SUPPORT AND TRAINING
The Project Reconnect team has found from the outset that support and training are essential in gaining the greatest benefit from Project Reconnect. Without some time spent getting to know the practicalities, the resources just become a replacement for a minister. Simply using the Project Reconnect DVD as a minister replacement typically reinforces the sense of grief and loss from perceived “good old days".
The goal of Project Reconnect is a complete renewal and vitalisation of every participating congregation. This is achieved not by the use of the DVD but by the intentional development of goals and values within the worship and life of the church.
At the beginning the increase in support was through creating training sessions for each congregation. This was usually immediately after normal worship. We spread all sorts of nice food around to help people have an enjoyable learning experience. We explored the structure of worship. This was important because it would not be long before they were organising worship and they would need to understand how to put the church service together in a way that would flow. It was like a switch had been turned on. People made comments like, "We have been doing church this way for all these years and never knew why! It makes so much sense” “I can see for myself how it works and what I have been doing all this time!" It was indeed exciting for the trainers to watch people enter into this discovery process.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of Project Reconnect, Charles Pope can be contacted on the following:
Phone: 02 4933 3312
Charles is available to advise and assist congregations who are considering using Project Reconnect.