When I was growing up one of my favorite superheroes was Captain Planet and I can remember watching this great show about eco-justice and marveling at how the Planeteers (kids with special rings, each able to control elements of nature) were able to make the world a better place. Each Planeteer had substantial power on their own to do good and resist evil with their powers of earth, fire, wind, water and heart; but it was only together that they could summon Captain Planet and every episode would reach this climatic moment and teammates working together to save the world.
We Can Do Better Ministry through Partnering
Community United Methodist Church has a lot of resources to make the world a better place through our missions and other ministries; however on our own we have a limited potential to change the world. Even if look at the United Methodist Church as a whole with a budget of approximately $150 million a year and 12 million people around, we don't have all the resources and human resources necessary to change the world on our own. So like the planeteers, we often join our efforts with others in ministry partnerships locally and globally in order to transform the world.
One Body and Many Members
Partnering allows for different people to use their gifts and graces and combine them to care for others. Everyone, yes everyone, has something to offer as we seek to do good in the world. Paul described the Church as one body with many members and each part of the body has something unique to contribute. Eyes see. Ears hear. Partnering with other organization gives our body more opportunities, more gifts and graces, more skills, more access. Partnering causes more connections with people outside of our congregation and causes new relationships are formed. Partnering helps the body to grow.
An Example of Partnering: Beach Bags
We are partners with College Park Elementary School in our Beach Bags program. Community and other churches and organizations can collect the food, but it is the College Park Elementary School that has the system in place to distribute the food to children and families in need of food assistance. Without partnering with our local schools, Partnering with outside organization gives us a chance for greater and more efficient missional impact in our community and beyond. Our partnership makes sure that children in our city have something to eat each and every day during the school year.
Current List of Local Partnerships
Here is a list of our ministry partnerships (ministries where we work with other outside organizations, please forgive me if I left anything out):
Will you join us in partnering our way toward the transformation of the world? If you have an idea for a mission partnership or if you have an organization that we should consider partnering with to better the local community, please contact your Outreach Ministry Group. Together with our shared gifts and graces and our partnerships in the local community we will make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Grace and Peace be with you,
It is good to be back at work and back to blogging about missions, outreach, and growing younger as a congregation after our brief break for Holy Week and my vacation. Sabbath and Rest are important parts of our lives. As I return to my regular "routine," I continue to be excited about the ministry opportunities that are happening at Community and that are on the horizon as we seek to live into God's Kingdom together.