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.
It is amazing what God can do with a person willing to offer their ability or disability, their youth and vigor or their advancing age and declining energy. One of the most beautiful and diverse ministries I’ve ever known rose up out of a Disciple Bible Study in a mill town that had seen its industries flee. See what God did through a handful of willing people.
What do you have in common with the people in your neighborhood that would open the door to getting acquainted. Mission Bell UMC in Glendale is trying new things.
Rev. Brian Boettcher set up his out-of-the-castle office at the local coffee shop. Very soon the longing for a better world began to change the way the staff and customers experienced their morning coffee. It’s not surprising
they were soon investing together in a better world.
You and I are the church. Jesus called the church, that is you and me, to make disciples. Francis Chan challenges us to see the way we do church has a lot to do with avoiding making disciples.
For decades when people moved around the country they were told, “To make friends, find a church.” That worked well for a long time. I would guess that even in the last ten years that when some people moved one of the first things they did was to look online to find a church that sounded interesting to them.
Sign up today for two important training opportunities in the West District for laity and clergy. Beyond Basics to Best Practices – Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Aldersgate UMC, Phoenix; and Leadership Training Event – Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Dove of the Desert UMC, Glendale.
There are two important opportunities for training in 2017 for the West District laity and clergy. Beyond Basics to Best Practices – Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Aldersgate UMC, Phoenix; and Leadership Training Event – Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Dove of the Desert UMC, Glendale.