Good Folks, it is Friday, June 9, 2017. There are only nine more shopping days until Father’s Day… hint, hint, hint. June 18 is Father’s Day and Pastor Alex William’s last sermon as Associate Pastor, before him and his family move to their new appointment in the Aubrey/Frisco area, Cross Way United Methodist Church. It will be one service, 10:30A.M., with a reception afterwards in the narthex area to express our well wishes in their new season of ministry.
Annual Conference 2017 has come and gone. This year, the event was held at First Richardson. Great music and speakers filled the sanctuary. It was on Monday night that Alex was ordained an Elder and Emma was commissioned as a Deacon. Both are to be congratulated in this journey.
This year, the emphasis was on the local church, where it is and where it can be and how to get there. L. Gregory Jones made us painfully aware that change (Social Innovation) is constant and painful. In fact, some churches have “Back to Egypt” standing committees.
Matt Miofsky shares the simple secrets of inviting people and building a thriving church.
Evangelism is, according to Miofsky: Invitational, Relational, Christological, Transformational and Incarnational. (I have a printout of notes from his lecture upon request. This is worth reading.
In one of the luncheons I attended the speaker added his particular take on evangelism, so that the local church can grow and thrive… it must be: Socially Conscience (feeding the hungry-literally, and feeding the spiritually hungry; Rooted in spiritual matters, Scripture, Truly Wesleyan, Recovering a Confessional Faith, Recovering a notion of Holiness and Sanctification, Recovering an accountability to ideals, and recovering Holiness in the community. (This was a packed full luncheon.)
Good Folks, there is no “Magic Pill” for church growth and evangelism. I do know that you have to be willing to want to grow, be part of a community of faith, be involved in small group study, praying for God’s power through the Holy Spirit, to place others before ourselves, and to give church growth a chance. It takes everyone leaning towards God’s kingdom, together. It takes a people willing to learn to be generous in all areas of the lives. More forthcoming…
See you Sunday, 9AM or 11AM.
“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” (Wm. Carey–Missionary to Africa)
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank
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