How are the gifts in the offering plate transforming the communities of the Desert Southwest Conference and the world?
In Habakkuk 2:2 the Lord said, “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.” (NRSV)
If someone were to ask you why you go to church, or why you give your money, time, and talent, what would you say? How is God alive and at work in your community and specifically, your church? How have you personally found purpose through your job or your ministry? What are the examples of transformation that you have seen or experienced thanks to the presence of Jesus Christ in your life?
Disclaimer: If you are reading this and you are not familiar with the mission of The United Methodist Church, it is “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Of course, the Church is transformative. Just this past year, churches in the Desert Southwest Conference have:
- Funded leadership opportunities in Sahuarita, AZ for teens to make a difference in their community.
- Established Christian community, accountability, and nurtured faith in men’s and women’s prisons.
- Chartered a new church in Boulder City, NV
- Raised money and had lots of fun funding Cancer research.
- Built a clinic and multipurpose building in Ethiopia.
- First UMC of Gilbert, AZ celebrated their centennial by packaging 32,832 meals for hungry children in Cambodia.
- Provided funding for a charter school that serves homeless and low income children in Phoenix and Tempe.
- Started bible studies to learn about and end violence.
- Responded to terrorist attacks, flooding, and Malaria.
- Helped youth aging out of Foster Care by connecting them to jobs and providing starter packs for moving into their own home.
How is your church transforming the world? (click here to submit your story)
We know that without the generosity of the people in the pews and the leaders of the church, none of this would be possible. Thank you for your bold leadership, inspiration, and faith-filled giving. Bishop Bob’s initiative for growth and vitality encourages us all to be stronger than we’ve been in the past and increasingly more vital. Share your story so we can encourage each other, learn from each other, and pray for each other during this exciting time of transformation.
This past Sunday, I was struck by a question in the sermon, “What would our church be like if everyone gave, attended, and participated the same as you?”