Monday’s are my favorite day of the week. It is a new beginning to the week and there is limitless potential. It is also the day that Debbie and I get together to wrestle with theology and mission, trying to unpack God’s plan for Harmony Grove and the local community. I love this process. It makes me feel like I am contributing to a solution that is God centered and bigger than myself. Today was particularly exciting, as we really did not end up where we started. We began by looking at how we have historically defined the church, taking our cues from John Wesley and the early Methodist movement and ended up engaging the surveys that the congregation filled out last week during the 9:45 hour.
This led us to, what we feel are, the core components of the church moving forward if it is going to find sustainability and become the thriving, vibrant community that everyone seems to want to be a part of. Most importantly, by beginning with the surveys it gave a voice to the needs and concerns of the congregation. After all, we do not need to throw out the old to usher in the new- there is room for more than one “right” in our style of worship, missional endeavors, evangelism and discipleship strategies.
This brings me to the purpose of these weekly “Blogs”. We are going to work to put out very brief content mid-week each week as an educational primer to Sunday’s message. We want to give you something to think on so that you feel prepared to be a part of the ongoing dialog around how we can ReCapture what it means to be the church as both individuals and as a community at Harmony Grove UMC.
This Sunday Debbie will be giving us a brief overview of the core components of Christ’s church, explored through the central ideas of evangelism, discipleship and mission. We will begin a three-week discussion on what each of these biblically grounded concepts look like through the lens of our own context in Lilburn, seeking to come away with a better idea of where we are now, where we are going as a community and how we can get there together. So, come prepared to ReCapture what it means to be the church with us.
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Restoration is both personal and communal, internal and external! We welcome and invite you to join us for conversation on Mondays at 11:00 am in the newly renovated Family Restoration Center. Nathan is also available to speak to Sunday School Classes, small groups, families and individuals. (Debbie)