How might we (the church) need to become NEW in order to reach NEW people? And we expect to keep on doing the looking the same as we did 25, 30, 50 years ago and expect to reach new people?
Late on a mid-June evening, the Dayspring United Methodist Church Refugee Focus team waited excitedly at the airport to welcome the Al Naeem family to Arizona. After their long journey that began in Syria years before, Ali and Maisoun, along with their children Ihsan (4), Naseem (13), Mohammad (16) and Waseem (18) walked off the plane looking exhausted and nervous, but happy to be done traveling.
I’ve been thinking aout the Church…your church. Why are we here, and what is our reason for existence? We all know that we are called to ministry in the local church, but do you know why you are called?
Almost every church is serving a community experiencing some kind of transition. Sometimes it is a changing economic base. Other times, the community is changing ethnically. Or perhaps people just seem to be moving away never to return. But as long as people live nearby, prayer and presence open us up to the possibilities only God can make happen.
Arizona Korean UMF
Community UMC of Caliente
Mailing address: P.O. Box 135, Duncan, AZ 85534-0135
El Mesias UMC
Mailing address: P.O. Box 307, Nogales, AZ 85628-0307
First Tongan UMF
First UMC of Bisbee
Mailing address: P.O. Box 910, Bisbee, AZ 85603-0910
First UMC of Eloy
First UMC of Winslow
Fort Yuma UMC
Mailing address: P.O. Box 844, Yuma, AZ 85366-8844
Mailing address: P.O. Box 276, Holbrook, AZ 86025-0276
Mailing address: P.O. Box 4828, Huachuca City, AZ 85616-0828
Korean UMC of Las Vegas
Menlo Park UMC
Patagonia Community UMC
Phoenix Native American Fellowship
Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida
San Simon UMC
Mailing address: P.O. Box 304, San Simon, AZ 85632
Shepherd of the Pines UMC
St. John's UMC of Tucson
St. Paul's UMC of Globe
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1309, Mesa, AZ 85211-6160
Trinity UMC of Phoenix
Mailing address: PO BOX 8, Youngtown, AZ 85363-0008