Augusta District

 

Augusta District Newsletter, 11-19-16

1.  Federal Overtime Rules –

http://www.ngumc.org/newsdetail/overtime-rules-effective-december-1-5767343

Pastors, you and your SPR committees need to decide how best to handle these new laws.  Consistency is key.

2.  1-15-17 - Fresh Expressions Seminar, at the Global Ministries Building -

Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fresh-expressions-spark-day-tickets-28371790790

3.  Move-Stay forms - http://www.ngumc.org/MinisterialServices

This link has both the clergy preference forms and the SPRC input form.  These are due in my office by the end of business on Jan 12th.  Pastors, see to it that your SPR chair receives their form.

4.  Calendar:

Coming soon –

District Administrative Training (Dec. 4) at Harlem UMC (115 W Milledgeville Rd, Harlem, GA 30814)

Training Offered for Administrative Committees

3pm-3:55pm - SPR Committee Training, Rev. Terry Fleming

3pm-3:55pm - Board of Trustees, Dr, Mike Cash

4pm-4:55pm - Finance Committee, Keith Cox

4pm-4:55pm - Administrative Council Members, Rev. Herzen Andone

Bishop Sue’s visit to the district - Dec. 11, Laity (and those Part Time Local Pastors who work on Monday!) Townhall; 

      Dec. 12, Full Time Clergy and Part Time Local Pastors Townhall

5.  From the DS – New Wineskins

We are facing a crisis of the consumer-oriented church vs. the missionally-minded church.

Mike Slaughter writes about his ministry at Ginghamsburg UMC in his book, The Passionate Church:

“I was ill-prepared for an appointment to a small, rural, family controlled church that was perfectly content to remain just that.  I realized from the beginning that the biggest key to change would be transforming the congregation’s mindset from a consumer mentality to one that was missional.

…About twenty people staffed those committees, and their primary function was controlling and approving the ministry that I, as the pastor, was then supposed to go out and do..…the pastor eventually becomes the cork in the bottle, limiting ministry and mission to the narrowest of confines…over time, the pastor basically becomes the caregiver to a stagnant and declining congregation….Nothing can grow where new ideas are perpetually stifled.”

Of course, he was able to lead this church to being missional…though not without pain and the loss of many members along the way.  What are you prepared to sacrifice? 

From my notes at the cabinet summit:  “There will always be casualties.  How much loss will you tolerate?  Systematic abandonment – what will you keep, and what will you give up?  For DS’s – which churches have already chosen to die, even if they won’t face it?”

If we and our churches are willing to be missionally minded, we turn to face a secular culture that is against Christianity and/or against institutional religion.  The old “attractional model” that simply sat, and waited for visitors to drop in and join us, is gone the way of the dodo.  We must go out to the world, and win them – all the while, facing their biases against us!  The rising generation is tech savvy (our old flannel graphs won’t work on them); they are not interested in maintaining large physical plants; and they will not be pew-sitters but community servants.  I hear Sean Connery in the movie “The Untouchables,” saying to Elliott Ness – “What are you prepared to do?”

See the calendar for a seminar in January on “Fresh Expressions” -  http://freshexpressionsus.org/about/

I am not a doomsayer, but I am not naive.  The church will continue, by God’s grace, but we Methodists face a valley of dry bones.  Can these bones live?  Yes, if the wind of God’s Spirit will blow.  We cannot manipulate the providential move of God’s Spirit.  What we can do is to seek repentance, prayer, and faithfulness; seek out our neighbors and love them; and change our methods to serve our mission.  The old wineskins are about to burst.  Are we prepared to try new things?  What are you prepared to do?

Yours for the Kingdom,

Terry Fleming

Augusta District Superintendent

PO Box 204600
Augusta, GA  30907

Office:  706-651-8621

Fax:  706-651-8622

Cell:  678-447-6034

 

"Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger."  Prov. 29:8

 

 

 

 


 
 

 

District Superintendent


Terry Fleming
(706) 651-8621
terry.fleming@ngumc.net
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Administrative Assistant

Tina Lancaster
(706) 651-8621
agst@ngumc.net

Contact Information

Office Address:
3332 West Cliffe Court
Augusta, GA 30907

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 204600
Augusta, GA 30917

(706) 651-8621 Phone
(706) 651-8622 Fax

agst@ngumc.net
http://www.ngumc.org/agst