Our Classis recently established a program on church growth. It is particularly interesting for congregations that are too small to create their own Church Growth Committee. If they have a pastor and two volunteers, they can receive from Classis a few more volunteers and staff-support in the person of Carrie Dirks, who is the executive director of Churches Improving Communities, the community development corporation of our Classis.
So this is wonderful, volunteers and a staff person from Classis for a growth program in the local church. And it comes even better: First Reformed Church was recently chosen to be the focus church in this program for the next 12 months! It means that we are currently not only enjoying a new sanctuary, but that we have real hope to welcome new members in our midst.
But there is a problem: Even though the number of participants from our side is really small, we have not been able to meet it. So far, Ben Berman and I are the only participants. We would need at least one more person, better two, in order to work efficiently with the folks from Classis.
So, if you have it in your heart to join these efforts, please talk to me (732.545.1005). The work begins with meeting with our local growth committee and also with the supervising Classis committee. Together, we will first analyze our context and develop a theological rationale for inviting others. And then we will go about planning a growth campaign with various events – all designed to encourage others to become part of our worshipping community.