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TEARING DOWN WALLS. BUILDING UP HOPE.
Prayers for the Upcoming Elders meeting, with the
Board of Administration and Structure Review Team
“God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! God does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, God’s Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!”
Ephesians 3: 20-21, The Message
As 2009 comes to a close, the Moderator and Board of Elders of MCC ask your prayers for a Holy-Spirit filled meeting in Austin, Texas (USA), December 7 through 11th. As you engage in your daily acts of prayer, please hold us and the work that we do in your hearts.
During this very important meeting, we will be hearing from the Structure Review Team which has been collecting data, analyzing it, hearing from MCC members, clergy and lay delegates, from all over the world for many months. They will be making a recommendation to us concerning moving forward with a sustainable structure that will best serve our churches and global ministry in the coming decade or more.
Our hope is that as the Elders and Board of Administration meet together with the Structure Review Team (the chair, Rev. Tony Freeman, will be present with us, and the other team members will join us virtually), we will be able to come up with a clear and creative proposal that we will be sharing with all of MCC in January. We will then have from January until our General Conference in June/July in Acapulco to refine the proposal with feedback from all our constituents. We will also be inviting some feedback from allies outside of MCC, with special expertise, to also comment and make suggestions.
We want to bring a proposal that is true to what you have been saying to us, and that reflects the deepest hopes and aspirations of our churches and our people, and that is true to the vision and mission we believe is still at the heart of MCC’s everywhere: to tear down walls and build up hope.
During this December meeting, the Elders will also be meeting with the Interim Director of Operations and the Director of the Office of Leadership Formation and Development. We will be finalizing the 2010 budget detail. We will continue to work on how to best support our cluster teams (there are now thirty of them globally), and to continue to resource churches according to size.
And, we will be making time for prayer, worship, conversation, and planning for 2010, including General Conference. Some of us will take the opportunity to worship with MCC Austin the following Sunday.
There is no question but that this has been a challenging year. And, at the same time, the Board of Elders wants you to know that we believe that God is with us through every challenge and change; that MCC still has an unfinished calling in an unfinished world; that the battle against religiously based homophobia is a global struggle; and we are so proud of our churches, pastors and lay leaders who persevere, grow churches, plant churches and engage in life-saving ministries every single day around the world.
We ask your prayers that we might focus on one thing: the Spirit’s best plan for our denomination/movement as we face the realities and opportunities that these times offer.
In the name of the reason for the season, Jesus,
Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches
“We believe that God is with us through every challenge and change…”
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