Friday, July 15, 2011

Melissa, TX - New Church Start - Mission

Update:  You can now find Melissa UMC on the web at www.MelissaUMC.com.

So the work has begun.  I have been in the community for a few weeks now still waiting to attend boot camp and waiting to have all of the requisite meetings with the leaders of the mother church and my coach before we begin the big push of recruiting and promoting.  Still, there are connections to be made and things to be learned about Melissa, TX - a community that I am discovering is a great place to live and do ministry.

While there are several churches in Melissa, there are only two of significant size - a Baptist Church (surprise!) and a Mormon Church.  When I think about those who might be looking for an alternative, I am excited that a United Methodist faith community is on its way!

The reason I am excited is because I love our Mission Statement in the United Methodist Church.  We are here "To Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World!"  And that is what I am in Melissa to do as well.  I am NOT here simply to begin a new community of faith, but creating that community is only the way we go about serving the mission.  Then, what kind of faith community this will be in terms of style and outreach and ministries will shape the personality and character of the faith community.  But the mission is the thing!

I like the way Andy Stanley, one of our Baptist brothers, has put it.  The very first promise made by Jesus to his followers was that if you follwed him, he would make you "fishers of men (people)."  His very last commandment to his followers was to "Go . . . make disciples of all the nations. . . "  So this business of making followers - making disciples, seems to be rather high on Jesus' priority list.  It was his first promise and last command.

With that in mind, I am excited about the work and ministry that is ahead of me and those who will sign on to be about the ongoing work of Jesus as it is extended in a new way to the community of Melissa.  Please pray for us.  This is the kind of thing that for all the hard work put in, will not succeed without the prayers of faithful people being offered in support.  So bless those of you who pray for us.  Okay, bless all of you whether you pray for us or not.  But please pray.  Grace and peace.

1 comment:

  1. That is exciting. Can't wait yo see what all is in store!

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