Michael Slaughter, long-time pastor (36 years) of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, Tipp City, Ohio and spiritual entrepreneur challenged the NC Annual Conference to live into a new way of being “Church.” When Mike arrived at Ginghamsburg there were about 85 people. He jokingly remarks that during his six months, he grew the church to 58 thanks to his “gift of irritation.”
“The church is the organic incarnation of the presence of Jesus in the world.” The Church was meant to be an “organism,” not simply an organization. We are to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, fueled by Ephesians 4 leaders: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers.
A “pastor” is not a position, it is a function of the Church. The transfer of information does not make one a disciple, it makes you part of an organization.
Want more? Check out Mike’s blog, Unleashing the Unlimited Exponential Church
5 Markers of Vitality
UMC Mission Statement: Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. How are you making disciples. Here are the five markers of vital churches Michael outlined the five characteristics of a vital congregation:
- Church Seeing New Disciples.
- Clear Path of Connection.
- Participation in Discipleship Groups
- Disciples in Mission.
- Disciples giving faithfully.
More about the United Methodist study defining vital congregations here.
Four commitments to be a member of Ginghamsburg UMC: participation in personal and corporate worship; full engagement in a Life Group; commitment to using gifts and to tithe. “Raising the bar creates clarity about commitment.”
More information about the Connectional Table report and the 2015 State of the Church report here.
Information about Ginghamsburg Communitas here.
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