Name: Aldersgate United Methodist Church Started:
Description:
 
Address: 2313 Concord Pike Director:  
   
   
  Wilmington, DE 19802    
 
Phone: 302-479-8504 Fax: 302-478-1828
WebPage: http://www.aldersgatede.org Email:
 

Human Resources

Rev. Steve Ackerman Pastor

Internet Presence

Internet Access? none
Have A WebPage? Yes - www.aldersgatede.org

Background information

What is your congregation's religious/denominational conference or convention affiliation? 4015 - United Methodist Church
In your view, would the majority of members agree that the scripture is the literal word of god? No
What is the average number of worship/prayer services held during a week-end (excluding periods of major holidays/Lent/Ramadan/high holidays - also excluding Bible classes)? 3
What is the average number of worship/prayer services held Monday through Friday? 3

History and Property

What year was your congregation founded? 1950
How many years has the congregation been at this property? 58
Property Own Building free and clear with no mortgage
Does the congregation carry any of the following insurances?
Property Yes
Life/Pension for the clergy Yes
Liability Yes
Are there any major structural problems with any of the buildings?
Roofing No
Leakage No
Stress No
Electric No
Heating/Cooling No
Code Problems No
 
Has your building been surveyed by an architect or engineer in the past five years? No
Are there accessibility problems that inhibit participation of people with physical disabilities (Ramp, Lift/Elevator, large bathrooms, stairwell rails)? No
What is the total number of seats in the worship hall, including overflow space? 700
What outdoor space do you have? Parking Lots, playgrounds, gardens, outdoor labyrinths, cemeteries 
Is this space made available to the public? Yes -

Membership

What is the total number of people affiliated with the congregation (include maximum connected/mailing list/on the roll)? 1600
What is the number of active members (seen once a month)? 700
What is the number of non-active members (seen once a month)? 100
What is the average number of different persons (unduplicated) attending worship services during an average week? 550
During the past three years, the congregational membership has: Declined
What is the ethnic/racial makeup of your congregation?
Black 1.0%
Asian 1.0%
Caucasian 98.0%
Hispanic/Latino 0.0%
 
What percentage of your congregation are first generation immigrants? 1.0%
Do the clergy use languages beside English during worship (excluding music)? No
Do you provide services in other languages?
On a one-on-one basis No
In committee meetings No
Part of the worship No
Sermon No
All of the worship No
How would you characterize the age of your congregation's membership?
Seniors (65+) 50.0%
Adults (30-64) 30.0%
Young Adults (19-29) 5.0%
Teens (13-18) 5.0%
Children (under 12) 10.0%
 
During the past three years, the congregational membership has: Gotten younger
What is the percentage of males/females: 45.0% / 55.0%
What percentage of your congregation live:
Within a 10-block radius of the congregation building 40.0%
Live in the city but not in the immediate community (more than 10-block radius of the congregational building in Wilmington) 5.0%
Live outside city limits (in the immediate suburbs of Wilmington?New Castle County 50.0%
Live outside the region 5.0%
Has there been a change in the composition of the membership in the past 10 years? No

Financial Information

What percentage of your annual budget is desgnated for social outreach, social action, social ministry and social programs (including clergy and staff time)  

Staff

Position Full-time Paid Part-time Paid Full-time Volunteer Part-time Volunteer
Clergy 2 1 0 0
Secretary 1 0 1 0
Administrator 1 0 0 0
Janitor 2 2 0 0
Maintenance 0 0 0 2
Treasurer / Bookkeeper 0 0 0 1
Social program directors (e.g. day care) 2 0 0 0
Other (e.g. teachers, music directors) 0 2 0 1
Ushers 0 0 0 10
Board Members 0 0 0 9
 
For senior/head clergy only: on average, how many hours, per week, do you engage in community/social volunteering outside the congregations? 10
What percentage of staff time is designated for the congregation's: social outreach / social action / social ministry / social programs? 5.0%
What amount of staff time is designated for determining the need for and planning of social outreach / social action / social ministry / social programs (planning and development)? 5.0%

Relations with your immediate neighborhood

On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest) what is your perception of the quality of development in your immediate neighborhood?
  Youth Adults
Spiritual Development 5 3
Character Development 4 4
Social skills Development 5 3
Creative/artistic Development 4 4
Basic educational skill Development 6 2
 
Do you know most residents? No
Do you view being in relationship with your immediate surrounding community as a priority? Yes
Are you willing to be a part of a strategic plan to address immediate neighborhood issues? Yes
Will you be willing to expend resources...time, human capital, money, as a part of a strategic effort? Yes

Relations with the wider community

Have you done any of the following to determine the needs of those in the greater community (beyond congregational members) which might be addressed by the congregation (with the last three years)?
consulted with government agencies? No
consulted with national non-profit to enhance a cause? Yes
consulted with human service organizations? Yes
consulted with community organizations? Yes
consulted with a regional religious body/diocese/synod/judiciary? Yes
conducted a neighborhood needs assessment? No
participated in a neighborhood assessment? No
other? No
 
Is the congregation or part of the congregation a member of:
Neighborhood associations Yes - Fairfax Civic Association
Local city coalitions No
Networks of clergy Yes - Ecumenical Lenten
Interfaith groups Yes - Interfaith Resource Center
Neighborhood associations Yes - Friendship House/Neighborhood House/Urban Promise
 
What congregations do you collaborate with for purposes of worship and prayer services?
St Mary Magdelene
Mt. Lebanon UMC
Haven/ Harriet Tubman United Methodist Church
 
What congregations, faith-based organizations, and religious coalitions do you collaborate with to develop and deliver community service programs (such as Habitat for Humanity, Muslim Students' Association, Hunger Coalition, World Vision etc.)?
Neighborhood House for food; computer training scholarships
Meals on Wheels for food
 
What secular organizations or coalitions do you collaborate with to develop and deliver community service programs?
Bayard House for resources for unwed mothers
Delaware Hopice for critically ill patients
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for mentally ill
Love; Inc. for resources for needy-furniture moving
 
Do you have a plan to bring representatives of social service agencies to the congregation so that congregation members can be informed and recruited in efforts to meet social and communal needs? Yes - information fairs each year
Are you aware of congregants who work with social service agencies who have or could connect their congregation to agencies? Yes - contact lifeline (24 hr hotline); Mancus Foundation (physically challenged individuals)
 
Are there any social service or community organizations that are strongly affiliated with the congregation (members are on the agency board, some programs are held jointly, the agency often recognized in the congregation)?
 
If you are not involved with any secular organization for improving the quality of life of local residents, are you willing to do so in the near future? Yes - always looking forward to doing more. Urban Promise is an example
Are there any spin-off organizations (e.g. social/community services) initiated by the congregation that are now independent organizatinos that still may be housed in your building or may have found another location?
 
Can outside organizations/individuals use congregation space (whether they rent the space or are allowed to use it for free) to hold programs? Yes - majority; free

Urban-Suburban Collaborations in the Greater Wilmington Area

Does the congregation collaborate with other congregations, faith-based organizations or non-profit organizations in the suburbs outside the city of Wilmington? Yes
Haven/Harriet Tubman Rev. Archie
Friendship House Bill and Marcy Perkins
Neighborhood House Art Boswell
If not, are you seeking to collaborate with:
Faith-based organizations? yes
Other congregations? yes
Non-profit organizations? yes

Collaboration with Haven/Harriet Tubman

Does the collaboration have specific goals? Yes
Does it have procedures in place to measure outcomes? No
When did the collaboration begin? January 1995
How many hours per week do leaders/participants from the participating organizations meet (regarding this collaboration)? 6
How many people from your congregation are involved in the collaboration? 50
From the partnering organization? 70
What resources does each partner supply?
Resources Your congregation Suburban partner
Finances - 100%
Facilities - 100%
Expertise/Professional Skills 90% 10%
Volunteers (labor etc.) 50% 50%
Connections - -
Material Goods (e.g. Food, clothing) - 100%
Publicity 50% 50%
Transportation 50% 50%
Other - -
What is the annual budget for this collaboration?  
Where do the funds come from? budget
For how long is this collaboration likely to continue? 5+ years

Collaboration with Friendship House

Does the collaboration have specific goals? Yes
Does it have procedures in place to measure outcomes? Yes
When did the collaboration begin? January 1993
How many hours per week do leaders/participants from the participating organizations meet (regarding this collaboration)? 0
How many people from your congregation are involved in the collaboration? 5
From the partnering organization? 30
What resources does each partner supply?
Resources Your congregation Suburban partner
Finances - -
Facilities 100% -
Expertise/Professional Skills 100% -
Volunteers (labor etc.) 100% -
Connections - -
Material Goods (e.g. Food, clothing) 100% -
Publicity 50% 50%
Transportation 100% -
Other 100% -
What is the annual budget for this collaboration?  
Where do the funds come from? operational budget/plate offerings
For how long is this collaboration likely to continue? 5+ years

Collaboration with Neighborhood House

Does the collaboration have specific goals? Yes
Does it have procedures in place to measure outcomes? Yes
When did the collaboration begin? January 1978
How many hours per week do leaders/participants from the participating organizations meet (regarding this collaboration)? 2
How many people from your congregation are involved in the collaboration? 3
From the partnering organization? 15
What resources does each partner supply?
Resources Your congregation Suburban partner
Finances - 100%
Facilities - -
Expertise/Professional Skills 100% -
Volunteers (labor etc.) 100% -
Connections 100% -
Material Goods (e.g. Food, clothing) - -
Publicity - 50%
Transportation 50% -
Other 100% -
What is the annual budget for this collaboration?  
Where do the funds come from? operational budget/collection plate
For how long is this collaboration likely to continue? 5+ years

Human Capital

How many members of the congregation possess the following skills/training/occupation?
Accountants/Bookkeepers 50
Artists/Designers 10
Carpenters 3
Coaches 10
Cooks 60
Computer experts 30
Dentists 3
Dirvers 100
Engineers 50
Film making 0
Financial planners/Bankers 30
Fundraisers 0
Insurance brokers 6
Lawyers/Paralegals 12
Marketers 20
Mechanics 5
Mentors 5
Music 100
Nurses 50
Parenting 5
Physicians 3
Plumbers 0
Police officers 2
Reading specialists/Special ed. teachers 5
Small business owners 10
Social workers/Counselors 10
Teachers/tutoring 30
University professors 3
Urban planners 0
Other 0
Would your congregation be willing to participate in a more detailed assessment of their skills, interests, and availability at a later date? yes

Inventory of Involvement in Social Programs

Code Meaning
1 Upon Request or when needed
2 Formal program run on the congregation's property
3 A program run by the congregation elsewhere
4 A program run by someone else on the congregation's property
5 Support for program carried out elsewhere (coalitions, etc.)
6 Support for programs carried out elsewhere by denomination
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Counseling/Programs for families
Programs for seniors
Programs for children and youth
Homeless and poor people services
Other programs serving people in need
Health programs
Educational opportunities (Adults)
Art and culture
Community security
Community organizing + Providing meeting space
Community economic development
Social issues
Permanent housing projects for needy people
Summary

Counseling/Programs for families:

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Couple counseling -
Marriage encounter (retreats) -
Family counseling -
Pre-marriage counseling -
Spouse abuse/domestic violence program -
Single parents programs -
Divorced parents programs -
Programs for widows/widowers -
Parenting skills -
Abortion/pro-life counseling -
Child abuse -
Teen pregnancy -
Interfenerational programs -
Grandparents programs 4
Suicide prevention 4
Crisis hotline 4
Consumer counseling -
Legal assistance -
Financial counseling -
Loss of child -- support groups -
MADD -
Loss of spouse -- support groups -
Other

Programs for seniors:

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Day care (older persons) -
Communal (on site) meals -
Meals on wheels 3
recreational programs -
Visitation -- buddy programs -
Organized tours -
Financial planning -
Foster grandparents -
Transportation -
Health care (physical and mental) -
Exercise 4
Other

Programs children and youth:

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Day care (preschool) 2
Nursery school -
Head Start -
School 0
- Elementary -
- Middle School -
- High School -
Big Brother/Big Sister/Men to Boys -
Mother's morning out/Mohters of pre-schoolers -
Summer day camp 3
Before school care -
After school care (Recreational) -
Foster care 2
Kinship care -
Mentoring/Rites of Passage programs -
Safe corridor program -
Tutoring -
Latch eky/After school homework program -
Cubs/Boy Scouts/Brownies//Girl Scouts/other -
Recreational programs for children -
Recreational programs for teens -
Summer programs for teens -
Computer clubs/training 3
Scholarship for students -
Adopt-a-school program -
Programs for gang members -
Gang recruitment prevention -
Runaways -
Programs for youth offenders -
Other

Homeless and poor people services:

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Shelter for men 3
Shelter for women/children 3
Day mission/programs 3
Transitional living program 3
Clothing closets 3
Food pantries 3
Soup kitchen 3
Health care for the homeless -
Mental health care -
Adopting welfare family/individual -
Financial assistance 3
Vocational training 3
Job placement 3
Legal assistance -
Street outreach to homeless -
Other

Other programs serving people in need:

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Programs for seasonal workers -
Programs for refugees (in community) -
Refugee resettlement -
Programs for immigrants -
International relief -
Half-way houses for persons released from prison -
Prison ministry 3
Helping ex-prisoners reentry into community -
Prisoner's family -
Iraq/Afghan War Veterans -
Disaster Relief 5
Other

Health programs:

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Parish/regional health program -
Hospice 5
Visiting the sick/homebound 3
Respite care -
Serving people with developmental disabilities 4
Serving people with physical disabilities 4
Mental health drop-in -
Health screening 4
Health education 4
Dental clinic -
Medical clinic -
Wellness program (for babies) -
Wellness program (for adults) -
Drug & alcohol prevention -
HIV/AIDS programs -
Diet workshops/programs -
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) -
NA (Narcotics Anonymous) -
SLAA (Sex and Love Addiction Anonymous) -
OA (Overeaters Anonymous) 4
ALANON (Relatives of people with addictions) -
Alateen (Children of people with addictions) -
GA (Gamblers Anonymous) -
Nutrition programs -
Maternity program -
Sex education -
Somking cessation program -
Blood drives 0
Organ donation -
Immunization -
Hospital visitation 3
Alzheimer education and support -
Cancer education and support -
Sickle Cell Anemia education and support -
Health insurance programs -
Other

Educational opportunities (Adults):

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Scholarships for students in need 2
Adult literacy program 4
GED (High school equivalency) -
Computer training -
Tutoring for adults -
Vocational training -
Functional English (ESL) 4
Translation services -
Other

Art and culture:

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Art exhibits -
Art classes (all ages) -
Music classes -
Community theater -
Music performances 4
Artistic dance classes -
Lecture series 4
Film series -
Architectural and historical tours -
Neighborhood tours -
Artist-in-residence -
Poetry readings -
Book clubs -
Choral groups 4
Radio/TV Programs 3
Other

Community security:

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Congregational (or support for) crime watch -
Prevention of police brutality -
Community policing -
Police clergy -
Space for police/community meetings -
Apartment security -
Providing security for the property that serves the community -
Other

Community organizing + Providing meeting space for other congregations:

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Neighborhood associations 4
Protests -
Boycotts -
Inter-racial collaboration 3
Inter-faith/Interdenominational collaboration 4
Suburban-city collaboration 3
Neighborhood cleanup -
Community bazaars/fairs 2
Historic preservation -
Thrift shop (99)
Sports activities 2
Holiday celebrations 2
Local charity and civic groups (Rotary, Lions, Eastern Star) 4
Tree planting -
Midnight basketball -
Family reunions or similar events -
Other

Community economic development:

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Co-Ops (such as food, babysitting, health) -
Heighborhood credit union -
Job training -
Job counseling & placement -
Recruitment of new business/industry into the community -
Commercial ventures (retail business, etc.) -
Entrepreneurial training/small business incubation -
Investment clubs -
Civic beautification/improvement -
Other

Social issues:

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Civil rights -
Social justice 2
Racism/Race reconciliation 3
Affirmative action 1
Inter-faith relations 1
Pro-choice/pro-life advocacy -
Gay/lesbian issues -
Women's issues 3
Family values 1
Peace 1
Poverty/welfare rights/advocacy 4
Voter registration 4
Environmental action -
ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) -
AMI (Alliance for the Menally Ill) 5
National Firearm Association/Hand gun registry -
School Choice/school vouchers -
Organizing against drug trafficking -
Universal Health Care -
Other

Permanent housing projects for needy people:

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New building initiatives -
Housing rehabilitation -
Homeowner/tenant repairs -
Habitat for Humanity 5
Collaboration w/housing corporations (CDC etc.) -
Collaboration w/groups to provide housing -
Zoning apppeals -
Loans for housing -
Advocacy for housing -
Other

Summary:

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What is the focus of your outreach ministry/social action/social projects? To seek out local community organizations that need financial assistance
Are there other social services that your congregations provided in the past that it is not providing at this time? caregivers support group
Are there any social services that your congregation plans to provide in the next 12 months? family promise (house homeless families)
Is your congregation actively involved in religious activities to share your faith tradition and/or beliefs with people in the wider community? yes
Do you refer people that participate in these religious activities to your social service programs? yes

Select a program below or from the menu at left

Program Name Program Type Program Description
Aldersgate Pre-School 301 provide safe sanctuart for pre-k
Contact Sharon Jennelly: (302) 478-8504
Commission on Social Justice The commission focuses on advocacy, awareness, education, and action. This is done by providing opportunities for the leadership, congregation, adn community to understand the need for social justice
 
Stephen Ministry 100 members provide one-to-one spiritual care for individuals experiencing life challenges (grief, hospitalization, terminal illness, divorce, job loss, relocation, or loneliness)
Contact Carol Morell: (302) 478-2575
Merrimakers Clown Ministry 802 an inter-denominational Bible-based spirit-led troupe that performs at area hospitals, nursing communities, and schools
Contact Jan Kerr: (610) 485-7546
Congregational Care Teams 500 small groups that offer care to those from the church or community. Includes: bereavement couseling, card making, preparing meals, providing transportation, friendly visitors, memorial receptions, and other services
Contact Karen Moore:
Outreach Ministry 1115 Members of the congregation travel to places devestated by natural disasters and help to rebuild building and houses
Contact Henry Daum:
Parish Nurse Ministry registered nurse who provides mental, spiritual, and physical health services. Visits home-bound members, nursing homes or hospitals. Assists with transportation. Provides counseling and prayer support