Ministries of Rural Chaplains
WHEREAS, the General Conferencefor the past four quadrenniahas affirmed the Rural Chaplains Association and the ministries of rural chaplains, and called on The United Methodist Church to prepare rural chaplains as a significant means of enabling renewal in town/villages, and rural churches and communities globally; and
WHEREAS, the Rural Chaplains Association has women, men, laity, and clergy members, both United Methodist and ecumenical, in the global community; and
WHEREAS, rural chaplains are lay and clergy persons who have sensed the call to live in, work with, and advocate for town and rural persons, families, congregations, and communities; and
WHEREAS, special emphasis is placed on advocacy for justice issues among all people, regardless of ethnicity, gender, age or economic status; and
WHEREAS, rural chaplains meet annually for support, encouragement, networking, resourcing, and enrichment by means of focus events to enrich person-related chaplaincy-type skills, Biblical understandings and experiential exposures related to issues such as immigration, migrant workers, farm works, rural businesses and communities; and
WHEREAS, rural chaplains work with other prophetic persons/groups on the local level who are committed to long-term involvement aimed at developing local and outside resources to assist with transformation of the lives of rural congregations and communities; and
WHEREAS, the Rural Chaplains Association greatly empowers the development of lay leadership, serves as one way of recognizing the gifts and graces of rural peoples, and unleashes new possibilities for God's spirit to move across the countryside; and
WHEREAS, rural chaplains are an asset to the General Board of Global Ministries in its ministry through the four emphases of the General Church, and especially with the Rural Chaplains' ongoing relationship with the Rural Urban Network (RUN); and
WHEREAS, the Rural Chaplains Association continues to work to expand its international/global linkages by exposing participants to the cultural, economic, political, ecological and religious life of their people;
Therefore be it resolved, that Rural Chaplains continue to be recognized as having a special relationship to the General Board of Global Ministries as those called to serve others; and
Be it further resolved, that The United Methodist Church commend and reaffirm its commitment to the Rural Chaplains Association as rural chaplains continue to carry out their ministries with hurting people and communities; and
Be it further resolved, that the General Board of Global Ministries be encouraged to continue an active relationship with the Rural Chaplains Association in the future.
AMENDED AND READOPTED2012
RESOLUTION #3396, 2008 BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS
See Social Principles, ¶ 162 P.
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.