Congregations and churches, like living organisms, experience cyclical and predictable seasons. In a manner of speaking, they are given birth in the spring, flourish in the summer, fade in the fall and die in the winter.
However, there are exceptions to this understanding. Living organisms are created by God but the Church, while created by God, has something much more. The Church is filled with God’s Spirit, the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the grave. And because of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, churches need not die or retire. Instead, they may experience resurrection through renewal through a re-launch.
On December 7, 2015, our Church Conference unanimously approved a 2020 Vision for the Re-Launch of First United Methodist Church Missouri City. This plan includes a new mission, vision and purpose to move our church into the year 2020. The plan outlines the core values that will drive us and define us as a church. And finally, the report lays out a new structure to lead us.
The purpose of a church structure is to provide for meeting the mission and purpose of the organization as efficiently as possible. The structure should also broaden, not limit, the participation of the laity and ensure better communication throughout the congregation. Our current structure does not broaden participation nor does it help FUMCMC fulfill our vision and mission. The new structure will allow us to shift our focus from committee maintenance to mission and ministry. It will also provide greater support for the ministry and missions of FUMCMC.
The Quarterly Conference, which dates back to the early days of the Methodist movement, is the foundation of the new structure. It is the basic authority of the church and is comprised of all members of the church.
Our first Quarterly Conference will happen on January 24 at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We will provide a light supper as we hear reports from our standing committees as well as hear details on the Re-Launch plan. Childcare will be available.
I hope you will make plans to join us. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions prior to the 24th.