Methodists urged to get serious about mission
The newly elected President of the Methodist Conference has urged the Church to ‘take God seriously’ and put evangelism back on the agenda ...
The newly elected President of the Methodist Conference has urged the Church to ‘take God seriously’ and put evangelism back on the agenda.
In his inaugural address at the Conference in Southport, the Rev Steve Wild challenged each Methodist church in Britain to aim to bring just one person to faith in the coming year, saying: “Let’s take God seriously. I want to help us in the task of evangelism, to put mission on the agenda and give our churches an aim to win a person for Christ.”
“We cannot sit back in complacency,” he continued. “We have a massive Kingdom of God task. I'm wanting this year to challenge each church to bring one person to faith – to make one new member this next year, let’s make bringing people to faith the main point, we don't do it alone. The unconditional love of Jesus is our motivation.”
He told those gathered at the Conference that John Wesley only had 10 guineas to his name when he died. Wesley’s will directed that four of these guineas should pay four unemployed men to carry his coffin and the remainder be distributed among his poorest preachers.
“What else did he leave behind?” Steve asked. “Changed lives – hundreds of them, Christian communities dotted all over this country and in other parts of the world, fellowships seeking to take God seriously. Oh that we may all draw to the foot of the cross and experience this powerful love and make this our legacy – one of transformed lives and communities!”