In an effort to foster ongoing dialogue about topics of interest to the broader church, The Connectional Table and the Commission on General Conference are inviting members to join them in conversation about the worldwide nature of the church.
“We are asking you, as members of The United Methodist Church, to join us in addressing the challenges we have before us that affect how we live out our Gospel mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” said Bishop Bruce Ough.
Adding that the issue of the global connection is more than just a conversation about structure, the Missional Collaboration Group on the Worldwide Nature of the Church, has launched a new website at www.umc.org/worldwide-nature with downloadable resources to facilitate discussion about the worldwide issues affecting our missional effectiveness as a worldwide church. The site highlights an introductory video and offers a link to a survey for feedback.
The website, with supporting documents available in English, French and Portuguese, features an executive summary and discussion questions regarding the worldwide mission of the connection, a downloadable PowerPoint presentation that outlines the history and comparisons of central conferences and jurisdictions and supplemental reports on the UMC’s worldwide nature from past General Conferences. Delegations are encouraged to review the materials, discuss the questions and submit responses through the online survey or by email.
The deadline for survey responses is August 31, 2014.