Why Find-A-Church is Important
SUMMARY: The Rethink Church campaign seeks to redefine the church experience as one that extends beyond our doors and seeks to transform the world. Seekers are exposed through a variety of media to the thought that there are many "doors" to enter a church life beyond just the sanctuary. They are offered opportunities to get involved all through the country and the world – but the most important opportunities are the ones in their backyard.
Advertising campaign materials are directing seekers to a website designed for the seekers, Rethink Church. Through this website, seekers will be able to see the many "doors" available for entry into church life that match their own interests and preferences.
For example, maybe a contemporary worship service is more their style than something traditional. Perhaps they have children and want a church with lots of children's activities. Or suppose would really like to get involved in some volunteer activities to help others in the community.
In order to find a church that meets their needs, the site will direct them to our Find-A-Church feature, a database of more than 35,000 United Methodist churches. Users can search the database of churches by geographic location, congregation size, language and ethnicity, programs and services, church activities and more.
That's where you come in. Your neighbors will be looking for you, but can they find you? And beyond knowing where you are, will they be able to tell what you're about and what "door" they can enter through? You can be the most welcoming church in the world, but some people may never make it to your door if they don't get a snapshot of where they can fit in.
It's easy to update your profile. Just click on the link at the bottom of your congregational profile. Please help us tell your story to your neighbors and the world.