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Thinking of mission as helping programs is limited, because it makes us miss the breadth of God’s mission in the world and the full spiritual significance of joining in that mission, writes Dr. David W., Scott. Read more

Global Nature

As a specialist in mission, Dr. David W. Scott suggests that anyone who wants to go on short-term mission or become a full-time missionary watch this program. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott gives United Methodists a look at the foundational skills that missionaries should have, along with a link to a noted scholar's presentation on the development of world Christianity. Read more

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The break-up of The United Methodist Church appears inevitable to many, and the Rev. Dr. Jack Jackson thinks it could be welcome for the sake of mission, something Methodists have always done. Read more

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Providing physical space and community support for entrepreneurs offers another mission opportunity for the UMC's future, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Prodigal Homecoming

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What if the Church could be a safe place for honesty about our shortcomings and vulnerability to admit mistakes and seek reconciliation? asks Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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The Rev. Ben Gosden shares his answers to the often-irritating but necessary question, "How can the church be relevant?" Read more

Local Church

In his search for 21st century mission ideas for United Methodists, Dr. David W. Scott taps into loneliness as the number-one topic. Read more

Global Nature

What areas of mission focus would be suggested by the world in 2018 and the kingdom that were not part of previous models of mission? Dr. David W. Scott is looking for answers. Read more

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In helping to establish United Methodist congregations with Asian immigrants of various cultures in the United States. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj finds that mission remains central to the church's identity. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott continues his reflections on the nature of the church from the perspective of distinctive Methodist attitudes toward and practices of "being the church." Read more

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The Rev. Lisa Beth White has no fear for the future despite whatever happens with The United Methodist Church, because she has faith in the work of the Holy Spirit to call people into partnership with God in mission. Read more

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Organizers see the gathering as "a way to assist the larger United Methodist Church, by modeling a method of having important conversations with each other that reflect how we can be together conversationally and missionally in a changing world." Read more

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However we may think and feel about Christian mission, we mustn't lose sight of the fact that the mission belongs to God, not us, writes Dr. David W. Scott Read more

Perspectives

What gives you real assurance of your standing as a child of God? The Wesley Bros confront this question in the context of their mortality. Read more

Perspectives

Dr. David W. Scott explains the framework for mission in the church that he shared with the Commission on A Way Forward. Read more

A Way Forward

The Wesley Bros head out on a mission to Georgia, while the Rev. Charlie Baber encourages those who would go on short-term missions to reflect on what would truly help those in need. Read more

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Living Wage

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The United Methodist Women's Assembly kicks off with a demonstration on behalf of a fair living wage and proclamations of hope as it celebrates 150 years of women's mission work. Read more

Practicing Faith

Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo discovers that the findings of a study on mission held when the UMC was formed still holds relevance to the denomination on its 50th birthday. Read more

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Preparing his flock for Sunday worship, the Rev. Dr. Eric Pridmore reminds us that “Jesus did not command the whole world to go to church. Jesus commanded his church to go to the whole world.” Read more

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