Pfeiffer University News
Village Church of Pfeiffer makes conference “Top Ten” list
- Published on Thursday, June 17, 2010 ( 1:42 pm )
Western N.C. Conference of the UMC recognizes campus church for increased growth in worship attendance
Of the more than 1,100 congregations within the Western N.C Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) that have an average worship attendance of 125-249, the Village Church of Pfeiffer University was recognized for achieving a 33.5 percent increase in worship attendance for 2009. Worship attendance increased from 200 to 267. This accomplishment has put the Village Church on the celebrated “Top Ten” list among churches within the conference.
The people of the Western N.C. Conference of the UMC have a mission: “Follow Jesus, Make Disciples, Transform the World.” This mantra has led to the reconstruction of the conference to offer more focused leadership and specific goals. Churches are growing and sharing their ideas to help ministry work more efficiently and bring more people to Christ, according to a recent conference correspondence. The Top Ten list was created as a way to celebrate those important initiatives.
The different categories honored on the “Top Ten” list were:
• Largest Percentage of Baptisms, Confirmations, and Membership
• Highest Professions of Faith
• Greatest Growth in Membership
• Greatest Growth in Membership and Worship Attendance
“The Village Church at Pfeiffer University is in its third year of ministry, as a constituted congregation. It emerged out of a desire to rethink both church and church-related university,” said Rev. Dana McKim, pastor of the Village Church and minister to the university. “The Village Church is moving beyond the concept of chapel and campus ministry and taking a first-of-its kind initiative to create a cohesive worshipping community at the heart of the university led by students, staff and faculty. Just as the concept of Servant Leadership drives the university, mission and outreach are the heart of life in the Village Church.
McKim said the church strives to develop meaningful relationships with the students and offer hands on mission opportunities, McKim said. Mission trips during spring break to Guatemala and last month to Cuba are recent examples. Last fall, The Village Church also established a series called “Sunday Night Alive!” to offer middle and high school youth groups opportunities to attend praise and worship festivities that include concerts and presentations by popular artists and individuals who appeal to a growing community of young worshippers. These events are made possible, in part, by a three-year grant to the Village Church from the Duke Endowment to support a multifaceted cooperative youth programming initiative in Stanly County.
“Young adults have no interest in endless meetings and structures, instead they are seeking meaningful relationships and hands-on mission opportunities,” McKim continued. “Accountable discipleship, peer chaplaincy, local and foreign mission teams and cooperative experiences with other congregations are the things that have driven our growth in worship attendance. We are truly blessed that our community has chose to become involved.”
Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.