Tuesday, September 14, 2010

UMs ‘Strongly Desire’ Worldwide Ministry; Seek Greater Equality, Power-Sharing and Freedom Outside US

Rev. Forbes Matonga, Zimbabwe West Annual Conference
Connectional Table member and member of the Committee to Study the Worldwide UMC


As we come to the end of our listening process as the Worldwide Nature of the UMC Study Committee, and as we approach the most critical phase of writing the report, we believe we have listened carefully to the voices of the United Methodists across the connection as well as from those to whom we relate in the larger Methodist Family.

We have listened to organized United Methodist groups in the United States and the general agencies, we have held listening posts in the Philippines, Liberia, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Côte d’Ivoire and we have heard from the central conferences and the annual conferences through the vote on the constitutional amendments. We believe we have heard.

Brothers and sisters, your committee is at this point where wisdom to guide our denomination is critical especially from the Connectional Table and the Council of Bishops. At its fourth meeting held in Côte d’Ivoire, the Study Committee has identified the following four areas where we will focus our work:

1. A churchwide covenant
2. Global models
3. A global Book of Discipline
4. General Agencies

We believe these have the potential to help us achieve our missional mandate as a Church as well as help us all to live together as the Church in such a way that will help us share our mission, resources and power equitably.

To read more about these four areas of our work, visit the Study Committee Goals document below:

Goals of the Committee to Study the Worldwide Nature of The United Methodist Church

Study Committee website address: www.worldwideumc.org