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Leadership in Tumultuous Times

Greetings pastors and leaders!
Bishop Cowart and the Superintendents of the South Region of FMCUSA have created another instructional video on the subject of LEADERSHIP IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES for pastors. These videos are intended to encourage and uplift our leadership approach at the local church.  Please schedule a time to watch it and feel free to ask questions and make comments about subjects you may desire to be presented in the future.  
Thank you for your ongoing service to your church and the mission of God!
On the Adventure,
Supt. Ben 

The video for session 2 of “Leadership in Tumultuous Times”:
Link for the first video:
Introducing The Free Methodist Way
What If There Were No Free Methodists?
Over the past nine months, we (the Board of Bishops) have dared to ask if our movement still has relevance for the kingdom of God today. As a result, we have come to the dual conclusion that the need for a movement like ours is at least as critical today as it was in 1860, but we are suffering from something of an identity crisis.

... So we have asked God to give us a clear sense of who He is calling us to be as Free Methodists for such a time as this.

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by Jeff Finley

While The Free Methodist Way statement is new, it articulates a 161-year-old heritage of life-giving holiness, love-driven justice, Christ-compelled multiplication, cross-cultural collaboration and God-given revelation. These core values are reflected in the experiences of many new and longtime Free Methodists who shared with Light + Life what attracted them to their church or encouraged them to remain faithful members.

As The Free Methodist Way states, “we hold unwaveringly to our conviction that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.” Two new Free Methodists, Gary and Helen Skinner, discussed how this faithfulness to Scripture recently led them to the Marion Free Methodist Church in Iowa.

“Late in winter 2020, we became determined to find a church whose values still parallel what the Bible says. With the help of a friend who had researched that very subject, it was determined that the FMC was a good candidate. On our first visit we could tell the Holy Spirit was alive and well,” the couple said in an email to Light + Life. “It became obvious that the church had strong principles that were lacking from our previous church.”

As The Free Methodist Way notes, “Jesus’ approach to discipleship was primarily a relational one.” The Skinners said that “Pastor Peter Shaw’s tireless energy seems to rub off on everyone in the church,” and they “liked the fact that we were accepted as part of the FMC family from the day we stepped foot in the door. Everyone was so friendly and talked to us. We have attended churches that didn’t even know you were in their church after many visits. We feel like we can grow with Christ and His Word in the FMC. The people of the FMC truly live by what the Bible teaches.” 

Upcoming Events
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February 20-Frostbite

April 17-Lunch On the Lake 2021

Durley Summer 2021 Camp Schedule:
June 4-6-Senior Teen Weekend
June 7-13-Family Camp Week
June 14-18-Young Teen 1
June 23-25-Trailblazer
June 26-Day Camp
June 28-July 2-Young Teen 2
July 5-8-Guide

August 7- Date Change: One-Day Leadership Summit (more details coming soon)

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The Gateway Conference Office exists to energize and equip pastors and lay leaders to M.O.V.E.:

Mission Assessment
Organize Data
Visioneer A New Future
Engage The Plan
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