With Black History Month, the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment and Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, we are reminded that "With God all things are possible."
Christ’s joyful challenge of disciple-making causes my heart to ache. What pains me all too often is a familiar realization in numerous Methodist circles, our converts are few. Surely, I am not bereft of the skills, commitment and/or vision of Mr. Wesley, John the Baptist and Lydia who started a house church in Acts 16.
Bishop Palmer announces the theme and speaker for the 2011 Annual Conference.
I want to assure you that I haven’t the slightest interest in our becoming more conscientious about the evangelistic task because we are motivated by the getting more members to help pay the bills. That is frankly unworthy of the gospel and of us. We bear witness in all that we do to the transforming power of Jesus Christ because we are in love with Jesus and want to others to fall in love with him too. We are called to bear witness to the power of the Risen Christ because we love the world that God loves.
We are rife with opportunities that offer equipping for the ministry of evangelization and making disciples of Jesus Christ. We have a growing menu of offerings that takes the task seriously, honors different learning styles, and is not one size fits all.
The key is that any person or congregation that is a part of IGRC that earnestly seeks to grow forward the capacity to be an authentic witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has serious, credible options to grow in this way available.