Getting Started

Getting Started

STEP 1: GETTING STARTED

Welcoming is a lifestyle. If you’re just getting started, Igniting Ministry might seem overwhelming but there is an intentional path. To help you begin this path, pay special attention to the five components (below) as they provide an easy way to remember the depth of this ministry.

Stop a minute. Pray first. Go no further until you pray with your church leaders for God’s guidance through this process.

It’s a lifestyle – not a program. Many people think Igniting Ministry is just a media effort. Although it does include media spots, it’s much more. It also offers tools and resources to support a complete church lifestyle that invites, welcomes and includes newcomers no matter the size or site of your congregation.

As a ministry within The United Methodist Church, Ignitng Ministry is uniquely designed to help local churches understand the “unchurched” — people who have not attended a local church, except for a wedding or funeral, in the past six months. Igniting Ministry is an interrelated process that links major parts of a local church’s ministry together.

Take a look at how all the pieces fit together:
(national advertising > local advertising > invitation outreach > welcoming/worship > discipling > repeat)

STEP 2: GETTING SOME HELP

The newly-updated Planning Handbook (free, click here) lays the foundation and includes basics to help sharpen your church’s hospitality skills and launch a local advertising campaign. Once the foundation is laid, Beyond 30 Seconds provides an excellent study program for small groups. The MediaWarehouse lets you preview all the TV spots and puts dozens of ads, graphics and help guides at your fingertips for free download. The MediaWarehouse offers graphics across a variety of formats useful to churches and vendors, alike.

STEP 3: STAYING CONNECTED AND UPDATED

Check this Web site often for articles on local church successes, welcoming tips, FAQs about Igniting Ministry or for email addresses to ask specific questions.
A helpful email news update is produced free monthly and you can sign up from our home page (top/left).

STEP 4: GETTING SOME TRAINING

Several training choices:

  1. First Step” training – IM-sponsored regional events based on the Planning Kit.
  2. “Second Step” training – IM-sponsored regional events based on Beyond 30 Seconds
  3. Local Training – Local trainers/local groups
  4. Individual & Group – self-study

Contact Us

Igniting Ministry
810 12th Avenue South – Nashville, TN 37203-4744 – P.O. Box 320, Nashville, TN 37202-0320
Phone: 877-281-6535 | Fax: 615-742-5777 | im@umcom.org