Praying Our Way Forward- February 24


God of Hope, We acknowledge that when we think of the future of The United Methodist Church, we too often despair. We despair because we do not see a way forward that keeps us near our brothers and sisters. We despair because we see division instead of unity. We have lost our ability to read your Scriptures and come to a common understanding of how it is that we are to live and witness in response to Your sacrificial love. We sense that we are adrift on raft that is being torn in two by the wind and current of this world; instead of being held together by the bindings of your Holy Spirit. We come together to pray for our beloved United Methodist Church and the Bishop’s Commission on a Way Forward. We pray that the commission finds unity in the presence of your Holy Spirit. We pray they discover The Way Forward that puts United Methodism back on the path you have charted for us. For we desire that our church is once again the strong life boat that invites all people to find salvation in you through the witness of your people called Methodist. Lord in this season turn our despair into hope! Amen.

Burt Williams

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment







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