Forum Kick-off Training
Nov 7-8, 2014
Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Why A Forum?
Go and make disciples of all nations
Pray the Lord of the harvest will send workers
Parable of the talents
How Do We Disciple the Nations?
Objectives for this Session 1.
Be able to explain the content and purpose of the Forum to someone who has never heard of it
Understand church coordinators job description
Be familiar with promotional tools available
Understand the eleven-week church countdown schedule
What is MissionNext? MissionNext is a ministry organization dedicated to connecting people with the good works God is preparing them to do for the Kingdom.
What is MissionNext? Areas of Focus • Finishers Project – Boomers and above • MissionXplore – Younger adults • MissionTeach – Educators
• BAMmatch – Business as Mission
What is MissionNext? How we do that in practice •
Connect people with ministry opportunities matching their interests and life experience using web matching ……The eHarmony of the missions world
The Journey Deepens – Weekend retreats
Forums – Weekend seminars
Who should attend a Forum?
A weekend seminar for individuals desiring to invest their lives well for God’s Kingdom ………The parable of the Talents
Enable churches to mobilize their people to learn God’s next step for them in service …….Make disciples
Provide a concrete path for people that want to serve God locally or internationally ……Workers for the harvest
Forum Content Plenary God’s Heart For the World
Ministry Reps Peers
Worship, music and teaching on the Biblical call to Disciple the Nations.
Eighteen different seminars to discuss practical issues with those that have been there
Interact with Mission Agency reps to talk about opportunities to serve
Forum Schedule Friday 7:00 pm Welcome/opening sessions Networking with ministry organizations Saturday 7:00 Continental breakfast available 8:00 Opening session and ministry networking 10:00 Breakout seminars Noon lunch – Plenary session around lunch tables 1:00 Breakout seminars 2:30 Breakout seminars 3:30 Ministry networking 4:00 Closing session 5:00 pm Adjourn
Registration • Registration is online at www.missionnext.org click on: • Registration cost is $69 ($89 after Oct 25) • Admission to all Plenary sessions, Breakouts and Networking sessions • Continental breakfast • Lunch • Conference notebook
About the Money MissionNext staff raise their own support 2 part-time paid office people
Mission agencies pay a booth fee Sponsoring churches help cover expenses
Registration fee covers travel expenses for guest speakers, seminar leaders, lunch and notebooks Excess funds, if any, go to pay for MissionNext website mgt and design and office staff
Everyone pays to attend
There are two free scholarships for every 20 people your church signs up
Some churches underwrite cost for their people to attend
Church Coordinators Role Primary point of contact Church-wide awareness Employ multi-pronged approach to promote the Forum Provide a compelling presentation about the Forum Targeted messaging Frequently & Consistently Use available ‘tools’/content Leverage all local church communication channels
Church Coordinators Role
Recruit team: Prayer / Presenters / Information table
Coordinate with pastor/church staff Church leadership support is key Keep leadership in the loop Provide periodic updates Follow/respect church protocols Implement “Countdown Schedule”
Explain registration process Offer in-church registration assistance to those who are computer illiterate
Goal: minimum of 20 registrants
Promotional Tools www.missionnext.org - SE Michigan Forum / Events / Host a Forum / Leadership Team Notes
Eleven-week countdown schedule Color flyers & Posters (available as handouts) Talking Points MissionNext logo Church Bulletin inserts (available as handouts) Church Bulletin text/paragraph 2-minute video PowerPoint Deck MissionNext website
Promotional Channels Face-to-Face: Personal Invitation to all !!! Preferred & most effective way to communicate!! Announcements during Sunday Worship Sunday School Classes Church & Community Bible Study Groups Home Groups Choir Prayer Groups Staffed Information Table
Church website w/link to MissionNext website Sunday Bulletin / Newsletter Email Facebook Twitter Digital Signage Bulletin Boards
What Really Works Social Media is growing by leaps and bounds It certainly has its place BUT ……Personal invitations are critical !!! Like church attendance, people respond best to oneon-one interaction.
Countdown Highlights Church leadership on board Build promotional calendar Use the best tools for your church in conjunction with church media person Multiple contracts with adults Congregation Adult classes Home groups Bible studies ……Personal invitations are critical……
Who You Gonna Call? • Sue Walker • 810-227-1886 • [email protected]
• Janine Fruehan • 248-701-8689 • [email protected]
• Dave Estill • 480-248-0643 • [email protected]
Summary You are a guiding hand to “Investing your talents well” Meet often with your prayer partner
Make sure you are on Forum prayer chain Talk to church leadership immediately Build your promotion schedule by Aug 22 using the Eleven-week Countdown