“Take my grandchildren to Sunday school.” These were the final words I was to hear from my neighbor who died of brain cancer in 2014. How could I do that? They lived in Japan at the time. Their parents, as far as I knew, weren’t into church either. This didn’t let me off the hook because a year ago the family moved from Japan into my neighbor’s home, and now her grandchildren are right across our driveway. I see them nearly every day. And I’ve discovered that Sunday school can happen more than just on Sundays and more than just at my church. Right now it’s highly unlikely they would go to my church, but guess what, God brought the church to them through me and my wife.
Even though I’m committed to our United Methodist Church’s mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, I don’t always do a good job. I many times get so involved inside my church, doing church stuff with church folk, that disciple making outside rarely happens in an intentional way. I don’t know about you, but I need help.
That’s why I’m excited about the launch of regional Missional Peer Learning Groups. These are designed to help persons like me, and church leaders and teams, with ideas, encouragement, accountability and prayer as we make all make disciples where God places us. I encourage you to consider trying out one of these groups. Just contact the person below and they’ll help you get connected. Or feel free to contact me.
- Dyer (near Chicago) – Jim Clark (email@example.com)
- Fort Wayne – Steve Mekaru (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Centerville (near Richmond) – Jason Morris (email@example.com)
- Brazil – Rick Koch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Indianapolis – Mike Mather (email@example.com)
- Pfrimmer’s Chapel (near Corydon) – Tim Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Together we’re stronger! God is doing a new thing. Let’s not miss out!
— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director of Church Development