Global Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation Commissions First Class of EarthKeepers
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Global Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation Commissions First Class of EarthKeepers

By Mary Andreolli and Alysha Thompson* ATLANTA, Dec. 1, 2016–Global Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation (CMI) held its first United Methodist EarthKeepers training, Nov. 15-19, and commissioning, Nov. 20. CMI is Global Ministries’ newest program area, now six months old. CMI is a forward-thinking, forward-leaning unit, cultivating a best-practice learning and innovation “laboratory” for reenvisioning...

January 19, 2017March 28, 2017by
‘Roving Listeners’ and the Practice of Ministry With*
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‘Roving Listeners’ and the Practice of Ministry With*

More than a decade ago, Broadway United Methodist Church, an urban congregation in Indianapolis, Indiana, had a food pantry, a clothing ministry, and an after-school program. They tutored kids in the neighborhood and ran a summer program for 250 daily. Their pastor was a self-identified “Matthew 25 Christian,” interested in feeding the hungry, clothing the...

January 19, 2017January 19, 2017by
Theology of Mission
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Theology of Mission

The Mission Theology statement guides Global Ministries’ participation in the Missio Dei. It frames Global Ministries’ role within the denominational mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The transforming power belongs to God, and Global Ministries is in mission to witness to what God has done and is doing, and...

January 19, 2017January 19, 2017by
Partnership Covenant
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Partnership Covenant

The Covenant – Description and Pledge Please read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 and discuss the following: The purpose of an In Mission Together (IMT) partnership is to develop a healthy relationship between brothers and sisters in Christ across cultures through God’s grace that is transformative and inspirational. The IMT program equips, facilitates, and resources you and...

January 19, 2017January 20, 2017by
Center for Mission Innovation Innovator Tools: Worship and Mission
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Center for Mission Innovation Innovator Tools: Worship and Mission

Every church should have a variety of mission opportunities throughout the year that engage the entire congregation — individuals of all ages — and range from simple to complex. A Sunday morning worship experience, or other time when everyone is gathered, is a perfect time for these demonstrations of our love of God and love...

January 18, 2017January 20, 2017by
Roving Listening: A Way to Discover the Natural Assets of the People in Your Community
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Roving Listening: A Way to Discover the Natural Assets of the People in Your Community

By Rev. Stacey Harwell, Centenary UMC, Macon, Georgia The philosophy behind Roving Listeners: Asset-based community development As opposed to traditional needs-based models that chart a community’s deficiencies, an asset-based model of community development looks at what gifts are already present. Especially in an impoverished community, people are constantly asked to prove how bad things are...

January 18, 2017January 20, 2017by
Reading the Bible Through the Missio Dei
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Reading the Bible Through the Missio Dei

By Dr. David Scott, director of mission theology Traditionally, much of the focus in Christian mission has been on the actions of humans – the church and individual believers. Yet in recent decades, mission theologians have come to a new and profound insight: Mission does not start with humans; it starts with God. The term...

January 18, 2017January 20, 2017by