FOUNDATION OF THE CALL TO ACTION TO THE CONSTITUENCY OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The recent general conference of The United Methodist Church held at Tampa, Florida, USA, called on its constituency to:
1. GROW VITAL CONGREGATIONS that will make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world;
2. DEMONSTRATE COURAGEOUS TURNAROUND LEADERSHIP that leads the church toward deep Holy Spirit change;
3. TAKE RISKS; experiment in ministry as we go to the margins of society to minister with the poor, immigrants, prisoners, and homeless, as well as the non-religious and nominally religious people in our communities;
4. SET VISIONARY GOALS and support one another as we eagerly experiment, innovate, embrace change, and regularly account for our ministries.
The Council of Bishop of The United Methodist church also issued the Foundation of the Call To Action.
THE MISSION of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world as described in:
Matthew 28:-18-20 – (The Great Commission)
Matthew 22:36-40- (The Great Commandments)
WE ARE CALLED TO ACTION
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is called to be a world leader in developing existing churches and starting new vital congregation so that we may make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
VITAL CONGREGATIONS ARE Spirit filled, forward-learning communities of believers that welcome all people. (Galatians 3:28)
a. Make disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20)
b. Serve like Christ through justice and mecry ministries (Micah 6:8; Luke 4:17-21).
c. Develop inviting and inspiring worship services.
d. Work with disciples in mission and outreach.
e. Empowers lay leadership.
f. Support inspired clergy leadership.
g. Create small groups and strong children’s programs and youth ministry.
h. Engage in world transformation through the creation of vital disciples.
A VITAL DISCIPLE is a changed follower of Jesus as described in Matthew 22:36-40 (The Great Commandment)
a. WORSHIP sincerely
b. GROW their faith
c. ENGAGE in mission
d. GIVE to mission
e. MAKE new disciples.