Roles in a Discipleship System and the (Dys)Functionality of the Methodist Connection



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Gosden is spot on when he issued this call: "After all, the call to discipleship is not one meant to make good church members — it’s a call to go into the world as new and different people."

Disciples are FOR engagement in the transforming process. It is not just a mission to get people to sit in the pews of our churches. It is a call to go into the world.and get involved in shaping society according to the principles of justice and liberation.

Vital congregations emerge when they are engaged in the changes of human lives including in changes in the local community around us. The world is on the path of transformation when the local situations are evolving and changing to be more humane.

In a globalized community we have to work with one another across the frontiers and barriers that have kept us apart. We cannot remain in isolation as a United Methodist, American, African, Asian religious community. We have to reach out to labor with others in the transformation of the only one world in which we all live in.and fulfill our common destiny with peace and harmony.

Yap Kim Hao more than 4 years ago

Notable Quotes

“The period of Lent is given us to focus on what can be changed by listening carefully to the word of God. The word of God brings the clarity about injustices, but also how we are given a new opportunity to change injustices to justice. God has given that we in the death of Jesus Christ have been liberated from our trespasses as he was raised for our justification.”

– The Rev. Olav Fyske Tveit, top executive of the World Council of Churches, in a March 20 sermon marking World Water Day.

The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, top executive of Discipleship Ministries, lays out his agency’s plans to help United Methodists reach people for Jesus. He addressed his agency’s board in Nashville, Tenn.“We have tried to reverse this decline by trying to offering technical fixes, tinkering with our worship services, collecting huge amounts of data, tinkering with metrics and then when the metrics didn’t fit the picture we wanted, we readjusted the metrics.  [United Methodists] can’t program our way back to vitality; there is no quick fix."

– The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, top executive of Discipleship Ministries, unveiling his goals for the agency to create 1 million new Christian disciples over the next four years, reported by Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service.

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