|A Commitment to Unity in Mission and Ministry|
Background—In lively conversation over the past two years the Council of Bishops articulated seven "vision pathways" to serve as guides for leadership to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The Council referred the seven pathways to the Connectional Table and the General Agencies of the church and the seven have fueled a lively, creative and productive discussion. Out of this discussion, the General Secretaries of the Program Agencies and the Commissions of the church with affirmation of their boards of directors, identified four areas of collaboration to resource the church and bring broad-based alignment around a shared, focused and compelling mission.
This resolution is a call to the people of The United Methodist Church to engage this broad vision as we respond to God’s gracious love and Christ’s call to faithful discipleship. It is a call to practice both personal holiness and social holiness, hallmarks of discipleship by which we live the United Methodist Way.
Whereas the mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world;
Whereas the Council of Bishops has expressed a vision of mission and ministry that articulates the aspirations and ministries prevalent across The United Methodist Connection and the general agencies have responded by identifying four areas of emphasis that live out the vision for the current quadrennium and beyond;
Whereas the spirit of collaboration and shared ministry through the Council of Bishops, the Connectional Table, the general agencies and the annual conferences is infusing new energy and recommitment to assure vitality and effectiveness across the Connection;
Whereas the following four areas of emphasis provide crucial avenues for shared labor and witness:
- leadership development with particular focus on leading the United Methodist way of discipleship,
- congregational development and new church starts,
- ministry with the poor with particular attention to caring for and protecting children,
- global health by confronting the diseases of poverty including HIV, malaria and tuberculosis.
Be it resolved that we, the (name of church, annual conference, or agency);
Commit ourselves to work in a spirit of unity with all across the Connection and with our ecumenical partners to give form to new expressions of shared mission and ministry,
Commit ourselves to cooperatively foster "A Future of Hope" whereby United Methodist Christians are encouraged and equipped to perform mission and ministry as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Commit ourselves to intentionally and collaboratively address the four emphases of, leadership development, congregational development, ministry with the poor and global health as we prepare for General Conference 2008 and in planning and budgeting for mission and ministry in 2009-12.