by Diane Constan
Chair, Second Service Research Task Force
Prescription 3 of our Vital Church Initiative report addresses the Sunday morning experience at UUMC. Item C-3 of that prescription directs the formation of a task force to investigate the possibility of adding a second worship service. In addition, Cathy Townley's report from her visit earlier this year also includes a recommendation that UUMC investigate the possibility of starting an additional worship service.
The Second Service Research Team has started this process by enrolling in a training session entitled "New Services for New People" offered by the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church to help churches learn how to reach more people as we fulfill our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Specifically, the "New Services for New People" training consists of ten modules that will help our team first decide if starting a second service is the right course for UUMC at this time and, if so, help us figure out the logistics of a new service and how to have a successful launch.
We are currently at the very beginning of the process, having gone through the first two modules of the program. We will continue to go through the modules over the coming months and will update you as we go along as to whether we believe UUMC is ready to start a second service. If you are interested in being part of this conversation, we invite you to join our team. Contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org), Rev. Bill Bills (email@example.com), or Rev. Bill Chu (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.