Want to Practice ‘Radical Hospitality’? Here’s How!

SUMMARY: Have you heard about Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Missouri Area Bishop Robert Schnase? This popular book details practices many consider critical to congregational success.

Described as keys to “health, vitality and fruitfulness,” these practices are:

  • Radical Hospitality
  • Passionate Worship
  • Intentional Faith Development
  • Risk-Taking Mission and Service
  • Extravagant Generosity

Conferences and churches have asked Igniting Ministry for ideas to implement “Radical Hospitality.”

Through the language of television, United Methodist Communications offers messages with the identity promise of “Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.” In addition to these public invitations, the ministry also encourages churches to embrace a lifestyle that welcomes all people intentionally. To create a more welcoming lifestyle in your congregation, we encourage you to participate in the September emphasis on “The Gift” television message and the United Methodist “Open House” activities.

We hope you will support this effort in these ways:

  1. Plan a special “Open House” activity during September. Igniting Ministry encourages all churches to get ready for guests and to be intentional about welcoming newcomers each September. Have a picnic or concert on the church lawn. Hold a community clean-up day and invite the neighborhood to help you. Remember to include events for teens and adults. Be creative! Look for more “Open House” ideas at IgnitingMinistry.org.
  2. Invite friends, relatives, associates and neighbors to worship and other church activities during September. The national message of “The Gift” also has many advertising, invitation and worship materials to use at your church. Explore and download these free resources at the Igniting Ministry Media Warehouse.
  3. Track the number of first-time guests that come to your church during August, September and October. Ask how they found your church, and learn which of your church’s efforts influenced their attendance at your worship service or youth group. Think of ways your church can share its gifts with these guests and encourage their involvement in community service activities with your church. Download the special “Gift” door hanger at Media Warehouse that serves as a survey of community needs.

Thanks for sharing in this ministry partnership at the national and local level of the denomination.


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