Called to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World
Leominster United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Central Mass. District of the New England Conference UMC  District Resource Day

 

Keynote Speaker: Shane Claiborne  

 

Shane is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author.  Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia.  He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty.

This years Resource Day will focus on the rebirth of the church.  It is obvious that the church in the United States of America is in decline. We are closing more churches every year than we are starting new ones.  It is a defining moment which we should not face with our eyes closed or with our fingers crossed. We must make a decision about our present and about our future.

To paraphrase Mike Regele, author or Death of the church  “we have built structures which continue to thwart growth and frustrate change...into which we have poured our resources. Yet these are failing us. With everything changing around us, what are our options? We can simply die because of our hidebound resistance to change, or we can die in order to live.”

As a district team, we hope that your choice will be “to die in order to live.”  Jesus said Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.” John 12:24-25 (MSG)