6th week of Epiphany
Feb. 12, 2012
Eighteen years ago, the Mississippi Annual Conference planted the next “mega church” in a small but rapidly growing community just outside of the state capital of Jackson. The congregation started with an average worship attendance of around 90, a number that has dropped slowly but consistently over the years. When I was appointed there 4 years ago we averaged about 35 on a Sunday morning. This past Sunday we had eight. As a worshiping community, it is getting harder and harder for us to have hope for our future, not to mention paying our utility bills.
In an effort to encourage our struggling church our District Superintendent assured us that if there was even one family who could say that they were genuinely called by God to continue to worship and witness as New Covenant UMC then he would do everything he could to help us stay open and pursue that calling. So it is that in the last few weeks, we have begun to ask each other very seriously and very concretely “What is God calling you to do? What is God calling us to do as a Church body? Who is God calling us to be?”
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