Membership Recruitment |
Membership Assimilation |
Membership Lay Involvement
Outreach | Global Missions |
| Local Evangelistic Outreach
Global Evangelistic Outreach
constant flow of new members into the life and fellowship of
Bethany United Methodist Church is crucial for our church to
maintain the level and strength of our ministry. New members
are needed to bring fresh insights and ideas for ministry into
our fellowship. The work of Membership Recruitment
includes identifying, inviting and welcoming new persons into
Membership - Assimilation
When new people come to the church
they are often without much direction. The task of
assimilation is critical in helping new people find their
place and feel confident that they belong to the Bethany
family. The Bethany Basics course,
Friends, New Member Brunches, and assistance in finding
Sunday School classes are just a few ways we can help new
members make the transition into our church family.
In a large
church, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle or have
difficulty finding your place for ministry and service. The
Lay Involvement team exists to make sure that all members
find a place to serve where their talents and gifts will be
most beneficial to ministry.
involvement in membership include:
Assimilation Committee member
First-Time Guest Visitation Team member
Involvement Committee member
Membership Enlistment member
Member Brunch helper
Invite People supporter (simply inviting your friends and
family to church)
Retention Committee member
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an obligation to reach out, beyond the boundaries of our own
congregation, to share the news of Christ’s sacrifice for
our redemption and to meet the instructions Jesus gave us to
“feed my sheep.”
The goal of
Bethany United Methodist Church’s Council on Outreach is to
serve the cause of Christ through mission outreach.
Volunteers use existing skills and learn new ones. While
they are laboring as teammates on critical projects to
better the lives of people in need, volunteers also
establish new and deeper relationships with their fellow
Bethany members. Most importantly, participation in outreach
programs give Bethany members the opportunity to serve – to
put “legs” on Christ’s command that we watch over his flock
and feed his sheep, no matter where they are.
Jesus instructed us to care
about the physical needs of the people he described as, “the
least of these” (Matthew 25:31). Christians must care about
the needs of people who are hungry, naked or otherwise in need
around the world. How does the church raise awareness of the
needs of persons? How do we develop ministries and funding to
respond to those needs? How do we enlist our people in
becoming more involved in this kind of ministry? Those are the
issues Bethany’s Global Missions Committee seeks to
The committee works closely
with the S.C. United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM)
to identify critical needs of people locally, nationally and
internationally, and to address those needs through mission
trips and projects.
All around us every day there
are people in need: the poor, the blind, the lame, the
homeless. It is the Church responsibility to respond to the
needs of people in our community. The Local Missions
Committee works to identify the needs of people who reside
in the Charleston and Summerville areas and to coordinate
programs to meet those needs.
support of the congregation of Bethany, the Local Missions
Committee has established many programs to aid the elderly,
the disabled and the poor.
– Providing space heaters during the
Second Saturday – Program to repair the homes and
build wheelchair ramps for the poor and disabled
– To more than 125 families. These
baskets consist of all the necessary food for preparing
a Thanksgiving meal.
Providing toys and clothing to disadvantaged children at
Hands of Christ
– Providing school supplies to poor children both
Dorchester School Districts 2 and 4.
Missions provides financial support to many local nonprofit
agencies in our community:
to further support the programs of Local Missions and to
provide fellowship to members of the church and community.
In the very neighborhoods where we
live, there are many people living around us who are not
active members of a church. Of this group, many have no
religious affiliation at all. The mission of the Local
Evangelistic Outreach (LEO) Committee is to consider how
the church can reach out to people in such a compelling way,
that those who are outside of Christianity are drawn into the
faith and fellowship of God’s people.
part in furthering such Bethany ministries as the Bethany
booth and picnic grounds during Summerville’s annual
Flowertown Festival and the
heart of the Church’s mission, given to the disciples as our
Lord was ascending into heaven, is to go into “all the
world” and make disciples of all nations... (Matthew 28:16).
central ministry of our church is the work of making
both at home and around the world, but how does the church
recruit missionaries? How do we support those in the field?
How do we teach the people about the centrality of the
ministry of disciple making? How will Bethany be involved in
“Great Commission” ministries? Those are the questions
addressed by the Global Evangelistic Outreach Committee.