New Mission Design & Our Missional Challenge

Dear Friends in the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy,
The Presbytery adopted a new Organizational Plan for Mission at our last Presbytery Gathering. Many currently serving in leadership have agreed to carry on their work through the transition to the new framework for our mission together. The Committee on Representation/Nominations is busy calling members of the Presbytery to serve on the Vision, Congregational Vibrancy, Dynamic Leaders, Mission and Outreach, and Administration and Support Teams. In addition, COR/NOM is identifying those willing to be elected to the teams and administrative commissions. If you receive a call from a member of the hard-working Committee on Representation/Nominations, please prayerfully consider saying yes to this opportunity to assist in our mutual mission. If you have suggestions for others to serve, please contact Rob Cardwell, Chair of COR/NOM or another member of the Committee. In particular the Committee would appreciate suggestions of diverse ages and various racial/ethnic identities.
The new design we created for our work together will allow us to become more nimble as we adapt to our rapidly changing world. Most of us realize that the church must learn new ways in order to thrive in our current context and nurture Vibrant Congregations and Dynamic Leaders.
While church attendance in North America and Europe has been declining since the latter quarter of the 20th Century, it has been exploding in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Fortunately for us in the United States, people from these areas of the world are immigrating to the United States, bringing new life to our tired denominations. In worshiping with fifty of our congregations since I began ministry in Giddings-Lovejoy, I have experienced some of the most enthusiastic, Spirit-filled worship in our immigrant congregations. What can we learn from our recently arrived neighbors?
Being missional means drawing closer to God and closer to others. The growth of the church is about neighbors meeting neighbors and inviting relationship, caring about those who live around us, and, working together for justice and wellness, loving others, and bearing witness to our relationship to God through Christ. Jesus told his disciples to go into the world and make other disciples. How’s that going for us?
Let’s tell our stories to one another about the adaptive changes we are making in our congregations and the new life we are witnessing. God has joined us in community so that we may learn from and support one another, and bear witness to God’s love and desire for shalom. We are discovering anew how to bring the Good News in a diverse world. Spanish author, Antonio Machado, wrote “…there is no road, the road is made by walking.” As we move forward in our mission, may the power and presence of the abiding and guiding Spirit be with us.
Yours in Service to Christ,
Anita Hendrix, Presbytery Leader

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