Getting Started

1. Understanding the Opportunity Gap

 

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2. Understanding My Calling

  • Pray
    God of the Ages, God of this neighborhood, God of me, you’ve opened my eyes and my heart to this tremendous need.
    • What do you want me to do? Speak your servant is listening….
    • How do you want me to do it? Speak your servant is listening…
    • When do you want me to do it? Speak your servant is listening…
  • Questions for reflection
    • Am I called to narrow the opportunity gap as an individual, by joining an existing team/program, or by starting a team?
    • What are my strengths, gifts, skills, and resources?
    • Do I have an existing relationship
      • with a local school?
      • with a current school teacher, administrator, and/or guidance counselor?
      • with someone already involved in helping children in need?
      • with a specific children in need?

 

3. Understanding My Congregation

  • Does my congregation have an existing relationship
    • with a local school?
    • with a current school teacher, administrator, and/or guidance counselor?
    • with specific children in need?
      • Are there any persons/groups in my congregation already working on issues with children and/or poverty?
      • What are the strengths, gifts, and resources of my congregation?
      • How might a church/school partnership fulfill the mission and vision of our congregation?

 

4. Understanding My Local Schools

  • What schools are closest to my home and/or congregation?
  • Who could I speak with to discover
    • The strengths and needs of these schools and the children attending them
    • The partners and programs already in place at these schools

Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011