Sunday School 9:00 AM
Social Time 10:00
Traditional Worship 10:30
Contemporary Worship 4:30
For surely I know the plans I have for you, the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to
give you a future with hope." Jeremiah 29:11
Recently I met with the Director of Connectional Ministry, Rev. Dr. Vicki-Gordy Stith, along with
the director of Congregational Development and Strengthening the Black Church, Rev. Lester Justice of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. During our meeting I received some vital
information about the community surrounding the church. As they shared what their reports highlighted, I was amazed. God had already revealed the same thing to me when I prayed and fasted.
In addition, I watched a video titled, "Church Life Cycles" by Art Wiers. Mr. Wiers explained the
life cycles of churches by using a chart similar to the one below,
The extensive research by a consultant company of 1,000 churches is the basis for the life cycle model.
Mr. Wiers' chart sights 4 important components of each cycle: Vision, Relationships, Programs,
and Management. He stated, "When a church is in decline you don't need more programs. You need more clarity around a new, clear and compelling vision to pull out of decline. This must be
backed by leaders in congregations."
When a church reaches the adulthood/maturity level, Mr. Weir says it should revisit its vision. In
other words, when a church is thriving and the membership is at its peak, a church needs to revisit the vision. A dying church never recovers its' vision per Mr. Wier. This statement is true if
we are depending upon our own wisdom and strength. But when we go to God and yield to God's plan; not our own, what is perceived as dying will spring forth new life.
In Isaiah 43:19 when the people of Israel were in need of restoration God said, "I am about to
do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? God wants to do a "new thing" at Richardson Park UMC. Do we perceive it?
Over the next few months, I will be sharing info and scheduling meetings so that we can live and
not die to proclaim what the Lord has done and is doing. (Psalm 118:17) Change is not easy, but change is necessary. Fear not, for God is with us!