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Danville United Methodist Church
820 West Mill Street
Welcome to Danville United Methodist Church! We’re so glad you are here.
Danville United Methodist Church
|From Pastor Wilson:
Did you know that you are a minister?
Beginning around thirty years ago, the United Methodist Church began shifting its understanding of ministry as each General Conference met (until now, once every four years). Every Full Member became identified as a minister. About two General Conferences ago that shifting continued to include all baptized persons “All Christians are called through their baptism to this ministry of servanthood in the world to the glory of God and for human fulfillment.” (paragraph 126, 2016 Book of Discipline)
Now, before you start marrying couples or visiting in the prisons, let me affirm that there is the ministry of the laity and the ministry of the clergy (for which you get a card from the Bishop!). There is even a definition of clergy: “Clergy in The United Methodist Church are individuals who serve as commissioned ministers, deacons, elders, and local pastors (full- and part-time), who hold membership in an annual conference, and who are commissioned, ordained, or licensed.” (paragraph 142, Ibid)
During the months of September and October we’re going to be uplifting ministry. This will begin with a “Celebration of Holy Communion” and during that worship I’m pointing out that the work you do is your ministry. For the next two weeks we’ll be reviewing Jesus’s parables that apply to the ministries we share. And on the last Sunday in September I’ve invited Diane Gattone to be our guest preacher. She is applying to the Indiana Conference to be commissioned at the next Annual Conference in June, 2018. October finds us looking at future ministries that are beginning to happen in our day and age and on October 15th we’ll be devoting the worship hour to Laity Sunday. You’ll be asked to do some special things that Sunday in worship!
Many will remember a day and age in which “minister” was a term applied to the pastor of a congregation. Those individuals were set aside as being called by God, directed to bring in new people as members of the local church, and then were moved from congregation to congregation every eighteen to twenty-four months (at least in the Methodist tradition)! Today there are “Professionals in Ministry.” Their ministry can include education, social work, chaplaincy, community development, youth ministry, counseling, shelters for battered women or runaway teens, political action, social justice, peace ministries, coffee house ministries, administrative leadership, music ministries, race relations, legal assistance, as well as parish ministry. In some of our seminaries less than 40% feel called into parish ministry! God is doing a great thing and preparing even greater things ahead. And ministry will continue to change and look very different than we can possibly imagine.
You are a minister! Your ministry may look very different than how you ever conceived of ministry in the past. But, and, you are still needed as a minister.
I look forward to sharing IN ministry with you for a long time (God willing “and the creek don’t rise”). This is going to continue to be fun!
Be a part of our beautiful Meditation by purchasing an Engraved Paver. You choose the wording to be engraved on your brick. There are many ways to personalize. A few ideas include:
In Honor of a Special Mentor…
The choice is yours. The cost is $100 for a 4” x 8” paving stone and $190 for an 8” x 8” paver. Net proceeds will be used towards the new church building and needed new furnishings. The entire cost of the paver is tax-deductible.
Pick up your order form at the door of the garden or get on line at www.danvilleumc.org.