By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor
All Christian churches are in the midst of a new reformation. You and I will help determine the mission and ministries of the United Methodist Church for the next generation. So what is our denomination doing to assist us? Here is what’s new.
The UMC has stopped looking for quick fixes to revitalize our churches and we’ve begun looking for persons right outside our doors that Christ has called us to reach.
Trinity and other UM churches are focusing on living in relationship with those around us and creating an intentional system of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the world’s transformation.
The Discipleship Ministry of the UMC encourages every local church to embrace the spirit of the Wesleyan tradition by being in relationship with the communities that surround our church buildings.
#SeeAllThePeople is a grass roots initiative designed to inspire a disciple-making movement across our denomination. Discipleship Ministries (www.umcdiscipleship.org) is shifting priorities to create the necessary resources, events and discipleship system that emphasizes congregations being in relationships outside our walls.
To launch the conversation about #SeeAllThePeople, a discussion video and guide are on the initiative website, http://www.seeallthepeople.org. I urge all Trinity’s members to start a conversation by using the hashtag #SeeAllThePeople and using the resources on the website with others in our congregation.
Another exciting change is that Church and Society has launched a new website focusing on working for justice and peace. The new site is http://www.umcjustice.org.
So many challenges our world and church must face together involve addressing a world filled with injustice. This new website allows United Methodists and visitors to learn about the positions the UMC has on faith, justice, and peace. There are also clear opportunities for engagement and advocacy.
Our new site includes information about educational opportunities for adults, youth and children. The UMC offers seminars and internships, information about our Social Principles and training opportunities. The Secretary of the UM Church and Society is Susan Henry-Crowe. She said the agency has switched it’s Twitter handle to @umcjustice. I encourage our Trinity family to check out this website: http://www.umjustice.org and let them know your thoughts.
There is no reason for any member of Trinity Church to be uninformed about our denomination’s focus on mission and ministries and it’s witness to the world through social justice efforts. Being informed will make us better disciples.