What are your goals for mission in 2013?

New Year’s resolutions may have come and gone, but the goals set for our local churches should be able attainable through the strength of the United Methodist Connections!

United Methodist Communications (UMCom) is the communications agency of the global denomination – an arm of the church that maximizes and strengthens connectionalism within The United Methodist Church. We are here to help local churches achieve their goals by shining a light on how God is at work in your community. This light helps communities see your work, and want to join in. Here’s one way we can assist in 2013.

Change the World is a denomination-wide event that focuses on the ministries of the church beyond the sanctuary during one particular weekend, so that change is palpable and noticeable. Just imagine, if every United Methodist church in your surrounding area were outside the walls of their buildings, helping one another and enacting social change. People would take notice.

When you let us know about your outbound missions, we place your ministries on a map where online visitors to rethinkchurch.org (the seeker site of the UMC) can find volunteer opportunities in their areas and join in. You may have done this during Advent and may still be getting email notifications that your profile is being viewed by others. We will also help you connect the ministries of your local church to secular volunteer sites where young people are searching to make a difference. And, we will supply you with resources to highlight your ministries during Change the World weekend, May 18-19, 2013.

So…are you ready to take the Change the World Challenge?

  1. Identify the outreach missions you’d like to highlight in your church and it’s surrounding community during May 18-19, 2013. Set an achievable goal for expanding the number of people serving and being served through the mission.
  2. Begin planning an event to highlight your mission opportunities on the weekend of May 18-19, 2013.
  3. If you are a United Methodist Church in the U.S., add your Change the World event to your Find-A-Church profile. If you are a United Methodist Church outside the U.S., or an extension ministry of The UMC, add your event to this short form.

The first 1,000 ministries (within the U.S.) to share their information through Find-A-Church or the short form will get a Change the World package that includes a re-useable lawn banner, a sermon series with multimedia (DVD) and Rethink Church t-shirt.

Go to www.umcom.org/rethinkchurch to learn more about how we can help you grow your ministries!

P. S.

We have already filled out the Find-A-Church profile for MMUMC!

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