We Are Called To Action

Date Posted: 3/20/2012

As a General Conference delegate, Dr. Elijah Stansell encourages you to review the letter below which was drafted by the Council of Bishops outlining the adaptive spiritual challenges and opportunities that face the United Methodist Church. He also encourages anyone who has a passion to discuss any of the specific legislative actions to email him at eli@swbell.net.

 

The local delegates will meet this month to discuss topics that will be featured at General Conference.

 

FOR THE SAKE OF A NEW WORLD, We See a New Church

WE SEE A NEW CHURCH. It is a church that is clear about its mission and confident about its future; a church that is always reaching out, inviting, alive, agile and resilient. We see a church that is hope-filled, passionate, nimble, called by God, and courageous. It is a church that is passionately committed to the mission and vision of the Wesleyan movement. This church takes risks to serve the poor, reach new people, search continuously for creative ways to help each person grow in grace, love and holiness.

 

TODAY WE CALL YOU TO ACTION, to join with United Methodist sisters and brothers from around the world in the adventure of becoming a New Church. The most important steps will not result from legislative action at General Conference or in annual conferences. Instead, they will require different actions and patterns of leadership by bishops, clergy and laity. These changes must be grounded deeply in the spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting. These changes have already begun, and the Call to Action is already starting to be employed in many congregations and conferences.

 

WE CALL YOU TO:

 

• GROW VITAL CONGREGATIONS that will make disciples of Jesus Christ for the

transformation of the world;

 

• DEMONSTRATE COURAGEOUS TURNAROUND LEADERSHIP that leads the

church toward deep Holy Spirit change;

 

• TAKE RISKS; experiment in ministry as we go to the margins of society to minister with the poor, immigrants, prisoners and the homeless, as well as with the non-religious and nominally religious people in our communities;

 

• UNITE AS ONE; develop deeper trust so that we face our adaptive spiritual challenges;

 

• SET VISIONARY GOALS and support one another as we eagerly experiment, innovate, embrace change, and regularly account for our ministries.

 

The Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church, December 2011.

For more information on “A Call to Action,” visit http://umccalltoaction.org.