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Imagine a book that recognizes we are a denomination with a wide theological center that needs diversity of thought, a book that offers alternatives for conservative and progressive leaning people to thrive, a book that provides paths to bless those who want to go and multiply our witness without fearing they will lose their property or assets.
The Connection, a draft of a new Book of Discipline, makes the mission central in a simpler, clearer book that celebrates our rich Wesleyan theology, history and methods for being the church without watering it down by continually adding procedures and processes. It envisions a United Methodist Church that is Christ-centered, global in nature and mission, diverse, inclusive, innovative, adaptive and contextual in its ministry.
The Connection affirms that the mission of United Methodism is best served by empowering congregations to nurture disciples who are equipped for transformational leadership in the church and community, and clergy who are equipped to cultivate and lead disciples to fruitful ministry in the world. The General, Jurisdictional/Central and Annual Conferences exist to resource and equip local congregations to thrive.
The Connection clarifies our mission, our core values and beliefs and refocuses the denomination on a path for fruitful discipleship. It refines our structures to allow decision making to occur at the points closest to the actual ministry. It keeps us connected globally as we work hand in hand to love God and love and serve our neighbors and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We invite you to read The Connection. Please pay particular attention to the sections on the organization of the Local Church and the Connectional Church. We think you will find it a refreshing change for a denomination in need of renewal.
The Connection is in draft. Your voice and input are important for this document to move forward to the 2020 General Conference. We want your feedback, suggestions and comments so that we can build on the foundation that is laid out on these pages and together, guided by the Spirit, continue to witness to the healing love of God around the world.
Thank you for your commitment to our United Methodist Church.
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