"Very few people walk into our doors from the community who don’t already have a connection to the families of the church. ...
"In almost all of our churches that are stagnate or declining, there is a significant gap between who the church is and who is in the community. ... Over the years, a significant number of churches that began as neighborhood congregations have become drive-in congregations, meaning that people used to live in the neighborhood but since moved out of the community. But, because of their loyalties to the congregation, they continue to drive back to the building in the old neighborhood. ... But if the church is the people, then the church actually moved and now drives back to the community on Sunday morning still believing that they are just as connected ... .
"Whatever way it has happened, most churches have become disconnected to the community that surrounds them... we rarely make personal connections with the unchurched in our communities." (Pages 45-46, Community Connection, 10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church by Bob Farr and Kay Kotan)
University United Methodist Church is on a journey that will take us to a trail head. When UUMC reaches that trail head, we will need a map to continue. A portion of that map is the Community Survey. We need people who are willing and able to help.
Prayerfully consider assisting with this survey. Use the One-Stop in Sunday's bulletin to indicate your interest or ask questions. You may also talk with any member of the VCI Leadership Team.
~ Betsy Rueckert, VCI Co-Chair