Witnesses to Jesus Christ in the world re-present God’s love and forgiveness in ways that are good news to people who do not know Christ. They invite people into God’s reign to experience forgiveness, love, and joy and to new lives as citizens of God’s kingdom.
Those who claim the name “Christian” are called by their Lord to be his representatives in the world. Christ calls us to renounce, reject, and repent of the sin of racism in all its forms. Christ calls the baptized to serve as representatives of his love and justice for the world, even those who hate and reject us.
I think most people come to the church as tourists. They hope to see or experience something out of the ordinary. How do congregations today invite, welcome, and form “tourists” into pilgrims on mission with Christ in the world he loves?
Class leaders were lay women and men who served as role models, mentors, and discipleship coaches for the people called “Methodists” in their pursuit of holiness of heart and life.
Re-traditioning the class meeting and class leaders is a first step toward missional faithfulness and true Wesleyan identity for The United Methodist Church. It will equip the congregation in keeping its promise to “do all in your power to increase their faith, confirm their hope, and perfect them in love” when persons are baptized, confirmed, or received into membership in the church.
“Missional” is one of the buzzwords used in the church these days. Type it into your word processor and you will see one of those wavy red lines under the word, indicating that it is either misspelled or not recognized. Missional is like a proper name, such as “Manskar.” It is a word that like a label for a family. While each member of the family is unique, they are also known by a common name that denotes certain traits.
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“I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. […]
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