I was honored to represent my church at the Leadership Summit held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection last week, September 25-27. We were challenged in many ways to imagine our church of the future. Most importantly I was given hope that our church will survive but will likely look much different than it does now. Several points I brought home follow.
In order to make change, you first must tear the system down before it can be rebuilt. We have a system that is no longer effective in this time. We need to build a new system that works today.
Even if we do not agree on a subject, we can still love one another and treat each other with respect and dignity.
We will build a church that is exciting, relevant, compassionate, inclusive, and based in God’s love.
Too many congregations have not yet had this conversation. Now is the time to speak out.
The UMC of the future will not happen overnight. Not even by 2020 and far beyond. Be patient, compassionate, educated, and involved in the conversation.
Remember prayer, especially asking God daily to put you to work for His purpose.