January 9, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Have you seen the notices in “Weekly on Wednesdays” for the second annual Ministry Market
? This year’s theme is “Making Disciples Through Inter-Generational Ministry.” This Ministry Market will be your chance to share an inter-generational ministry or ministries from your church…and it’s also a chance to pick up new ideas from others. We think this will be a great time to share something that has worked well in your church or that has had a kingdom impact on multiple generations. Perhaps it’s the way you do confirmation, or children’s worship, or an after-school program or a program with the elderly - any inter-generational ministry you think someone else might like to know about. We know there are many great things happening on the NE District and we want to hear about them!
We also strongly encourage and invite you to come and get some new ideas for your church, especially if you feel you do not currently have inter-generational ministry going on. We suggest you bring some of your Sunday school children, a confirmation class or a youth group. We plan to spend some of the time in “round table” type discussions and would love to have inter-generational conversations!
The Ministry Market will be held on Sunday, February 25
from 2-4 pm (OR IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER Sunday, March 4 from 2-4 pm) at three locations around the district: West Union UMC, Kimball Avenue UMC in Waterloo, or First United Methodist in Cresco. You pick the location most convenient for you! There will be worship with communion at 3 pm at all locations. Bring a carload – or two or three!
For those churches who are willing to share their ministry ideas, feel free to bring some type of display or simply submit your ideas. So, gather your folks together, decide what you’d like to share and submit the attached form (electronically if possible) to Ministrymarket2018@gmail.com
or mail to Pastor Jill Mack, 111 N. West Street, Earlville, IA, 52041. The deadline for submissions is February 14.
There is no charge for this event.
It is being sponsored by your NE District Congregational Development Team! If you have any questions, please feel free to call Cal Nicklay at 641-426-0278 or Pastor Jill Mack at 563-419-1016.
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MINISTRY MARKET 2018
Making Disciples through Inter-Generational Ministry
Please tell us about a ministry, mission, spiritual growth opportunity, worship experience or special event that intentionally includes inter-generational ministry. If you have more than one to share, please feel free to copy this template.
1. DESCRIBE THE MINISTRY:
2. HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT PUTTING THIS MINISTRY OR EVENT TOGETHER?
3. WHAT WORKED WELL? WHAT DIDN’T WORK WELL?
4. WHAT KIND OF IMPACT DID THIS HAVE FOR…
WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN GOD AT WORK IN THIS?
5. WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR MINISTRY?