How we can build unity (UMC Town Hall Meetings)

Published August 25, 2022 by John Allen in 


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Recently, a good friend and pastor, Dr. Ron Henderson (who works for the North Texas Conference), shared how much he enjoyed worshipping at First Methodist Carrollton. He said, “My job requires me to visit churches around the Dallas and North Texas area. But when I get to choose where to worship, I choose First Methodist Carrollton. I know there will be Biblical preaching with Spirit-filled worship that feeds my soul.”

At first, I thought he was simply being kind. He insisted that while he appreciated me, he was drawn primarily to how God fed his soul throughout the entire worship experience.

Wow! We are so blessed. God is in this place. The Holy Spirit is moving among us. Jesus is alive and making all things new.

With that being said, we have much work to do. In September, we will hold five home meetings to discuss the unfolding division within the United Methodist Church. In these meetings, I will share information about the growing division in the United Methodist Church and why many churches are choosing to leave.

We hope to

  • clear up misconceptions,
  • answer questions,
  • discuss the options,
  • review the timeline and
  • explain how decisions will be made.

I hope as many of our members as possible will attend one of these home group meetings, and I’m grateful to the Sunday school classes who have offered their homes to sponsor these events. My goal (and prayer) is to build unity in our church body as we discuss the best way forward to share the authority of Scripture, the way of salvation through Christ and to fulfill our mission to “Fill every neighborhood with the Good News of God’s Love.” Click here to sign up for a meeting.

To create unity and congregational community while we move through the next several months of consideration and transition, the Ministry Strategy team elected to move our Sunday worship to one service at 10:30 and Sunday school at 9:00 beginning October 16th. There will also be a church-wide day of prayer to seek God’s guidance and vision for our church. Look for more details in the coming weeks.

This Sunday, I will be preaching on Matthew 22:34-40 and Colossians 3:12-15 as we explore the habits of the leadership of Jesus. Imagine the change in our families, schools, churches, communities and businesses as we become more and more like Jesus.

I hope you join us in worship. You will be glad you did.

See you Sunday,

Pastor John Allen

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