In the UMC, we have Path One to develop new congregations. What about Path Two to strengthen existing churches? As a Congregational Developer who focuses primarily on supporting vitality of already existing congregations, I believe that this proposal from Rev. Dr. Phil Schroeder, Director of Congregational Development of the North Georgia Conference, is well worth considering. My experience says that existing congregations receive a new hope for the future when the Annual Conference partners to help. Here is the substitute motion:
May 16, 2016
I will be at Luverne UMC this weekend for a Barnabas Visit. We have a great team put together and hope to help Luverne UMC discern where God is leading them next.
|Date:||Friday, May 13, 2016—Sunday, May 15, 2016|
|Sponsor:||Luverne United Methodist Church|
As I have visited with churches across our annual conference, I have heard a theme arise from our leaders that they would like more training. With a new year beginning, many of our church members will be stepping into leadership roles that are new to them. These faithful members are answering a call to serve God, and vital congregations will ensure that they have the support and leadership training they need to fulfill their responsibilities. Thankfully, there are several great leadership training resources available to help new leaders become acquainted with their new roles:
I have to admit that I often skim and flip through the 17th chapter of Isaiah because it is part of a long and often repetitive list of judgment oracles that spans several chapters. In my reading today, however, I paused on this passage for some reflective thinking about why we do the work that we do.