Skip to main content

ReCapture Blogpost this Week

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.

Nathan Smith

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)


Popular posts from this blog

What is a person of peace?

Rev. Debbie Carlton and Nathan Smith

Building a Missional Enterprise:  The Person of Peace
The idea of being “on mission” for God, seeking to live into what we are called to be and do as Christians is a challenging concept for people to engage. There is a tremendous amount of fear and trepidation about the commitment that is required, skill sets needed, where to go, who to reach and how to do it. As a missiologist my job has been to walk with people through addressing these issues in a manner that is organic to their existing context, faith structure and felt calling. 

So, where do we begin if we are going to help people understand that missions work is not nearly as foreign and time consuming as we have made it out to be? As a matter of fact, if the principles are not easy to appropriate, simple to reproduce and sustainable it will not find great success. The most successful missions work today is grounded in organic context with a “person of peace.”

The “person of peace” is the entry poi…

What do your relationships look like?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
This week the missional theology discussion that Debbie and I have every Monday was attended by a whole group of people that wanted to be a part of the movement committed to the restoration of the individual, family and community at Harmony Grove UMC. We discussed the work that we are doing in the new Family Restoration Center and looked at the core principles of Discipleship, Evangelism and Mission that define Christ’s church. It was a perfect example of how discipleship manifests in a community of people that are willing to look at the need for change and embrace the uncertainty that that brings, trusting God to be our guide. 
Discipleship, evangelism and mission will be the topics of the next three weeks sermons, helping us to ReCapture, as a community, what it means to be the church that Christ called us to be. We will be leading with discipleship and the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 this week, looking at what makes Christian discipleship un…