The objective of this Congregational Conference is to affirm our mission at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville and clarify who we are and what it means for us to be faithful to our mission. The Leadership Team has initiated this conversation because the decisions made at the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis threaten the core values that we feel are vital to our life together. We believe this work will enable us to move forward in strength and health.
We love this church. We strive together to be the hands and feet of Christ. In doing so, we make our church and community stronger.
Jesus teaches, “I have not come to condemn the world, but to save it.” We can’t condemn one another and further God’s kingdom. For generations, we have been a church full of grace whose members worked together despite any differences to fulfill our mission. We are all equal and entitled to equal treatment. We have always proven that we are better together. While we may have differences of opinion, we have a passion for Jesus’ teachings and we are on fire for doing God’s work. We want to continue that work living into our Mission Statement. It is important for us to have an ongoing and open conversation about things on which we disagree.
Accordingly, the Leadership Team proposes that FUMC Waynesville, in full congregational conference, state by acclamation the following:
The members of FUMC Waynesville welcome all and love all.
We are better together.
Purpose: To equip and encourage our members to invite, welcome, receive, and care for all individuals so they may encounter the love and grace of God in Jesus Christ.
Purpose: To glorify God, to nourish the faith of our members, and to provide an invitation and entryway for others to come to faith.
Purpose: To provide substantive opportunities for all to gain a deeper understanding (head and heart) of God and grow in their faith as committed followers of Jesus Christ.
Purpose: To encourage and equip persons to respond to human need through financial giving as well as “hands-on” experiences in mission in the community and beyond.