A guinea pig new members class! Michael wants to try something new…
Traditionally, our new members class tries to introduce folks to enough understanding of our church that they can see all the possibilities and, hopefully, find their way to finding a place among us. But the class itself, rather than encouraging the prospective new members with an active role, sort of leaves them passive getting talked at!?!?
With this new members class, Michael wants to try something new. Instead of making a bunch of presentations to the new member folk, why not engage them actively in an important conversation? Isn’t that better modeling of what we hope church life is for them– active, engaged participant-leaders, rather than passive listeners?
Michael’s going to ask this class of new members to try it with him. It’s sort of a continuation of the idea for the Lenten gatherings this year: people talking honestly and deeply about why church matters to them.
Michael’s not sure that he’s got the right discussion starter, but there’s only one way to find out. so here’s what the model will be: Prospective new members are asked to choose a sponsor and invite him or her to the class. Then everyone is given a reading assignment. And then we will meet to discuss the reading. Hopefully in that discussion, they will learn about others and the church such that the process propels them into a place of active participation. And
The reading piece for this first trial class will be: “Religious left’s emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era.”
And from the discussion, Michael is going to challenge the new members to undertake a Project Together As a Celebration of their Joining the Church.
Pray for our effort and the people joining us!