Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the cool air, the sunshine, and the beautiful colors that represent a tapestry of God’s creative design. Fall suggests change is in the air! Often we view change as a negative rather than a positive. We think the energy required to change will fall short of the outcome we expect. But I believe change can and should be embraced, not dreaded.
Change is coming to the District office. No; not in the form of a new D.S., but in the form of a more effective communication strategy to enhance our core values of building community in our District.
We are a very diverse District. We are comprised of large, medium and small churches. We are metropolitan, suburban, county seat and rural congregations. And yet, while diverse we share commonalities such as being United Methodist Christians whose main objective is to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
The message is timeless, but the methodologies we employ must and do change. I have felt for some time that as a District we have great ministries that are making Disciples of Jesus Christ, but we lack the mechanism for sharing these vital, life changing ministries with the churches of our District. In other words, when something is working and worth sharing I wish for that to be made known to all churches in the District so that an idea might be gleaned and utilized in other places throughout the District. Thus, our new communication strategy will involve giving churches in our District an opportunity to share their story of life changing ministry through a web submission.
Over time, a greater sense of community building will occur as churches of all sizes have an opportunity to share their story. Whether your church is 7 in worship attendance, or, it’s over 2,000, you have an exciting story of transformed lives for the Kingdom.
Please be patient with us as we make these changes. When you buy a new pair shoes it can feel awkward at first but, in time, it will become natural. I believe the same will be true as you try out our new District communication strategy that will glorify God and build up the Body of Christ through the Mississippi River District. Thanks, be to God!