“Why has God called your congregation into existence where you are located? Is that call changing, if so, how?”
Our church is placed just outside a tiny town in rural North Carolina. It was a very typical United Methodist church until just a few years ago, when a former Catholic came and began a contemporary worship service. Now we’re a unique mix of backgrounds and ages all united in worship and mission.
Our location provides lots of opportunities for mission work within our small community and for those outside of it. Our members are open to needs within the community and are not afraid to step out in new directions. A recent addition affords plenty of space to share with others, and we are working to live life with those who might need to see Jesus in new ways.
Is God’s call for our church changing? I think He’s always calling us to love as He loves and to be His hands and feet. The avenues He provides to do that can change, however, and perhaps in small ways ours are. We just sent 15 kids to church camp for the very first time, and our elementary youth group is stretching its wings. We’re starting a grief support group this Fall. We’re utilizing social media to stay connected and informed more than ever, and that includes praying for each other and sharing joys and concerns.