Our United Methodist churches are facing challenges in reaching new people, making disciples and engaging their communities, and our church leaders have called for help in their revitalization and leadership development efforts. Our society is changing at an unprecedented pace and we must renew our churches so that we may serve those who are looking for spiritual growth and community.
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We see a new church!
Our vision for the UMC Church is one that:
- extends beyond our church walls to transform our communities
- is a place where people can question and doubt with integrity
- welcomes all people to live their faith in Christ within the diversity of our UMC family
- is relevant, risk-taking and resilient
Today is our opportunity to put into action the vision of our new church that embraces our roots in Wesleyan theology, a church of today’s world that sparks renewed energy among our congregations and ignites expanded ways of reaching out beyond our church walls and traditional Sunday church services to meet people where they live, work and play.
Our plan for revitalization is threefold, with each component working together to support our congregations, local communities and people throughout the world. The three components include:
- The Bishop Jack and Marjorie Tuell Center for Leadership Excellence – Functioning as an incubator for developing new ways of doing church, Tuell Center leadership, consultants and coaches will actively seek out what’s working, what’s not and what can be learned from organizations within and outside our Conference and denomination. Alongside its research and development efforts, the Tuell Center will offer a platform that provides a full continuum of support, training, coaching and consulting to churches eager to participate in the revitalization process. Through studying challenges, testing theories and employing tailored solutions, The Tuell Center will be the vehicle by which our lay and clergy leaders arrive at our vision of a new and revitalized church.
- New Faith Communities – Largely open to adopting innovative practices and representing new peoples, new faith communities are the research and innovation department of the Pacific Northwest Conference. As new faith communities develop innovative new ways of doing church, we will simultaneously extend our services to new neighborhoods and inform existing churches of opportunities to strengthen their own communities.
- The Imagine No Malaria Campaign is a global United Methodist effort in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa. By collectively contributing to this effort we are emphasizing that visionary leadership sees beyond our own communities to reach out and address the needs of our global family.
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