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Resource: Book (BK7200) Back to Zero: The Search to Rediscover the Methodist Movement     
Author: Gil Rendle
Publisher: Abingdon Press, 2011
Length: 14 Pages
Subjects: Church Growth; Congregational Vitalization
# Copies: 1
 Description: How can United Methodists join in common mission to change the world?

The lifeblood of a United Methodist is passion rather than organizational neatness, entrepreneurial freedom rather than denominational restraint, and agility rather than staid institutional dependence. But if United Methodists are to change and be the church we say we want to be, what must we risk and how can we challenge current practices?

At the heart of becoming a spiritual movement again is the requirement that we develop a new understanding of connection as Christians and as United Methodists. We are currently at a time in which United Methodists are reinventing denominational connectionalism. One way of framing the issue is to distinguish betweeen members and disciples, or consumers (those who wait for the institution to care for their needs) and citizens (those who are willing to commit themselves to and be held accountable for the whole of the community).

United Methodism has nurtured generations of leaders and congregations that see themselves as consumers of the resources and attention of the denomination. The impulse toward movement is challenging spiritually purposeful leaders and congregations to risk becoming citizens who fully expect to make a difference in the lives of individuals and in the world through an encounter with Christ.
Age Groups: Young Adult; Adult (30-55); Adult (55+)


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