How exciting! Or at least that's what I said at the time when approached by our Circuit Leadership Team to engage with the churches and chapels in our UK Methodist circuit of Witney & Faringdon, to find out what mission opportunities could be uncovered through conversation and working together.
Mission is not an optional extra for a flourishing Church, but an inevitable consequence of being Church. In other words, mission is the church at work.
Transforming Mission, David Bosch (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2005), pp. 372-381
So I am starting the journey of learning more about what my brothers and sisters are already doing, what they already wish they could be doing and together coming up with ideas for how to be Christ-like to the communities in which they are based.
That latter element is really exciting and presents us all with the challenge of looking at new ways of being church. If they matter, then we may have to consider letting go of some of what we regularly do now, and that could be scary. There is security in doing the same things but we need to honestly ask ourselves if they are things that actually help bring others into a living relationship with the God who made them and loves them.
I have no idea where this will lead but that is the exciting thing about trusting in God and taking risks in love for God and one another. Find out what is going on by reading the blog. If we hold fast to the great commandment, we won't go wrong:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind'; and love your neighbour as you love yourself.
Luke 10: 27 Good News Translation
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