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

2017 Team Leader: Pastor Henderson
Members: Linda Griffith, Bill Hill, Linda Hill

2016 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 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 acknowledgement of the way the congregation truly operates.  In 2016, the Community Lunch continued thanks to its volunteers, needs for Northside Middle School’s hygiene cabinet and Saluda River Academy’s Snacks in Packs program were met.  Bill Hill co-ordinated the Health Screening with Lexington Medical Center.  The Elderberries hosted another Community Shred Day and the Razberries provided refreshments to benefit God’s Helping Hands.   The worship team began Healing Services quarterly and hosted a Blessing of the Animals at Riverside Park.  At the year’s end, partnering in ministry with My Amigos Bilingual Education Centers (MABEC) to be have a pre-school on-site was being investigated.

Separately the investigation for the erection of an electronic sign was also begun.  It was reported that over 27,000 cars a day pass by our property and yet awareness in the community about this church are its ministries remains low.   We currently do not have a united physical presence on 378 as our building does not face it and has significant set back from this major thoroughfare.

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).

In 2017, the ministries will be ongoing that have the volunteers and energy to fulfill them.    Continued investigation of a sign should be pursued.  Education regarding the trends in evangelism is to be continued.  Partnership with MABEC should be a priority.

Submitted by Pastor Henderson, 2016 Team Leader
Members: Bill Hill, Linda Hill