ENCOUNTER – May 16, 2016

“Christ’s Mission is Our Mission” sounds good,, but to make it a reality in our congregations, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what mission means. 7 Principles of Mission have been identified, and in the next few weeks, we will explore each. The first...

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Principles of Mission – May 9, 2016

We have by now all heard the phrase, “Christ’s mission is our mission,” and if we desire to live out that goal, it will be helpful to consider the 7 Foundational Principles of Mission. 1. Mission begins with encounter – We encounter God, God’s love, and God’s mission...

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Centering Prayer – May 2, 2016

Centering Prayer is one of the most basic ways to connect with God’s divine Spirit and Presence. The following practice can be done in congregational groups. A leader guides a group process by reading these phrases slowly, with pauses between to allow spiritual...

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Incorporating “Dwelling in the Word” – April 25, 2016

Last week, we looked at ways to develop a more intentionally Spirit-led congregation. “Dwelling in the Word” (discussed in February) is a spiritual practice that can help us do that. To review, “Dwelling in the Word” can be done in this way: pre-select a scripture...

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Fall Conference Delegates

Delegates to mission center conferences are allocated following the adopted 2012 Resolution B - Delegate Policy Amendments.  The 2018 Conference Delegate Numbers are based on membership records as of 12/31/2017. Please use the online form below to submit the names of...

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Becoming Spirit-Led – April 18, 2016

This week’s “Leading Mission Tip” will consider how our congregations can become more Spirit-Led. In meetings, we have a natural tendency to focus primarily on problem solving and planning. However, if we want to live into God’s future we must allow God’s Spirit to...

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Valuing the Other – April 4, 2016

Developing active listening skills, deepening relationships, and creating a safe place for people to share their insights and feelings in a congregational setting usually requires some deliberate planning! This week’s “Leading Mission Tip” centers around group...

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March 28, 2016

As mentioned earlier, an essential step in becoming a missional congregation is to slow down and take time to be with the Divine Spirit on a regular basis. Through this intentional process, we become more open to God’s guidance, and to re-evaluating what we are doing...

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Becoming a “Missional” congregation – March 14, 2016

Leading Mission Tip -- Becoming a "Missional" congregation -- Wk. of Mar. 14 This week, let’s consider why we might need to change how we are doing “church.”* In recent years, we have been experiencing a significant shift in society where “the church” is no longer at...

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Walking the Neighborhood – March 7, 2016

This week’s Leading Mission Tip is a valuable – and fun – activity for a congregation, called “Walking the Neighborhood.” The purpose is to walk around the congregational neighborhood “to sense where God is active, enter opportunities for conversation, and offer...

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Recommendation for Ordination

CLICK HERE for a printable Recommendation for Ordination Form CLICK HERE for a Word file of the Recommendation for Ordination Form that can be edited and saved -or- complete and submit the online form below. [gravityform id="40" title="true"...

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The Mission Prayer – February 29, 2016

Continuing the “Encounter” aspect of becoming a “missional” congregation, we “encounter God’s Spirit, each other, and the surrounding community.”* The congregation is invited – both individually and in group settings/meetings “to pray daily to be led by the Spirit and...

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