Over the last several months, Rich Miller--who is
collaborating with me on this article--and I have been meeting regularly to
consider the question, "what is God calling our church to be and do over the
next 3 to 5 years, the next 10 years, and the next 20 years?
We have prayed and thought about how God might be
guiding our church and in the process, we invited a group of people who
represent various groupings in our church to consider these questions.
This group has met six times for conversation, study, and reflection.
In one of the books we have been studying titled
Doing the Math of Mission by Gil Rendle, he asks,"...what is the specific
difference that you or your congregation is called to make?" From this we began
asking the question, "What is God calling our church to be and do in a specific
period of time?"
Several people have responded to these questions, and
in the process we looked at our church's current Vision and Mission statements
and arrived at some new wording for each of them. We presented these
thoughts to the Administrative Council, now we plan to visit as many various
groups in our church as possible to get feedback on these ideas.
We invite you to join us in considering the
*Rose Hill UMC's current
Vision statement is: "To Know Christ and to make Christ Known." The proposed new
wording for our Vision is: "To Know God and Live Like Jesus." As you consider
these words, we encourage you to pray and meditate about our Vision; think about
how either statement might energize you; and consider how these words might
guide our church into the future.
*Rose Hill UMC's current
Mission statement is: "Building Christ-Centered, Transforming Relationships
through Invitation, Healing, and Service." The two proposed rewording of our
mission are: a)"Connect, Love, Serve", or b)"Connect in peace, grow in
compassion, serve with justice." As you consider these words, we encourage you
to pray and meditate about our Vision; think about how either statement might
energize you; and consider how these words might guide our church into the
*What ideas, thoughts,
and suggestions do you have as you prayerfully answer the questions: "What
is God calling our church to be in the next 3 to 5 yeats?" and "What is the
specific difference that you or our church is called to make in our lives right
Our plan is to talk to everyone over the next few
months about these ideas. We hope you will join us in the conversation and
prayer as we take the next step in the ministry of the Rose Hill United
Rich Miller, Lay Leader
John Martin, Pastor