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Evangelism and Disciplemaking in a Pandemic - Shared screen with speaker view
Rodvegas Ingram
24:17
Someone has their TV on Spectrum News
Pat Wolfe
25:03
Yep. Now I know how to dress the rest of the week :)
Pat Wolfe
25:21
thanks to them
Rev Betty B. Brown
32:21
Amen!
Nathan Finsel
32:29
amen
Susan Hendrix
32:49
Hello from Wingate UMC, Uwharrie District
Lory Beth Huffman
33:54
Welcome everyone! We are so glad you are joining us tonight.
Sybil Perrell
34:33
Sybil Perrell here from the Lilesville UM Charge in Uwharrie district.
Lynne Caldwell
35:58
Hello, friends and colleagues. Good to be with you! Lynne Blankenship Caldwell, Bethel UMC, Winston-Salem
Sybil Perrell
36:35
please mute yourselves
jacqueline Tookey
37:31
Hello from Jacqueline Tookey, The Arbor UMC, Uwharrie
Nathan Finsel
48:45
Technology has been trying but has been major blessing
Nathan Finsel
49:12
Making us step our outside our wheelhouse to grow
Pat Wolfe
50:19
I can't and don't want to imagine what it would be if we didn't have the technology.
Katie Lineberger
50:45
How has the pandemic caused you to embrace discipleship or how has it revealed glaring gaps that existed before the pandemic?
John Kretzu
51:43
The foundation for evangelism is prayer. I pray for God to give me opportunities.
John Kretzu
52:03
Using the FRAN plan:
Amy Vaughan
52:05
We do a weekly zoom Bible study...very few attend, but a few from other churches have expanded us a bit.
John Kretzu
52:08
Friends
John Kretzu
52:13
Relatives
Sean Bloom
52:20
FUMC Stanley opened our outdoor facility, CommonGround, to the public before the pandemic. But we are seeing far more people enjoying our trails and outdoor facilities even more now
John Kretzu
52:21
Acquaintances
Lynne Caldwell
52:22
Pandemic has opened up new dimensions of reaching persons outside of our normal worshipping community. Conference call line has opened a weekly prayer ministry
Sharon Lee
52:25
I saw our discipleship go up due to pandemic because people who were too tired after work or on weekends could now do it from home and it was more convenient.
Nancy Ridenhour
52:25
I have found that I have time to study further on the daily devotional. I just take a few extra minutes for it and amazing what I am learning.
John Kretzu
52:29
Neighbors.
Amy Vaughan
52:49
My husband and I also participate with another clergy friend and some of her church members with another study. Which has been great!
Sybil Perrell
52:53
I have so many without internet so I'm trying daily phone messages with scripture and questions for them to ponder
Monica Childers
52:56
we have focused on congregational care which has offered more platform for relationships and fellowship to be fostered through prayer and caring for o there’s.
John Crane
52:59
Before the pandemic, we did no discipleship opportunities online...we've shown that it CAN work!
John Kretzu
53:01
Partnering with other pastors committed to Evangelism and discipleship.
Louise Woods
53:09
Has allowed time to listen in depth and to deal even more deeply into racism .
John Kretzu
53:22
Learning and preparing to do Sketchboard evangelism.
Rev Betty B. Brown
53:46
God brought an opportunity to me. I was able to witness at the pharmacy.
Jennie Maness
53:54
We have worked to be creative in our online services and actually have greater online attendance now than we had for in-person services a year ago.
Kathy
54:14
Our weekly pastor Bible study has made it possible for those who would not venture out at night to be a part of a night study. Zoom book studies have enabled intergenerational groups to occur.
Louise Woods
54:18
Backyard Sunday School has brought better attendance than regular church. Contacts with families have been strengthened. We need to celebrate positives and how to carry these forward when back at church.
Karen Doucette
54:18
Doing a weekly devotion on line has caused for more learning for me, like Nancy mentioned.
Amy Vaughan
54:24
My most popular thing with some folks is very one-sided...I do a daily Front Porch Prayer on FB, but I need to make it a more interactive thing.
Stuart Jones
54:28
we are rural so very few with technology. I do a facebook sermon every Sunday, We have been outdoors when the weather is warm. Now we have an FM transmitter we can use when cold.
stacy
54:31
Technology has allowed us to reach way beyond our church doors. Sharing online services on social media are reaching (or has the possibility) many, many more.
John Kretzu
54:32
Building bridges with unchurched groups.
Darren Crotts
54:49
Surprised by the resiliency of our folks in their continuing ideas. Offering to live stream into retirement homes is now a possibility for our disconnected older adults.
Nathan Finsel
54:57
Opened prayer groups... Pavilion for small groups …. Cell group ministry and accountability groups that focus on bible study and support.
Rodvegas Ingram
55:18
Doing more missions work in the community
Pat Wolfe
55:19
Getting to know my neighbors, asking them how I can help them and pray for them.
Sean Bloom
55:20
Our dependence on internet/technology has helped reach new people..... but it also has isolated us from shutins, elderly, ndd those wihtout reliable internet.
Susan Hendrix
55:20
It has made me realize how much more I need to create my own devotional and faith practices (to provide those resources REv. Sam spoke of. It has revealed that we have not done well in teaching our congregation to be disciples or carry out the ministry of the laity. I think our laity has gotten too used to pastors doing the work, forgetting that we are also called to do that.
John Kretzu
55:21
When a clerk says have a blessed day, Ask them if the love Jesus. People are listening in.
Sharon Lee
55:31
one struggle is finding out about congregational care needs on Facebook because they feel it is quicker and it feels that I am the last to know.
Rev Betty B. Brown
55:44
I feel closer to the group doing the Bible Study,
John Henry, Jr/
55:45
zoom worship services and Bible Study and other small group studies are working well with our congregation
Darren Crotts
56:05
Passing along recordable bears that contain a message of hope for our inactive folks.
John Kretzu
56:26
Reading some new books on disciplemaking.
Celeste Tolbert
56:32
Service project that involved many people working and mission gift to those deeply in need.
Katie Lineberger
56:35
What keeps you hungry?
Nathan Finsel
56:39
Wednesday moments email devotions, Refuel Moments on Facebook to be outreach and uplift
John Kretzu
56:46
People need Jesus more now than ever!
Stuart Jones
57:01
we have reached to a mom and two kids, Her husband dies suddenly in July. I am trying to set up discipleship with the two boys on face book. We had a member give their $600 to the family
Nathan Finsel
57:32
I love music and refuel in worship to connect with God
Sybil Perrell
57:36
journaling has helped me.
stacy
57:39
Daily devotions, walks/hikes in nature
Nancy Ridenhour
57:49
I love education and learning more about the history of the time and what things mean. For example, over Christmas I studied what the 12 days of Christmas means in the song and that my true love is God.
Louise Woods
57:52
Practicing humility, grace
Bartune's iPad
57:53
reading through devotional reading...prayers
John Kretzu
57:58
I confess and repent every day for not winning souls and not discipling believers. This reminds me and empowers me.
Rodvegas Ingram
57:59
Laity led Prayer Call on Tuesday and Friday has fed my soul
Celeste Tolbert
58:28
Doing/leading deep studies that are focused on spiritual formation for people in church and taking classes online outside the church that expand my heart soul mind spirit
Rev Betty B. Brown
58:29
reading the Bible more.
Pat Wolfe
58:30
Youversion bible devotional app
Karen Doucette
58:31
Walking/hikes and really spending time in the sanctuary as if holding space for the congregation. It has been lovely.
Nancy Hudson
58:31
daily devotion and zoom Bible study
Amy Vaughan
58:37
I have been doing daily mindfulness practices.. And it feeds what I tell my congregation as well.
John Henry, Jr/
58:43
we do a monthly drive-by for a few members who cannot get out and about
Stuart Jones
58:45
Mindfulness from Selah. I am in a contemplative order. Music, humor, my dogs morning devotion
Tish and Bryan
58:59
the nice thing about working from home is that I can crank up my radio and have church while I am working.
Kathy
59:02
Reading and journaling and exploring the contemplative practices of old.
Darren Crotts
59:15
Accountability Group that meets weekly over zoom. Personally use the Daily Examen.
Rodvegas Ingram
59:25
Daily Examen through Selah has been a blessing too!
Pat Wolfe
59:27
Easy to share with others too
Nicole Campbell
59:27
actually singing is great on online worship because we can sing our hearts out at home whereas at in-person gatherings we cannot sing.
John Kretzu
59:31
Have a testimony and memorize Romans 10:9
Nathan Harris
59:43
Upper Room
Nathan Finsel
59:48
We weren't supposed to do that in my office
Nathan Finsel
59:49
lol
Amy Vaughan
01:00:01
A clergy women's covenant group that meets monthly on zoom.
John Henry, Jr/
01:00:04
Upper Rooms are mailed out to members
Monica Childers
01:00:09
staying on a routine where care for self is 1st. Worshiping with churches that I normally wouldn’t be able to worship with.
Darren Crotts
01:01:18
http://reimaginingexamen.ignatianspirituality.com/
Amy Vaughan
01:01:29
And I have a sabbath keeping partner and we talk at least monthly. Another friend and I have a weekly call to each other to encourage each other.
Kevin J. Ward
01:01:33
Pandemic has forced me back to focusing on relationships and shift away from programming
Kathy
01:01:50
walking with my dog and being in nature
Nathan Harris
01:02:11
Journaling
Nathan Finsel
01:02:52
no sound
Nathan Harris
01:03:00
no sound
John Kretzu
01:07:40
How do we lead people to Christ?
John Kretzu
01:07:56
How do we train them to lead people to Christ?
John Kretzu
01:09:01
How do we know how we are maturing in Christ? Bear fruit? Serving with gifts? Putting on the full armor?
Lory Beth Huffman
01:09:02
Great question, John. The more work we do with discipleship to help our people become more mature disciples, we are better able to help them reach people in their lives for Jesus.
Nathan Finsel
01:09:56
when we live into the worship then others see that it is an authentic witness of what a life with Christ looks like.
John Kretzu
01:10:30
Are we experiencing "Professions Of Faith"?
Ria Holtzhausen
01:11:06
I love what you said that Discipleship is who we are, it is nota program
John Kretzu
01:12:10
What does it say if we allow COVID-19 to keep us from the Great Commission? Isn't God giving us opportunities THROUGH C-19?
Nathan Finsel
01:12:13
Amen
Susan Hendrix
01:12:36
I don't think we "train to lead to Christ"; I think we need to teach how to reflect Christ, to be the hands and feet and mouth of Christ. How do we practice presenting Christ everywhere and in everything we do. It will be unique to each disciple, but still presenting the same Jesus to the world.
Lory Beth Huffman
01:12:54
I love that, Susan.
John Kretzu
01:13:36
If someone asks us how they can become like our holy lives, do we know what to tell them?
Sharon Lee
01:14:44
Same here Lory Beth. We had to pause for a period and are reshaping.
John Kretzu
01:15:55
All creation will be shaken so that only unshakable things will remain. Heb 12:27
Stuart Jones
01:17:30
Ive tried to communicate that we are on faith is a process instead of a destination. Transformation at time appears to take a back seat
John Kretzu
01:17:32
Do we have good news to share in a bad news world?
John Kretzu
01:17:54
Is Jesus still able to heal?
Sharon Lee
01:18:11
Yes, we do have good news in a bad news world!
John Kretzu
01:18:48
Psalm 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side...
Lory Beth Huffman
01:19:49
Stuart- great point. Discipleship is definitely a process and even now- doesn’t have to come to a grinding halt. We can still be formed even if it’s in different ways.
Pam Blackstock
01:32:58
you are so welcome Rod!
Susan Hendrix
01:33:14
Yes! Start with what you have! Fresh Expressions calls it the "Moses question" - what is that in your hand? You start with that.
pisgahlincolnton@gmail.com
01:37:17
Yes! I now have become friends with my neighbors. We even planted a neighborhood garden last summer!
Nicole Campbell
01:39:13
That is wonderful, pisgahlincolnton !
Cannon
01:39:57
Why can choirs not zoom together to create music?
Pat Wolfe
01:40:06
Some of my neighbors have started "attending" our vitual worship on Zoom and facebook. I love sharing the links.
Nancy Ridenhour
01:40:44
At NC State University one of the music student groups made a twitter concert. It was all online and they were all at home and playing the same song.
Nicole Campbell
01:40:46
I agree,Katie.
Rodvegas Ingram
01:41:03
We plan to keep the virtual service when we do return to in person worship
Lory Beth Huffman
01:41:12
Hey Cannon- they can but it’s hard. Because of the delay you can’t sing at the same time. It sounds like the Tower of Babel!
John Henry, Jr/
01:41:23
choirs will not be in sync, however, some editing has to be done to create the finished product
Lory Beth Huffman
01:41:40
From Social Media to Social Ministry - Nona Jones
Cannon
01:42:42
Ellen Ringer- Clemmons UMC. Our choirs on line are wonderful. They work at it amazingly. I am not in the choir, so I can tell how well they do.
Nicole Jones
01:43:00
What a blessing @Cannon!
Nicole Jones
01:43:12
@Ellen
Louise Woods
01:44:33
Would like to know how to do with choir. We "meet" but have to mute everyone except the choir director when we sing.
Sean Bloom
01:44:36
Can we share groups if we have ones?
Lory Beth Huffman
01:45:38
Sean, if you set up a group you can invite people into the group. If it’s an open group - people can ask to join the group.
Lory Beth Huffman
01:46:49
Louise - it is complicated to do the editing for individuals to record themselves singing and getting it all synced up.
Louise Woods
01:47:32
Thought so. Thanks!
Cannon
01:48:55
Ellen Ringer CUMC The singers sing from their homes on zoom. Technology persons in the church coordinate. I know very little about this. Kathy Giff and Tammy Clapp from Clemmons UNC are in this group. Carol Covington is our choir coordinator. This presentation involves a number of technicians and musicians It is a real blessing. I can appreciate it as a church member.
Darren Crotts
01:49:04
https://smile.amazon.com/Social-Media-Ministry-Digital-Discipleship/dp/031010386X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1R9OLOBSHP6UO&dchild=1&keywords=from+social+media+to+social+ministry&qid=1610498948&s=books&sprefix=from+social%2Cstripbooks%2C183&sr=1-1
Kathy
01:49:14
our amazing music and worship arts minister has done some unbelievable editing and production for virtual choirs and music.
Katie Lineberger
01:51:11
What creative ideas have you tried or heard about for doing discipleship now/virtually? What’s one discipleship practice that worked so well that you want to share?
John Crane
01:51:17
TIP: If you are broadcasting your worship service on Facebook, think about creating a Google Doc where people can "register" their attendance (name / email / phone number) in the same way that they would "sign a visitor pad". You can then post the link to the Google Doc as a comment several times during your broadcast. Then, you can use that information to send follow-up emails / texts / calls to those who are "visitors" to your service.
Nicole Jones
01:51:57
Great tip @John!
Nicole Campbell
01:52:07
VBS
Darren Crotts
01:52:45
Planning to "borrow" multiple ideas...
Cannon
01:52:47
Sunday School Class Notes. We are now coaching everyone on how to get Covid shots. A life skill we al need help ith
Louise Woods
01:52:49
with take-home packets to use with VBS
Pat Wolfe
01:52:54
We at St, Andrews have virtual VBS going on right now.
Sandy Frederick
01:52:56
Children’s story time on Facebook live
John Henry, Jr/
01:53:02
A New Day in the City by Donna Clay Sikkim and L Roger Owens
Kathy
01:53:10
Our preschool teachers read a book for the twelve days before Christmas
Celeste Tolbert
01:53:14
Drive through Bethlehem
Louise Woods
01:53:15
Backyard Sunday School
Rev. Matthew Johnson - Glencoe UMC
01:53:25
Virtual children gatherings (i.e. stream a movie, etc.) and allow time before and after for the kids to talk with each other!
Monica Childers
01:53:27
advent packets for home, children’s worship online, driveway evangelism
Cannon
01:53:30
Prayers as class members go to medical appts. Texts as we go into meetings at medical facilities.’
Sean Bloom
01:53:38
Our church hosts a lunch-time Bible Study on Fridays for office rworkers
Sybil Perrell
01:53:41
take home VBS
Darren Crotts
01:53:43
Involving folks in reading scripture by recorded methods or live. Some people will sing to a webcam but not "in front" of people...
Louise Woods
01:53:43
Virtual Sunday School or via phone when too cold
Philip Setzer
01:53:43
prayer requests on chat during worship on FB Live
Pat Wolfe
01:53:54
I taught our kids in our children's program how to play games/ uno etc on line and share.
Rev Betty B. Brown
01:54:00
virtual Bible Story Time for Children
Sybil Perrell
01:54:03
Good Friday packet for a service for that
Louise Woods
01:54:05
Lit home weekly for Sunday School
Kathy
01:54:13
Been a great way to disciple parents to be the spiritual leaders of their children.
Tish and Bryan
01:54:18
expand on drive thru Bethlehem pleases
Sybil Perrell
01:54:27
children's bulletin to families by email
stacy
01:54:35
Drive Thru Communion
Philip Setzer
01:54:40
you need a host to watch the chats... on FB Live
Judi Hunt, Wesley UMC
01:54:49
We gave out candles and pre-packaged communion elements before Christmas Eve. We zoomed our service and could see everyone lighting their candles. Looking for creative ideas for Ash Wednesday!
stacy
01:55:11
Drive Thru Blessing of the Animals.
Celeste Tolbert
01:55:17
It was about 10 stations where you drove by each station and you, the visitor were Joseph and Mary
Philip Setzer
01:55:21
we did an outdoor live nativity
Judi Hunt, Wesley UMC
01:55:22
Matthews did drive through Bethlehem
Jennie Maness
01:55:32
We provided Advent packets for our church families, including devotional and materials to make Advent wreaths. Also provided packets for families to participate in a virtual Love Feast.
Sandy Frederick
01:55:54
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkfElXcQs4s&t=592s
Cannon
01:56:06
emailed participation in Christmas Eve communion. Clemmons UMC
Sandy Frederick
01:56:31
That’s the link for a YouTube video of Skyland’s drive-thru Bethlehem
Darren Crotts
01:57:13
"Visiting" older members by parking at the end of their driveway and calling them on your cell phone. They will actually step outside and talk over the phone. Pretty Cool!!
Nicole Campbell
01:57:15
Sounds a little like our cross cultural ministry Los Pasados which I love !
Sybil Perrell
01:57:21
outdoor hanging of the greens
Celeste Tolbert
01:57:44
Trunk or Treat too
Kathy
01:59:35
Thank you for this reenergizing conversation! What a gift and blessing.
Karen Doucette
02:00:22
Thank you for sharing some much information with us—it has been great to hear the shared ideas.
Kathy
02:00:57
Is there a way to share the chat comments? So many great ideas.
Louise Woods
02:01:02
We need to claim God's power knowing that it is not us but God that makes things happen
Tammy Clapp
02:01:04
Than
Tammy Clapp
02:01:15
Thank you h
Sybil Perrell
02:01:29
this has been great. Thanks so much for the encouragement!
Pat Wolfe
02:01:51
Thank you for this opportunity tonight.
Laura Auten
02:02:28
yes, chat can be posted with the recording
Katherine Pasour
02:02:46
Thank you to leaders, organizers, and participants. This has been very helpful.
pisgahlincolnton@gmail.com
02:02:52
This has been great!
Linda Bohling
02:02:57
Thank you so much for this wonderful session tonight! This has been the best one yet!
Darren Crotts
02:02:58
Our team of facilitators that are always helping us to become better followers of Jesus.
Cannon
02:03:21
Many thanks for this opportunity. Ellen Ringer
Louise Woods
02:03:30
Please pray that our churches be part of learning the truth and bringing our community together
Katie Lineberger
02:03:59
Another online worship tip: Don't title your worship video as: "Church UMC Worship 1.1.21". Give it a title that might be the main take-away from worship. For example, someone might be searching for what it means to forgive and your worship service is more likely to show up in the results if forgiveness is in the title.
Nicole Campbell
02:04:08
THANK YOU !!
Sharon Lee
02:04:16
Thank you.
Loretta Wilson
02:04:24
Thank you everyone