In 2009, Campbell United Methodist Church will focus our spiritual life together in three areas of emphasis: 1) An invitational attitude, 2) A worshipful life, 3) Equipping people for service.
1 – Special events, mission opportunities, worship services, small groups, fellowship times, or just hanging out together, shouldn’t one of our first questions be, “Who can we invite to be here with us?” How are we set up to extend invitations into our environment?
2 – Worship is the heart of the life of the congregation, so what is Campbell’s pulse? Are our kids, youth, and adults all worshiping well? Do our worship opportunities provide a passionate, transformative encounter with God? Are our meetings and classes begun with worship?
3 – Each person is gifted by the Holy Spirit for service through the church. How easy is it for someone to use their gifts in ministry here at Campbell? How are we giving people permission to use their gifts as disciples of Christ? Are we creating stumbling blocks, or are we setting people free to serve?
Together, focusing in these three particular areas, we are set to write a new chapter in the life of Campbell United Methodist Church. Invitation – Worship – Service. It reminds me of an old catch-phrase of the Methodist Church that still crops up every now and then, “Invite, Form, Send.”
Our three emphases outline the cyclical nature of church life. One is invited into the community to experience the freely given grace of God through Jesus Christ. One is then formed in and by and with that community as the Holy Spirit equips and energizes and empowers. One is then sent by Christ into the world as an ambassador of reconciliation, to extend the invitation to another, and the cycle begins again.
Of course, it’s not really that neat and tidy. God is infinitely complex, and life on this earth is just about as complex as that! But the basic pattern underlies all that we are as the church.
Invitation – Worship – Service.
Gather together – Receive the Word – Respond in discipleship.
Invite – Form – Send.
Within and around that basic pattern, our life together as the church happens. It happens weekly; it happens daily; in happens moment by moment. Most importantly, it happens together, as sisters and brothers in Christ, surrounded by the presence of God’s Holy Spirit.
Grace and peace,