Spirit Alive: LIVE...from Meridian, Idaho...It's Sunday Morning!

Spirit Alive is a twice a month blog that looks at different aspects of mission and ministry throughout the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and beyond.
January 9, 2018

Signs of Life:

Coming to You Live, On-line...

Meridian United Methodist Church sees itself as "the church with the warm heart." And thanks to its
weekly, on-line worship experience, you don't have to be in Idaho, let alone Meridian, in order to enjoy their warmth or be in worship with this vibrant community. All you need to do is go to http://www.meridianumc.com and you can join them for worship on any Sunday morning.In fact, for a growing on-line community, this opportunity has become a great way to participate in the life of Meridian United Methodist Church.
Think about it for a moment...what difference would it make to you if your worshiping community could be
together every Sunday even when someone was traveling to Mexico on vacation...or was home after giving birth to a new baby...or couldn't get to church due to illness or a health condition? What do you think it might mean to future guests, if they decided they wanted to "check your church out" before arriving on a Sunday morning...and they could actually do that on-line? What difference would it mean to you, if one of these situations was YOU?
Meridian UMC made a decision in 2017 to become this kind of church...and now they are receiving more and more worshiping guests to their fellowship through this means, even as they continue to grow in terms of the number of worshipers attending "in person" on a Sunday morning. In fact, they currently have over 500 in worship on a Sunday morning!
Take a look for yourself at what Meridian UMC is doing with their on-line worship experience. I think you'll be impressed by what you learn.

We live during a time in which people increasingly make connections in a variety of ways...and even form
community with each other on-line. In light of this, it's important for the church to learn how we can be a part of this growing reality as well, so that more people can come to our front door and become a part of our community of faith...even when the door doesn't look like an actual door.
Let us walk in the light of God's love,
Spirit Alive is a twice a month blog and email by Rev. Lowell Greathouse, Mission and Ministry Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference. It seeks to identify where the spirit is alive in our congregations and communities. Check out past editions, or subscribe to the email list.

Lowell Greathouse
Lowell Greathouse is the Mission and Ministry Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church. He looks for places to find where the spirit is alive and help them grow in vitality and fruitfulness. Share with him at lowell@umoi.org