Mr. Raymond Welch, a resident of Tampa, Fla., recently expressed his appreciation and complimented the care given to him and his family by the folks of West Robeson United Methodist Church in the Gateway District. The Welch family was in route to North Carolina to escape Hurricane Irma. Their stop off I-95 at a Welcome Center was an experience filled with gratitude. He talked about the open, kind and caring hearts and the emergency/survival items given to help travelers. Mr. Welch said he couldn’t thank the people enough for what they did to care for his family and others.
The world needs more disciples who are willing to engage in courageous ministry, who want more from their walk with Jesus than simply sitting in a pew. The world is crying for a church that moves beyond its walls, beyond its borders, and meets people in relationship, which is the place where we share the love of Jesus. West Robeson UMC is such a church.
SHIFT is a process that helps congregations become more effective in ministry. What is SHIFT? This exciting and relevant training will provide concrete steps and an immediately useful process that local churches can take, apply them to their context and Spirit-led creativity, then move to implementation. The Shift process empowers churches to move:
- From Membership to Discipleship
- From Fellowship to Hospitality
- From Worship as Event to Worship as Lifestyle
- From Self to Others – Service & Generosity
Discipleship, Hospitality, Worship as Life, Serving and Generosity – these actions flow from communion with Jesus and form us more deeply as the Body of Christ where we can indeed engage in vital ministry that transforms the world. Come and be part of this incredible journey.