical staff related to Outreach, and each other.
Members Should Know these Additional Things about this Committee: The people on the committee feel a strong interest and enthusiasm for mission and outreach of the Church.