During the 2016 Annual Conference session, delegates set a goal of increasing average worship attendance by 10 percent by 2018. The 2017 Annual Conference session is being intentionally designed to help the South Georgia Annual Conference meet that goal, and when it gathers at the Jekyll Island Convention Center June 4-7, Dr. Lovett H. Weems, co-author of the book “OVERFLOW: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit,” will teach three sessions that will provide practical steps for planning, implementing, and evaluating worship that can produce greater fruitfulness.
To fully prepare for the 2017 Annual Conference session; engage in Dr. Weems’ teaching; and be a more alive, fruitful conference, Bishop Lawson Bryan is encouraging all South Georgia United Methodists to read “OVERFLOW: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit.”
“I was drawn to ‘Overflow’ because I knew that Dr. Weems has done a lot of work in helping congregations increase their attendance and I know the book is focused on practical steps congregations can take,” Bishop Bryan said. “It’s not a book about theories, it’s a book about how to do it. The practicality of it attracted me.”
With eight short, impactful chapters devoted to such topics as “Why Worship Matters,” “Pay Attention to Those You Seek to Reach,” and “If Churches Can Change, They Can Grow,” “Overflow” offers Biblical and theological insight for worship planning plus several practical suggestions to increase worship attendance in churches of all sizes.
Any church of any size will find relevant, helpful information that can be useful in their context, Bishop Bryan said of the book.
“When delegates come to Annual Conference … if they have already read the book, they won’t be hearing Dr. Weems’ information for the first time. What he is saying will deepen within them and they will hear and understand better how to use it in their local church.”
He said it’s especially important for those not attending Annual Conference to read the book and watch the business sessions and worship services via live stream.
“The more people in the local church read the book, the more they can talk to each other about how to do it. They’ll be on the same page and have a clear game plan.”
To further prepare for Annual Conference and continue growing in the skills needed for fruitfulness and vitality, Bishop Bryan encourages pastors and laity to gather together in small groups and work through nine applications he prepared to guide the study of “OVERFLOW.” They can be found online at www.sgaumc.org/overflow.