At the heart of our building renovation is creating a more welcoming, hospitable, and accessible place to gather—for worship, fellowship and ministry. And while our space will help to communicate how important this is to us, we are going to redouble our efforts at providing a Ministry of Hospitality that reflects our joy and enthusiasm as a congregation called to extend the love and care of Christ to all who come.
While so many enjoy the warmth and friendliness of Salem, we know that others miss this experience. We don’t want to leave this up to chance. The importance that all who come onto our campus would experience the embrace, acceptance and care of Christ cannot be overstated. Please watch for opportunities for how you can be involved.
As we have been open together for God’s dream to become a reality here at Salem, reaching out to and drawing in others has percolated up to the top of our priorities. In fact, the most dominant focus of our MAP survey was that we feel called to grow. Grow in membership; grow in worship and ministry participation. And that’s what this initiative is all about.
Evangelism—reaching out with the Good News of Christ—has always been at the heart of Christian mission. And yet, the reality is that this core calling of all of Christ’s church has too often fallen away from that which has energized our passions and energies. The bottom line reason why this is central to our future as Salem is because people are important to God…and people are important to us. It’s just about that simple.
The good news is that while there’s much to do, there’s much fruit to be had. We will be looking at everything from PR to social media to personal invitation as together we renew this ministry, draw others into the care and embrace of God’s family, and grow our church!
With a new chapter of life for us together as a church, it is also an opportunity to renew our spiritual walk. What does this mean? Simply, that we will be looking at new and creative ways to grow in our faith. Bible studies, small group ministry, and opportunities for prayer and sharing will be side by side with worship as what is core to us here at Salem.
One of the verses of our appeal hymn goes like this:
Let us build a house where prophets speak,
and words are strong and true,
where all God’s children dare to seek
to dream God’s reign anew.
That is what our spiritual renewal is all about—being a place where God’s Word and dreams stir deeply within each one of us.
Salem Lutheran Church affiliated with the E.L.C.A. Salem is a vibrant welcoming Lutheran community that, through the grace of Jesus Christ, is connected within by love and reaching out in hope to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with one another, the community and the world.
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