A Culture of Multiplication

The Free Methodist Bishops have identified 9 strategies for us to achieve our vision. We will be posting them here on our blog.


By David Roller
Bishop, FMCUSA

I recently took some sourdough starter culture to my daughter. My sourdough starter culture has a rich, pungent smell. I keep it the consistency of pancake batter. Because I was flying, I could only take the smallest amount so I put about half an ounce in a bottle no bigger than my thumb. When I arrived, I emptied that little tiny bit into a bowl, adding water and flour. By morning, my little dollop had penetrated the whole mixture, so I added several more cups of flour and made four loaves of bread and baked one for dinner – all in 24 hours. Now that’s multiplication!


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Starting and Ending With Leadership

The Free Methodist Bishops have identified 9 strategies for us to achieve our vision. We will be posting them here on our blog.


By Matt Thomas
Bishop, FMCUSA

Everything starts and ends with leadership. The Creation of the world and the conclusion of things as we know them are both attributed to a Leader, an Actor who produces the action. When God wanted to correct or shape the people, a leader (prophet, priest, king) was always involved in getting things started and carrying things through. We do not need to look too far at Jesus’ post-baptism ministry before we see His selection of leaders. Later, at both His Ascension and the new beginning of Pentecost, the same leaders were present doing what we would expect — being engaged and/or leading. The influential letters that form the majority of New Testament books were written by … ? You guessed it: leaders.


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To the Cities

The Free Methodist Bishops have identified 9 strategies for us to achieve our vision. We will be posting them here on our blog.


By David Kendall
Bishop, FMCUSA

In the summer of 2011, the Free Methodist Church – USA gathered for another of its periodic general conferences. Our lay and clergy leaders, along with hundreds of other committed brothers and sisters, resolved to listen to what the Holy Spirit was saying to our church family. We organized the entire week to seek and respond to God’s direction. We expected God to speak, and God did not disappoint us.

We believe God’s Spirit directed us to identify the cities of the nation and world as strategic mission fields where God’s love must go. If we received this direction from God, we do not have to make the case for obedience. Before we gathered, we had already decided that we would follow the lead of our Lord. As we follow, let me encourage you.


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Embracing All People

The Free Methodist Bishops have identified 9 strategies for us to achieve our vision. We will be posting them here on our blog.


By David Roller
Bishop, FMCUSA

Some folks are easy to hug – others, not so much. The easiest ones to hug are those just like us; they talk like us, dress like us, spend like us and even hug like us. That’s just human nature, to accept those like ourselves; but shouldn’t Christians live a supra-human nature?


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Making Your Church Gatherings Great

The Free Methodist Bishops have identified 9 strategies for us to achieve our vision. We will be posting them here on our blog, starting today. 

By Matthew Thomas
Bishop, FMCUSA

Jesus called Christians to love God, love people and make disciples. This call applies to all Christians everywhere at all times. It is the focused mission of the church. We worship and celebrate God and God’s work in and through us.

That celebration can be fully realized when we obediently do what He calls us to do. Then we will see God at work through people serious in following Him and loving what He loves. Jesus told us how to live, how to love and how to serve. He never told us how to have meetings, though he mentioned some elements that might be part of our gathering together.


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Uniquely Free Methodist

If you’re wondering who we arewhat we believe and what we’re working toward, you’re in the right place. Find out what makes us uniquely Free Methodist.

Mission:

To love God, love people and make disciples.

Vision:

To bring wholeness to the world through healthy biblical communities of holy people multiplying disciples, leaders, groups and churches.

Our bishops have created nine strategies to help us achieve our vision. We’ll explore these strategies through this website and live Vision Casts from our bishops. Along with information about each strategy, we’re including relevant resources for you and your church.

 

You can find this originally posted at http://fmcusa.org/uniquelyfm/ 

Starting next Monday, we will post the nine strategies, as they are made available. But you don’t have to wait for us. You can link there and read ahead if you want.



6 Things Every Good Father Must Do

Roland Warren

6 Things Every Good Father Must Do

When I was president of National Fatherhood Initiative, one of the most frequent questions that I got from fathers was, “What do I need to do to make sure that I am a good dad?”


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Taking the Church’s Biblical Pulse

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llm_jan14_foundationMost churches have a degree of illness in them. This is to be expected. The church is composed of flawed people.

We should not talk about church health without using the Bible. Do we regularly compare our church health to biblical principles? Three key principles make up the foundation of a healthy church.


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America’s Top Gods

 

 

 

 

by Howard Snyder

Idols

Americans are fundamentally polytheists, worshiping at the shrines of many gods.

Many who call themselves Christians are as polytheistic as Hindus. We of course have different names for our gods of prosperity, fertility, good luck, celebrity, or whatever.

Money and success have often been thought of as America’s gods. “God is gold,” “the Almighty Dollar,” and all that. But things have changed over the years. Money has been demoted to a somewhat lesser deity, though still devoutly worshiped.

America’s Top Gods

Here are North America’s seven most popular gods. By “god” I mean something (anything) in our life that commands more loyalty, dedication, and devotion than the one true Living God. Not necessarily the highestloyalty, since many of us are functional polytheists, whatever we claim. But sincere and central devotion.

The question then becomes: What is your or my functional pantheon?

From the biblical perspective, of course, such “gods” are really idols. Idols which the Bible both denounces and mocks.

America’s gods today, in inverse order:


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Living Water’s Healthy Relevance

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Photo by Randy Fath

Photo by Randy Fath

Dalton, Ohio, is a small town of small churches.

The one exception is Living Water Community Church. The healthy Free Methodist congregation’s attendance equals approximately one-third of Dalton’s population (1,830 in the 2010 census). Living Water continues to grow as its members pursue the church’s vision of being real, relevant and relentless.

“We’re real people living relevant lives relentlessly pursuing new life,” Lead Pastor Mark Hirst said. “That vision came out of our leadership team, and really it was a picture of who we already are and who we want to become as well.”

Hirst explained the need for people to be “real in our relationship with one another and to God.” He said Living Water strives to be “relevant in how we present ourselves, especially to those who don’t know who Jesus Christ is yet.”


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