I was thinking about how capable the people of our church are. We have lawyers, judges, teachers, doctors, nurses, dentists, businessmen, counselors, vocational professionals, and retired professionals, etc. Additionally, all of our people have abilities too unique to be categorized. Every civic and service group in town has United Methodists participating, offering their leadership and service. In every major community fundraiser, I see United Methodists participating. Additionally, wherever there is major damage from natural or manmade disaster, you’ll see United Methodists among those who are helping. Our motto for disaster cleanup is, “We’re the first ones in and the last ones out.”
Our mission statement is, “to make disciples for the transformation of the world.” Our church is full of people who do that every day, who go out to serve, teach, heal, and render aid. We make things better and we don’t stop at religious ritualism—we put our beliefs into practice.
A vibrant church equips its members to go out and do their best work. I think we forget that goal when we become overly concerned with self maintenance, if not self preservation. I say all churches need to quit thinking of themselves and focus back on their mission, which is to make the world better and to make the kingdom of heaven remains accessible.
We come together to worship God and fortify each other with encouragement and healing. We study to know more about Christ and how to grow as disciples. We train the children to take on Christian values and help them to fully know their God. And all these things equip us to serve Jesus’ purpose, which is to help and heal all people
United Methodists. We are world changers.