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Mark your Calendars-Saturday, March 24-Pastor's Resourcing Day -Cultural Competency Training with Rev. Dr. Frasier Venter - Laypeople are invited to attend also. More information coming soon!

A simple prayer for our New Year:

Gracious Father,

In this new year, we strive to follow the wisdom the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy found in 1 Timothy 6:11. Strengthen us to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. May we thoughtfully and peacefully interact with all in our work and family as much as it depends upon us.

May joy be ours despite unfortunate circumstances that come our way.

Please guide us in the path of righteousness as we navigate the challenges found within the coming days. May those we come in contact with experience blessing by your hand because we have been faithful.

May all lay hold of eternal life, trusting in Your unfailing promises.

In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen.

On The Adventure With You,

Supt. Tolly

An FM Women's Gathering (held before the Wesley and Holiness Women Clergy Conference) March 6-7, 2024

Our Story 2024 will take place on March 6-7, 2024, immediately prior to the E2024 Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy Conference, held on March 7-9, 2024 in Dallas, TX at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport.  The event is open to Free Methodist women elders, CMC’s, and LMC’s as well as Free Methodist women who are exploring a call to pastoral ministry.

It is FREE! (Attendees or their conferences/sponsors will only need to pay for the additional room night at the Hyatt. Dinner on March 6 is being provided by the denomination.)  It is important that you use the following link to register for your hotel for that night:  Free Methodist Women's Gathering (hyatt.com). This is the link you will need to register for Our Story:  Our Story 2024 (wufoo.com)

Please Note: This registration is only for the “Our Story 2024” pre-conference. If you are attending E2024 March 7-9, then you will need to register for that conference through the WHWC E2024 website.

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How Do You Serve Your Community Without Knowing Them?

by ACS Technologies

Understanding and knowing your community is crucial for churches. This may be obvious, but have you taken a recent look at your community and how you’re meeting their needs? Research from Barna, HuffPost, and others shows how communities are not connecting how their local churches are serving them. Maybe it’s time to step back and evaluate if your community is realizing the value your church is providing.

What Areas Should You Evaluate?

Ministry Effectiveness

Knowing your community’s demographics, needs, and challenges enables you to tailor ministries and programs that address specific issues and provide relevant support.

Relevance and Connection

Understanding your local population helps your church stay relevant to the lives of the people you serve. This helps establish a deeper connection with individuals and families, fostering a sense of community and belonging.

Cultural Sensitivity

Different communities have diverse cultural backgrounds, traditions, and values. By being aware of these cultural nuances, your church can engage with the community respectfully and sensitively, avoiding misunderstandings and promoting inclusivity.

Outreach and Evangelism

Knowing your community enables you to identify opportunities for outreach and evangelism. This understanding allows you to communicate messages that resonate with the people, making them more likely to be received positively.

Social Justice and Community Service

Awareness of community issues helps churches engage in social justice initiatives and community service. Your Church can play a vital role in addressing local needs, such as poverty, homelessness, and healthcare, by tailoring efforts to the specific challenges faced by the community.

Collaboration and Partnerships

Building relationships with other community organizations and leaders becomes more effective when you understand the dynamics of the local community. Collaborative efforts can lead to a significant positive impact with the combination of resources.

Adaptation to Change

Communities evolve. Awareness of these changes allows your church to adapt its strategies and ministries accordingly. This adaptability is essential for your church’s long-term sustainability and relevance within the community.

Community Building

Churches can actively contribute to building a strong sense of community by organizing events, activities, and programs that resonate with the interests and needs of the people they serve.

In summary, understanding the community is foundational for your church’s ability to serve, connect, and positively impact the lives of its members and the broader community. It helps align your church’s mission with the needs of the people, fostering a more meaningful and effective ministry.

Click here to request a pdf copy of Knowing Your Neighbor To Better Serve Your Community

Looking Ahead:

February 17-Dinner By The Lake, Durley Camp & Retreat Center

March 4-FMX SUMMIT and

March 5-7-Exponential Global Conference – First Baptist Church, Orlando, FL

March 6-7-Our Story, An FM Women's Gathering and

March 7-9, E2024 Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy Conference, Hyatt Regency at DFM International Airport, Dallas, TX

March 24-Pastor's Resourcing Day-Cultural Competency Training with Rev. Dr. Fraser Venter


Leadership Summit, Saturday, April 20, Greenville FMC

Click here for more information

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Superintendent's Schedule:

January 10-Illinois Faith and Recovery Collaboration Meeting

January 7-Consecrated Deacons Service-Moundford, Decatur, IL

January 10-Illinois Faith and Recovery Collaboration

January 11-BOA Meeting

January 21-Lamar FMC

January 23-MEGA Meeting

February 3-Latino Roundtable

February 17-Dinner By The Lake

February 20-MEGA Meeting

March 4-7, FMX Summit + Global Exponential Conference

March 24-Pastor's Resourcing Day-Cultural Competency with Rev. Dr. Frasier Venter

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