To reform the nation – and particularly the church – a vision for the church

Our church has done something a bit odd with our language. As we’ve been asking questions about what we’re doing and where we’re going, we keep going back to old language––language that takes some considering. It’s not that easy acrostic to explain everything we do (Justice Evangelism Service Utmost for His Highest Something else)… Instead, we’ve been captivated by the way John Wesley described the early Methodists.

“What’s God’s design in raising up the Preachers called Methodists?”

“Not to form any new sect; but to reform the nation, particularly the Church; and to spread scriptural holiness over the land.”[1. From the “Large” Minutes, question 3.]

What does it mean to reform the nation, particularly the Church? Could this be God’s design for us in the Church now?

I shared on this topic with some of our leaders recently. I decided to use a different form of presentation, a PechaKucha. Show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically while you share. It’s a great and challenging way to make a short presentation––the whole thing in about 7 minutes. And it’s exhilarating, too––the slides are advancing, whether you’re ready or not!

Here’s that presentation, asking where the work of God can be seen most clearly:

(If the video doesn’t show on screen for you, see it at Vimeo here.)

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