Moravian Church in North America

In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.

Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Increasing Participation, Attendance and Membership

fotolia growth webThe members, boards, pastor(s), and staff of the congregation have a positive attitude toward growth. There is an intentional process leading to growth.

The congregation recognizes the need to facilitate spiritual experiences for newcomers and to build believers who love God, who acknowledge the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and who serve their neighbors in the community and wider world.

The congregation acknowledges changes in culture and society and responds positively and appropriately. The congregation recognizes the need to attract and retain new families, young people and children. There is a continuing willingness to reach out to the community with an ongoing attention to non-members in the community. The congregation recognizes the potential within its neighborhood and adjusts plans to widen its reach. There is an ongoing process for making the presence of the congregation and its ministry known so as to attract visitors and potential new members.

An intentional greeting ministry exists and there is a genuine welcoming of visitors by all members. New member classes are conducted to provide an understanding of church membership and expectations. There is open accessibility and intentional inclusion which ensures a sense of belonging and makes room for new member participation. All members make it a point to meet and know new members. Within the congregation there is a supply of shepherds who help to inspire involvement within the whole church and within groups.

The congregation takes into account the widespread location of members in developing and implementing congregational opportunities for participation and service. The results are a wider range of ages within the congregation, a strong desire by members to participate, and a stable or increasing level of participation.

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Moravian Daily Texts


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

Sunday, September 23 — Jeremiah 11:18–20; Psalm 54
James 3:13–4:3,7–8a; Mark 9:30–37

I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34

John wrote: My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

Gracious Advocate, so often we go off on our own and lose our way. We take our eyes off of you and selfishly focus on the world. Thank you for not abandoning us to ourselves. Thank you for bringing us back into loving communion with you. In the name of Christ, our redeemer, we pray. Amen.

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