BE A YES! CHURCH
“'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. There is
no commandment greater than these.'” Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)
To love God with all of our heart and love others as we love ourselves. On these two commandments all else rests.
We embrace the holy mystery that we are loved unconditionally as we imperfectly journey through life. This love is so stirring that we are compelled to, likewise, unconditionally love others.
There is a timeless yearning for what is good and binds the people who today call themselves United Methodists. We wonder together:
As we engage in those questions, often unanswered, we do not judge but remain steadfast in a call to exude Christ’s love.
What does that look like in the local church?
The purpose of this document is to help local churches, using the Wesleyan tradition of discernment, listen to the Holy Spirit’s call to engagement with the community. You are encouraged to begin and end each of these 90-minute sessions in prayer.
NOTE: Be sensitive to each other’s sharing because every person comes with different life experiences.
NOTE: On a flip chart, write the reasons for going to church understanding that doing so will provide information that can be displayed in later sessions.
NOTE: Write the stories on a flip chart emphasizing the reason that each is important.
NOTE: This question is important because it helps create anticipation for the conversations in Session 2.
NOTE: Discuss what may have influenced the community vote.
NOTE: Put observations about people in our community onto a flip chart to be used at a later time.
NOTE: Display the flip charts from the previous sessions.
NOTE: Write the attributes on a flip chart. What motivates people and congregations to exude these attributes?
NOTE: It’s imperative that we not reverse those two ideas. Being a YES! Church happens because we are doing as Christ asks us to do.
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