When 110 people made the sanctuary feel comfortably full, consistently having 135 prompted the Level Creek United Methodist Church to call Connectional Ministries to guide them through a Re-Visioning Process.
In two visioning sessions with Connectional Ministries, Level Creek leadership was able to determine not only where they were, but also where God was leading the church. Together they brainstormed ideas about how to improve hospitality, increase ministry to people outside the church, and focus on doing ministry with excellence. Then Connectional Ministries helped them figure out what concrete steps it would take to get there.
To make God’s vision for Level Creek a reality, it required them to make some difficult decisions. For instance, to accommodate the growth, they had to move from one worship service at 10 a.m. to two worship services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Level Creek hired a new director of music and a nursery coordinator, and also added technology to their sanctuary. It wasn’t easy, but they realized that in order to get to where God wanted them to go they had to honor God with excellence.
The church moved the pastor¹s office to make room for convenient nursery and children¹s rooms next to the sanctuary. One member looked at the church and said to himself, our welcome mat makes a terrible first impression. He bought a brand new welcome mat with the name of the church and the United Methodist Cross and Flame on it. Paying attention to the smallest details made quite a difference! Just two weeks ago the chancel was full of backpacks, 86 in all, filled with school supplies for the North Gwinnett Co-op as they seek ways to be in ministry outside the church.
In the 10 months since that first visioning session, Level Creek has
thrived. Average worship attendance has doubled, children’s ministry has outgrown its new facilities, and they have welcomed 55 people into
“It’s been an amazing transformation and although we are still far from reaching the destination that God has mapped out for us, thanks to help from Connectional Ministries, we’re well on our way.” said pastor Jeremy Lawson who began his second year in ministry at Level Creek in June.
This article recently ran in the North Georgia Advocate, the official print source of the North Georgia United Methodist Conference. For more information about the North Georgia Advocate, or to subscribe, please visit www.ngumc.org/advocate or call 678.533.1376.