This past Sunday, I had the privilege of teaching the Activate Conference at The Summit. The Activate Conference was established and the material written by staff of TMS Global. TMS Global coached us as we began our first Global Impact Celebration. One part of the Activate Conference looks at Four Shifts that Lead to Missional Transformation. As I share the shifts, ask yourself, “Have I made this shift?”
One of the purposes of our annual Global Impact Celebration is to help us keep these shifts. It is easy to be busy with our lives, even church activities, and lose focus on what should be our priority. The Global Impact Celebration is like a Mission Revival. It awakens us to what God is doing around the world and how we can join in.
I encourage you be in prayer for our Global Impact Celebration, which kicks off February 8 and continues through February 10. Make plans to be a full participant. --- Rudy
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Mid-Week Reflections from Bro. Rudy - January 16, 2019
Being a Missional Church
A few years ago, Dr. Steve Ayers, a pastor in Bowling Green, Ky. was one of the preachers at the gathering of North Alabama United Methodist preachers at Camp Sumatanga. He was asked about his church’s mission program. He responded; “We don’t have a mission program. We have a mission. It is to connect persons to Jesus Christ.”
That is the mission of every local church. Our purpose is to bear witness to Jesus. Our Vision Statement for the Shoals Wesleyan Partnership puts it this way;“Awaken more passionate Christ-Followers.” In what we call the Great Commission, Jesus said we are to “go and make followers of all people in the world.” (Matthew 28:19a; NCV)
But is that really our priority? Is it your priority? The Church is not a building. As the old songs say, “We are the Church.” Those of us who claim to be followers of Jesus are the Church. That means the Church will only be committed to the purpose of making disciples if you and I are committed to that purpose.