From time to time, I’ll post surveys for the people of Richfield United Methodist Church so I can learn from you. Our current survey is…

Stories and Dreams of the Church

Thank you for taking a moment to share about some of your favorite stories from your experience with the church, as well as some dreams for where God may be leading this church next. Your story may become a great sermon illustration, an example in a stewardship letter, or other shared way to help spread the word that God is doing amazing things through this church! – Pastor Nate

Fields with an * are required, thank you. This survey is available through October 1, 2019.

Radical hospitality is "the active desire to invite, welcome, receive, and care for those who are strangers so that they find a spiritual home and discover for themselves the unending richness of life in Christ." (Bishop Schnase, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations) What stories do you have about a time the church offered you radical hospitality? When was a time you offered someone else radical hospitality through the church? When was a time this church offered radical hospitality to someone in the neighborhood?
Extravagant generosity is when "people give generously to the church do so because they genuinely desire to make a positive difference for the purposes of Christ and because they want to align their lives with higher purposes. They give in response to the Spirit's urging and feel a soul-sustaining satisfaction in the sense of meaning and connection that comes with generosity. They give because they love God, love the church, and desire to grow in love of neighbor." (Bishop Schnase, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations) When have you witnessed this church practice extravagant generosity? When has this church offered you extravagant generosity? Who in our neighborhood has received extravagant generosity?
"Of all the virtues, 'hope' is one of the most-needed in our time. When people ask me how I stay hopeful in an era of widespread darkness, I answer simply: 'Hope keeps me alive and creatively engaged with the world.'" (Parker Palmer) What is a story of this church giving, having, or receiving hope? When have you been a recipient of hope through your faith and this church? How has this church brought healing to the world?
"The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30 percent of their ice cream." (Bill Murray) Maybe don't do that! But funny matters! What's a church story you have that's funny?
"Summertime is for dreams and the audacity of their dreamers." (Waltrina N. Middleton) Share your dreams for the future of this church. What do you hope God is doing? Where might we go next? What are the dreams that make you both nervous and excited at the same time because, even if they take hard work and it's not the easy road, the payoff could be simply amazing? No dream is too big for this final section, friends!