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Almost 8 Million Americans Leave Church Annually; ‘reDiscover Church’ Booklets Invite Them Back


Vista, CA (PRWEB) August 11, 2010

The church in the United States is in a general state of decline, with fewer than one in five Americans attending on a regular basis and almost 8 million – 150,000 per week – leaving churches each year. To help invite them back, Outreach Inc. is offering “reDiscover Church,” a 37-page booklet that can help church members reach out to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

The “reDiscover Church” booklet, customizable for individual churches, discusses 10 reasons why people leave church, and why they come back. The booklet also helps equip members for national “Back to Church Sunday”. Sept. 12, a movement that seeks to reach people who once attended church and invites them to a special Sunday service.

“Tragically, people have left churches across America, but the good news is, many will return if somebody simply invites them,” said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, who also is a pastor, author and columnist for “Outreach Magazine”. “This simple booklet is a powerful resource to bring them back.”

In 2008, the American Religious Identification Survey showed that 83 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians. In contrast, another survey that same year by the Barna Group indicated only about 20 percent of Americans attends church on any given Sunday.

A study by LifeWay Research and the North American Mission Board of 15,000 adults found that 67 percent of Americans say a personal invitation from a family member would be effective in getting them to visit a church. A personal invitation from a friend or neighbor would effectively reach 63 percent. A survey of pastors discovered that awareness of these statistics makes a big difference in motivating pastors to empower congregations to invite their family, friends and neighbors to church.

“A church’s greatest outreach tools are its members,” said Eric Abel, vice president of marketing for Outreach. “Equipping members with tools like the “reDiscover Church” booklets empower people to share their faith.”

In addition to church distribution, the booklet also can be inserted into door hanger bags and left at homes as part of a neighborhood invitation campaign or mailed to visitors, along with a personal letter from the church’s pastor. More information about “reDiscover Church,” including a preview can be found at http://outr.ch/2z.

Abel said “reDiscover Church” is an excellent invitation tool to give to church members in the weeks leading up to national “Back to Church Sunday.”

During the first event last year, hundreds of churches across the country participated, with members inviting more than 700,000 non-churchgoers. Churches that took part saw a 19 percent average increase in their weekend attendance.

To date, more than 2,300 churches have committed to participate in the 2010 event. Outreach estimates almost 1 million invitations will be issued. A list of participating churches can be found at www.backtochurch.com/roster.

Outreach Inc. is the largest provider of outreach products and services in North America, including Outreach magazine, a leading publication for church leaders nationwide. The company was launched in 1996 with the mission of empowering Christian churches to reach their communities for Jesus Christ. Outreach Inc. endeavors to create a network of churches and ministries working together to invite and connect every person in America to a Bible-believing church and ultimately into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Donates Two Million Dollars to Texas College

(PRWEB) December 23, 2004

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church donated two million dollars to Texas College in Tyler, Texas on Friday, October 29, 2004. The denomination’s College of Bishops, General Connectional Officers, Judicial Council, clergy and lay persons, and alumni of Texas College presented the check to the President, Dr. Billy C. Hawkins. Dr. Hawkins expressed his gratitude to the College of Bishops and the church for the extremely generous gift for operations. The gift continues a legacy of major giving and support by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church to its educational institutions and the surrounding communities.

Senior Bishop and CEO Marshall Gilmore and seven other members of the College of Bishops were on hand at this momentous event. Members of Texas College new football team witnessed the celebration before leaving town to play Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and Texas College is especially proud of Bishop Gilmore for his leadership as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and for providing many years of service to the college. During the past decade, the church has contributed twelve million dollars to Texas College and provided tremendous support to the campus and community.

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, with over 133 years of rich history, was founded in 1870 in Jackson, Tennessee and operates throughout the United States Haiti, Jamaica, Ghana, and Nigeria. The church owns and operates four historical black colleges: Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee; Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama; Paine College (in cooperation with the United Methodist Church ) in Augusta, Georgia; and Texas College. Additionally, the CME Church operates a historical and major graduate school institution, the Phillips School of Theology, at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta.

For over a century, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church has been involved in the community and the civil rights movement, and has established significant partnerships with major Christian denominations and civic organizations including the NAACP, National Council of Churches, Children’s Defense Fund, World Methodism Council, One Church One School, Church Women United, and African-American fraternities and sororities.

The presentation of the gift was another historical event for the CME Church. Eight of the denomination’s ten active bishops were present on the Texas College campus for the celebration. In attendance were Bishops Marshall Gilmore of the Eighth Episcopal District; William H. Graves, First Episcopal District; Othal H. Lakey, Sixth Episcopal District; Thomas L. Hoyt, Fourth Episcopal District; Charles L. Helton, Seventh Episcopal District; Paul A.G. Stewart, Third Episcopal District; Lawrence L. Reddick III, Fifth Episcopal District; and Henry M. Williamson Sr., Ninth Episcopal District. Bishop E. Lynn Brown, the present Chairman of the College of Bishops and leader of the Second Episcopal District, and Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham of the Tenth Episcopal District, sent representatives from their respective districts since pressing matters would not allow them to be present.

Texas College relies on philanthropic gifts of all kinds. Donations to Texas College continue to be accepted. Support from alumni, parents, friends, the United Negro College Fund, corporations and foundations allow Texas College to maintain quality education and facilities. You may join the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in their support for Texas College with your tax-deductible contribution. You can make your tax-deductible contribution payable to Texas College and send it directly to Bishop Marshall Gilmore, 1616 Illinois Avenue, Dallas, TX 75224.

You may visit this website for additional information about this story: http://www.cme-church.org/Episcopal_District/Ninth/cmegift.htm

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One Million Dollars Donated to Katrina Victims

Houston, TX (PRWEB) October 14, 2005

On Wednesday, October 19, 2005, Bishop Neil C. Ellis of Nassau, Bahamas will present a one million dollar check to Bishop Paul S. Morton of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship for victims of Hurricane Katrina. A multi-cultural and multi-denominational organization, the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship was founded under the leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton in 1993. The event will take place during a press conference at 2:00 PM at the DoubleTree Hotel in Houston. At the Conference, Bishop Joseph Simmons will describe the role of the Full Gospel Economic Development Corporation and Bishop Morton will explain the four-point plan for distribution of the donation. Over 0,000 in relief supplies have been previously distributed to victims of Katrina through the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship.

The Pastor of Mount Tabor, a 7,000 member church, Bishop Ellis is the third presiding Bishop of Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. An internationally acclaimed speaker, he is also the author of nine books including, “The Power of the Blood” and “Living in Your Promised Land.” Bishop Ellis studied at the New York School of Theology, earning a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries.

Since inception, the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship has expanded and now has headquarters in the United States, Bahamas, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Africa, Asia, India and Japan. The Fellowship offices in New Orleans were significantly damaged and are now uninhabitable. As a result of this catastrophe and the many tragedies witnessed by hurricane evacuees from their New Orleans congregations, the Full Gospel Fellowship is taking an active role in supporting and rebuilding the lives and communities of those devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Currently the largest growing African American denominational fellowship in the world, Full Gospel seeks to be heard as the “Faith Voice of Katrina.”

The DoubleTree Hotel is located in Houston, Texas at 400 Dallas Street. For more information, call Jan Norris at 713-819-6775 or email him at jerikate40@aol.com.

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Rock Church Volunteers Bring Together San Diegans to Complete Nearly $10 Million* of Service


San Diego (PRWEB) January 22, 2010

On Saturday, January 23, 2010, Community leaders, professional athletes, and government officials will join Pastor Miles McPherson of the Rock Church in honoring over 2,500 San Diego residents for their completion of more than 600,000 hours of volunteer service in the San Diego community during 2009.

Amongst the volunteers being recognized are the “Rock Heroes.” Characterized by their outstanding dedication and sacrificial service, the Rock Heroes are nominated by and selected by the Rock pastors. The DO Something Celebration will highlight the efforts of the twelve Rock Heroes as well as the entire year of service volunteers completed by thousands of volunteers.

Rock Heroes are examples of the many volunteers at the Rock Church that are participating in the Rock’s DO Something volunteer campaign. This initiative encourages people to play an active role in the improvement of their community. The campaign has been a welcome response to the current economic crisis. The Rock surpassed its goal of 600,000 DO Something volunteer hours in 2009 with 615,956 hours, valued at .6 million*. 100,000 of the 600,000 hours were committed to work specifically targeting the City of San Diego, as identified by Mayor Jerry Sanders. This goal was completed as well, with 166,251 hours, valued at .6 million*.

Mayor Jerry Sanders shares, “I can’t thank you enough for your commitment to the San Diego community…The DO Something volunteer campaign is an outstanding way to encourage people to ‘give back’ and the City is grateful for the Rock’s committing 100,000 volunteer hours.”

The Rock Church’s DO Something campaign inspires people to make a difference in their communities by volunteering their time, talent, and treasure. Whether it’s mentoring youth, cleaning up community parks, or visiting convalescent homes, the community is feeling the impact of Rock volunteers.

In addition to honoring the volunteers and their accomplishments, Pastor Miles will reveal the Rock’s commitment for 2010. The Rock recognizes the effects of the economic crisis on San Diego and the imperative role volunteerism plays in alleviating the budget. While many are making cut-backs, the Rock will increase its volunteer commitment to the Mayor.

DO Something Celebration

WHEN:

Saturday, January 23, 2010

5:30 – 7 PM Dinner Reception

7 – 9 PM Awards Program

WHERE: Rock Church

Rosecrans and Womble

(2277 Rosecrans St., San Diego, CA 92106)

Media parking/check-in located at the west-end of the Rock Church, between the Rock and Explorer Elementary School.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

Interview opportunity with Director of Protocol for Mayor Jerry Sanders, Lisa Gordon
Interview opportunity with San Diego Padres First Baseman, Adrian Gonzalez
Interview opportunity with Rock Church Senior Pastor and author of “DO Something: Make Your Life Count” Miles McPherson
Interview opportunities with Rock volunteers (Areas include: Addiction, Business, Cancer Care, Convalescent Home, Deaf, Disabilities, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorder, Foster Youth, Gang, Homeless, Human Trafficking, Inner-City Youth Tutoring, Military, Prison, Recycling, Work/Job and more)
Visuals of thousands of local residents celebrating completion of service goal.
Special guests include San Diego Chargers players, The Godkins, and professional skater, Preston Pollard.
Median wage calculated by O*Net®

ABOUT THE ROCK

The Rock is San Diego’s largest church and the 19th largest church in the nation according to Outreach Magazine’s 2009 “100 Largest and Fastest-Growing Churches in America” survey. It was started in 2000 by Pastor Miles McPherson, a former NFL player. Over 12,000 people attend the Rock’s five Sunday services.

For more information go to www.therocksandiego.org

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