The United Methodist Church in Danville has a goal in 2016 to get better acquainted with their neighbors. Earlier this month members went door-to-door to invite people to a special St. Patrick’s Day event at the local community center. They were warmly greeted by persons they found at home. Visitors from the church left notes of invitation to the event if residents were away when they stopped by.
Twenty-two members and friends of the church attended the event. In addition, Pastor Kathy Moore exclaimed, “Thirty-three guests came to meet, eat, and enjoy the festivities!” Members took breaks from working in the kitchen to mingle with their guests and get to know them.
The outreach effort emerged during their studies with the Healthy Church Initiative, an intentional leadership development process of the Iowa Conference designed to enhance the skills of pastors and laity to lead growing, vibrant, spirit-filled congregations. United Methodist leaders in Mediapolis and Sperry are participating in HCI workshops with the Danville church this year.
Each church team determines what goals to pursue as a part of the HCI process. HCI workshops, consultations, and coaching are supported this year in part with $50,000 in apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa.