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Family-Friendly NYE Celebration - Sioux Falls, SD

Let’s first fly over to Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, SD, where the parish hosted a family-friendly New Year’s Eve on December 31st, 2023. More than 1,000 people attended the outreach event – with over 25 percent from outside the parish.

The party consisted of food trucks, bonfires, s’mores, dancing, bingo, kid’s activities, and more, and was capped off with a ball drop and fireworks. One first-time guest was especially effusive in her praise:

“My husband and I went to the event tonight and we were in awe of how welcoming everyone was. We were looking for something new and refreshing, and we found it. Thank you.

The parish’s pastor was so enthused that he resolved to make the event an annual occurrence.  

Four New Church Partners Launch With Hampton University Project - Hampton, VA

Flying across the continent to the Tidewater Area of Virginia, four new Black church partners just launched their attendee surveys during Sunday worship. Those church partners include Ivy Baptist Church, Providence Baptist, The Mount Peninsula Church, and Sixth Mount Zion. All four are part of the multi-year pilot project being jointly executed by Communio and Hampton University, one of the nation’s leading historically Black universities.

To provide some added context, when Communio supports a church, it takes their leadership through an iterative four-step process of Analyze, Plan, Implement and Review. The survey, deployed through Communio’s proprietary software, is firmly part of the Analyze phase.   

In the next two weeks, the Center’s church strategist, supported by Communio, will take their churches through the Plan phase where they’ll set measurable relationship and marital health goals and create a written plan to achieve them. Will have much more to share on our findings with Hampton University in the months ahead.

Christmas Outreach In the Desert - Glendale, AZ

On the other side of the country, our partner Mountain Ridge Baptist Church just hosted their first Christmas outreach since the pandemic. Their team had previously shared with me that they have taken on the vision laid out in Endgame: The Church’s Strategic Move to Save Faith and Family in America.

Now, any time Communio supports a church, our church strategist works with them to develop a task force to divide the labor necessary to implement the Full-Circle Relationship Ministry® model. Mountain Ridge’s task force took the lead to empower small groups to execute this gathering.

One of their pastors shared that they had approximately 750 people on the campus that evening and at least half of them were first-time guests.  

They said they were “overjoyed” at the number of young families that came. To top off the experience, church members dressed as all sorts of Christmas characters and provided guests a postcard with Christmas Eve service times, the upcoming relationship-skills series in the Spring and a schedule of upcoming marriage and family ministry activities.

Communio’s Full-Circle Relationship Ministry® Model in Action - Washington, D.C.

Back on the East Coast in the suburbs outside of Washington DC, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is participating in their first Growth Journey. They’ve already had their successful Outreach Event (with 839 in attendance, which included 299 first-time guests) and a series of date night events for couples. 

This month, they have 29 couples going through the Alpha Marriage Course – a seven session, skills-based curriculum being packaged into a series of romantic dinners for two in the parish hall. In late April, they’re hosting Adventures in Marriage, which research shows is the skills-program that has the most positive and longest lasting dosage effect of any program that has been studied. 

Wave Of Momentum in Big Sky - Missoula, MT

Way out in Big Sky Country, Communio is supporting an astounding 37 churches across Montana. One of those churches is guided by Pastor Randy Rathert from Elevate Church in Missoula, who emailed one of our strategists about how he and his congregation have integrated the life-changing impact of Communio into their church community. His email was so encouraging that I’ll share much of it here:

Our church was introduced to Communio in the spring of 2023.  Our board and I were a bit skeptical at first because I have been pastoring for over 20 years and have seen ministries over the years that have tried to be the savior for the local church and its growth. 

With Communio it has been very different in the fact that they did not come in and just give us some bullet points, but they gave us tools and the means necessary to influence growth.

These tools were not just about getting more people in the seats but building relationships within the church and within our community. Communio now has effectively helped us pull off two major outreach events, an eight-week marriage series, and ignited the passion for small groups.

The outreach events have been effective in drawing people from the community and strengthening relationships within our church. One lady that came to one of our outreach events said she had been away from the church community for 8 years.  Since that day, she has not only been an active member of our church but has built strong relationships and has found a church home once again.