This issue of Shalom News shares highlights from the March 15-16, 2014 Celebration of Church Life (CCL) weekend. It is impossible, however, to fully capture the work of God’s Spirit through the worship, testimonies, addresses, and one-on-one conversations that took place. Celebration of Church Life provides space for our fellowship of congregations to gather to more fully understand what is happening in the life of the conference.
Throughout the CCL weekend, the emphasis centered on the third focus area of 2020 Vision: We See New Life — Equip Disciples. Throughout the coming year, congregations are invited to “equip others” to better understand God’s call on their life and ministry. Do we believe that every believer is involved in ministry? Do we believe that every believer should be trained and equipped to be a disciple-maker? In what ways can our congregations train disciples and leaders for the work of mission and ministry?
CCL provides opportunities for individuals, congregations, and organizations to share stories of God’s call on their life and ministry. In many of the stories (several of which you will find in this issue of Shalom News), people followed the nudge from God’s Spirit and stepped out in faith. These persons often felt they were not fully equipped. How can our congregations minister in the Spirit with spiritual gifts to maximize the resources of God’s people?
Go! Equip disciples to fulfill their Spirit-given call.
It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of light,
it was the season of darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us,
we had nothing before us,
we were all going direct to heaven,
we were all going direct the other way . . .
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L. Keith Weaver
LMC Shalom News Team
Joanne H. Dietzel
M. Laura Stoner Managing Editor
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