Evangelism

The Evangelism Team welcomes and informs the community about worship services, mission activities, and fellowship events with the assistance of council and guidance from the pastor. Examples of evangelism ministries include:

  • Providing visitor hospitality
  • Sending welcome letters to newcomers in the Cayce and West Columbia area
  • Providing new member mentoring
  • Sustaining the community lunch program
  • Coordinating health screening

2018 Team Leader: Pastor Henderson
Members: Bill Hill, Linda Hill

2017 Report
It has been the stated purpose of the Evangelism Team to report its duty as the team who “welcomes and informs the community about worship services, mission activities and fellowship events with the assistance of the council and guidance from the pastor. Examples of evangelism ministries include:

  • Providing visitor hospitality
  • Sending welcome letters to newcomers in the Cayce and West Columbia area
  • Providing new member mentoring
  • Sustaining the community lunch program
  • Coordinating health screening

As is typical in a parish our size, most of these ministries are self-promoted and performed with no formal involvement of the Evangelism team. This is not a slight to the team, but an acknowledgment of the way the congregation truly operates. In 2017, Isma Boland replaced Sue Drafts over the leadership of the Community Lunch Program. Bill Hill coordinated the Health Screening with Lexington Medical Center. Linda Griffith organized another Community Shred Day including the help of the Youth. The worship team continued Healing Services quarterly. Investigation of a partnership with My Amigos Bilingual Education Centers (MABEC) was ended upon a congregational vote in November.

No progress concerning an electronic sign. Jason Powell continued faithfully and excellently as the creator and installer of our current signage.

Pastor Henderson’s maintained an active role in synodical evangelism training; however, synodical activity in these efforts are waning.

In terms of numbers, OSLC finds itself in a similar position to other churches in the US. Funerals outpace baptisms and transfers-out and nonparticipation exceed transfers-in. However, also in line with national trends, there is a number of persons active in the life of this congregation that simply do not have an interest in formal membership (which is a uniquely American Protestant and relatively new idea historically)

Submitted by Pastor Henderson, 2017 Team Leader
Members: Bill Hill, Linda Hill