Saturday, October 17
Reconnecting Ministries Sabbath
- She’s your sister, who quit going to church after her divorce because people took sides and she felt shamed.
- He’s your work colleague, who just happened to mention in passing that he grew up Adventist, but no longer attends.
- They are your neighbors across the street, that say they are Adventists, but you don’t ever see them at church.
Inactive members aren’t faceless or nameless to us.
- They are our sons or daughters; they are our aunts or uncles; they are our friends, neighbors, colleagues; and they are our Facebook friends.
- We want to fellowship with them at church again, but how does that happen?
- And if they should honor us by coming back one day, would our church family really be ready to receive him or her well? Would we really know how to love and care for them?
On Saturday, October 17, Paul Richardson presents his “Why the People We Love Leave the Church We Love” seminar at Milton Adventist Church.
Paul has been the Reconnecting Ministries Coordinator for the
Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America for more than 21 years. Through interviews with missing members he has gained insights into ways
to reconnect with them and prepare congregations to receive inactive members effectively.
“Ministry to missing members isn’t a program. It’s a catalyzing culture change in your congregation.” —Paul Richardson