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Notes from the Pastor
 

Greetings!

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 following:

     *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 future.

      *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 now?"

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 Methodist Church.

Sincerely,
Rich Miller, Lay Leader
John Martin, Pastor
 

 
 
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