Update from the Moderators of a Commission on a Way Forward- February 15, 2017
- Building trust—among some, this is the result of past experience; among others, it is simply the newness of relationship. 2. Experiences of suffering and harm—some in the group approach the work from experiences of marginalization, a call to advocate for these voices and to include them. 3. Silos—many have strong senses of identity within well-defined groups, in whom they are viewed as leaders. 4. Desire to gain turf—most of us have a desire to see our own positions grow in influence and our own power increase, even if we believe that our motives are sound. 5. Language differences—this simply reflects the need for careful communication, definition of terms, and arriving at a pace that allows for sharing and listening among all. 6. Cultural diversity—within the U.S., there are different cultures, and across the four continents represented, there is profound diversity as well. 7. Complexity of human sexuality/LGBTQ—we are moving beyond an “issue” to deeper relationships that reveal the truths that we see and speak.
- Leadership gifts—the commission includes many extraordinary leaders and their presence helps the work to progress. 2. Spiritual maturity—there is a deep bond of faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, and within this well are resources of patience and humility. 3. Common ground—many of these leaders have witnessed the strengths of the church, across the world, and have shared in the mission of our denomination. 4. Desire for unity—while the “we” of The United Methodist Church is contested, at the moment, there is a fundamental commitment to seek unity. 5. The gift of time—the Council of Bishops via the General Conference has given us the gift of time and space, to be used for reflection and discernment. 6. Spirit of collaboration—as a conciliar body, our outcomes will not be the will of any one person, but the result of work done together. 7. Larger purpose—this work can be a part of our mission, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It is not an interruption or a distraction from that work.
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.