VISIONING - CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 (1) It begins as persons are invited
into a relationship with the church (either by their seeking or our evan- gelism). We need to discover ways to open points of entry into the life of our churches. And we must learn to reach out beyond our walls to en- gage those persons who are not yet in relationship with Christ or the church.
(2) After the invitation, we must provide
worship that will connect people with God in meaningful ways.
ties for nurturing folks in their faith- development, realizing
(3) We need to create opportuni- that
coming to us will be coming at vari- ous stages of faith formation. (One size fits all doesn&#x2019;t work anymore.)
(4) We need to send our disciples out into the world, not just to make a difference, but to make the world a different place.
This system of processes is not a one- time-through-the-cycle
John Wesley taught us, faith formation is a life-long practice moving us on to- ward perfection in love. These processes should be experienced by every person every time they come through the doors of the church and go out into the world to live.
The system I began to describe above is by no means complete, nor is it the only kind of system. There are many ways that many of our congregations are already en- gaged in disciple-making systems. Some- times churches are doing it without even thinking about it. However, it is best to be intentional in the process by evaluat- ing your local church&#x2019;s system regularly. And, by the way, the size of your church doesn&#x2019;t matter. Even the smallest church- es can develop disciple-making systems. Please feel free to contact our, or should
I say, your Connectional Ministries Office for help with &#x201C;visioning&#x201D; or in developing a disciple-making system in your congre- gation or charge. In coming issues I will be moving deeper into a few of the other questions raised in this article. Your com- ments and suggestions, ideas or practical examples are more than welcome and can be e-mailed to email@example.com
Mrs. Grace Beach of Valley View Terrace, Belleville, Pa., widow of Rev. C. Richard Beach, retired pastor in the former Central Pennsylvania Confer- ence, died Tuesday, November 23, 2010, in Lewistown Hospital. Memorial Services were held Saturday, November 27, 2010, in Trinity United Methodist Church, Lewistown, Pa. Interment was in Smithfield, Pa.
Mrs. Donna Charlene (Grieten) Cottle of Tunkhannock, Pa., died Sunday, De- cember 5, 2010, in Mercy Center, Dal- las, Pa. She is survived by her husband, Rev. W. Andrew &#x201C;Drew&#x201D; Cottle, active pastor in Susquehanna Conference, and a son, Josiah Cottle. Memorial Services were held Sunday, December 12, 2010, in Newark United Methodist Church, Newark, Del. Inurnment will be in New- ark City Cemetery, Newark, Del.
Mrs. Lillian M. Hurley of Riverside, Pa., widow of Rev. Donald Roy Hur- ley, retired pastor in the former Central Pennsylvania Conference, and mother of Rev. Don Hurley of St. Peter&#x2019;s United Methodist Church, Riverside, Pa., died Monday, November 22, 2010. Memorial Services were held Saturday, November 27, 2010, in Crever Memorial United Methodist Church, Petersburg, Pa.
Rev. Harold J. Knepp, retired pastor of the Susquehanna Conference, who resid- ed at Laurelton at Creekview Retirement Center, Mechanicsburg, died on Thurs- day, December 16, 2010. A Memorial Service was held Sunday, December 19, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Mechanicsburg.
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