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Getting Back To Basics as “We Envision Our Way Forward Taking Care of God's Business”

I would like to share and revisit an article I read in the Christian Advocate, The General Organ of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Nashville TN September 26, 1930. The subscriber was Bishop C.H. Phillips, who lived in Cleveland, Ohio at that time. The Article is titled “The Harvest” and the author chose to remain anonymous. 

 “The Next Harvest”

No aptitude would be found in saying at the opening of the autumn, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended; and I am no saved.” The ineptness of the language would be due to the fact that our country, in our day, the summer is not regarded as a fruitful season for spirituality. The Churches are then at low tide in every way. There are few people in the pews; the pastors are not working at high pressure---Many of them are on vacation; the choirs are disorganized; the Sunday schools are scattered. Church members are taking some time off and not groaning after perfection. A deeper work of grace is not expected in these summers; and what is the probability that a sinner will be converted on the beach or the ocean steamer? Well the summer is past; the invigorating atmosphere of autumn will receive the spirit of man and should put new purpose into the Churches. The winter is coming, the modern church calendar will provide nine or ten months for strenuous activity. If the Churches are to do the work of the kingdom in a ten-month year, they must use all the days in it. They will have to organize their forces and plan their work as carefully as ever did Israel when it drew up its men and Jehovah led the march. Without judicious arrangement of workers Churches will fail. Wisdom, tact, sympathy, patience, kindness, brotherly love, these are all necessary in the scheme of cooperation and endeavor. But even these will prove ineffective unless the spirit of prayer pervades the congregation. And here is the test. Can the people be induced to pray? Do they believe in the efficiency of prayer? Do they know what to pray is? Do they know how to pray, even if they want to pray? If these questions are to be answered in the negative the case for the Church is desperate---as difficult as for an army whose soldiers know nothing of artillery and are devoid of daring.

Does the cry of a soul, “I am not saved, “stir any concern in our congregations? Yes, thank God there are unnumbered Christians whose hearts are pierced by such a cry; but also, there are too many Churches in which the saving of souls is so far obscured that one fears the thought is not even present. No better exhortation could be given the Churches than that as winter comes on plans to be made for revivals. Yes revivals. The days of pleading with men and women to draw nigh to God are not past. Perhaps, indeed almost certainly, the unchurched multitudes will not be in attendance. But oh, what a revival would blaze up if Church members themselves would meet for days and nights to sing and pray and speak with one another about their spiritual welfare. The meeting would soon be the “talk of the town.” Then hungry hearted wanders would join them and the flame would spread. Our General Conference appointed a Spiritual Life Commission; it spoke of Pentecostal year. Our bishops have addressed the Church on the need of spiritual renewal. Hundreds of godly men and women are privately praying for a Church-wide revival. While all this prospect is before the Churches, the opportunity is present for every congregation to make evangelism its major aim, and to become effective in attaining its results. No heed should be taken of such voices as that which spoke in a popular periodical a few weeks ago, saying “Evangelism has failed in this country.” The fact is that but for evangelism in this country a blight would be on our Churches like that in continental Europe. Evangelism has made our Churches strong and only by it will they continue to live and be mighty agencies of redemption.

This piece of history along with others is held at the Rev. Mance Jackson library. I discovered the library when I was assigned to Shy Temple CME, Atlanta, GA. A special thanks to Sis. Joy Jackson.

We are, The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church recognizing the importance of Christ in our daily lives.Back To Basics Continuing in Prayer

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Month of January

Getting Back To Basics as “We Envision Our Way Forward Taking Care of God's Business”

Happy New Year!

Wow! Where did the time go? It seemed like a few days ago we were in Birmingham at the General Conference. Yet, here we are at the beginning of a New Year 2019- “To God be the Glory”. Let me drop this in your spirit. How do you plan to advance the body of Christ this year? Before you answer, “pause”, take a deep breath and formulate your answer. I read a quote about insanity that says “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. The church has moments of insanity. The church I am referring to is the ecclesia, the body of Christ. 

God has brought us into another year. But, how dare us squander the opportunity to be change agents for the Christ. While “Getting Back to Basics” we cannot operate from a mind-set of insanity. We must become change agents, change agents who understand the power of changing the narrative. What narrative? The narrative of normal, the narrative of good, the narrative of we used to and the narrative of we have always done things this way.

During this season of resolutions, Christmastide and Epiphany are you looking to become a change agent for Christ? Will you seek to change, reshape or restructure the narrative of declining membership, decaying churches, pastors ill prepared for the task of ministry, racial inequalities, dumbing down our children, and the irrelevance of church in society? 

Let us create worship experiences and sacred spaces that will meet the spiritual, physical and mental needs of the various communities where The Christian Methodist Episcopal church has a presence and potential presence.

Our local churches can be a liberating presence in the public square--physical, emotional, physiological and spiritual. The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church can have the ability to start the conversation and use models for Evangelism and Missions in the areas of church planting, church revitalization, church growth and church expansion. Prayer is the foundation on which we will build upon and Getting Back to Basics gives us the direction.

In the Episcopal Address the conclusion section on page 31; helps us to see what’s before us and what the college of Bishops envisions. Found within the pages of the prophetic conclusion are several key components with people, process and procedures of the church that will be instrumental to our future. In several parts of the conclusion we find these words “We see it! Can you see it?"

“We see it! Can you see it?" The absence of insanity means becoming agents of change. We must get MAD at the status quo, MAD enough to Make A Difference (MAD). Yes, God has brought us into a New Year but we can get stuck in a certain moment, day, week, month, year or decade. Let this year be your best for Christ. A year of accolades and achievements, a year bursting with belief, a year complete in confidence, a year divined and destined, a year of excitement and essential, a year faithful and full-filling, a year Giving God the Glory!

We are after all, The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church recognizing the importance of Christ in our daily lives.

Month of December

Back To Basics Continuing in Prayer

 

December 2, 2018

As a part of the CME Church quadrennial theme: "Getting Back to Basics As We Envision Our Way Forward In Taking Care of God's Business", we are headed into our 5th month of prayer. To God be the Glory!

I’m excited because the prayer wheel keeps on turning. We have witnessed miracles of healing and restoration. The facilitators and participants on the prayer line have developed a deeper and more intimate relationship with God. In addition, we have developed a kindred and affectionate awareness for each other. It’s a great sacrifice for many. However, we thank God for the passion of those who join us Monday thru Friday mornings at 6:30 AM in every time zone. It has truly been a blessing in the prayer room via-Conference Call. God is answering prayers. 

I am excited to be working with our connectional prayer coordinator, Rev. Bonita Collins-Hobb from the Seventh Episcopal District. Congratulations! She brings much to our ministry of prayer and I know more will be forthcoming.

Beloved, please be reminded “Through prayer we will seek God’s face for wisdom and guidance and for the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to assist us in our efforts of getting back to the basics” (Bishop Bobby R. Best Quadrennial address page 20).

A continued call to prayer:

Be reminded that in all Episcopal Districts in the Continental United States, Jamaica and Haiti, prayer will begin at 6:30 A.M. in your current local time zone. In addition, prayer will be led by various persons throughout the connection. All calls will take place Monday thru Friday during the month of December beginning Monday, December 3, 2018.

Dial in number: 515-604-9706

Access Code:  133038

Please follow all prompts as instructed. If you enter the call after 6:30 a.m. please refrain from announcing your name. In addition, please mute your phone as a courtesy to others. If you would like to facilitate in your time zone please send an e-mail to CMECONNECTIONPRAYER@gmail.com

Our prayerful intention this month is a call for you to join us in the following weekly prayer focus: 

December 3rd - 7th: Prayer for those who may be experiencing loss or the memory of a loss during this holiday season.   

Our Mission Challenge: Be a conduit of God's peaceful presence in the life of those that need you. Provide printed material that speaks of God’s love. 

December 10th - 14th: Pray for local congregations, all Christian Educators and the Pastors' Conference. 

Our Mission Challenge: Develop outreach ministries to children and youth with a special target for those in the ages of 9-13. 

December 17th - 21st: Pray for the Bishops of the church, call them by name. Pray for the General Officers, Judicial Council, Presiding Elders and Pastors. 

Our Mission Challenge: This week we will have a corporate fast from 6:00 AM-12 noon daily. Please consult your health care professional before beginning any fast.                                     

December 24th - 28th and 31
st: PRAY FOR REVIVAL in anticipation and expectation of the New Year, 2019.

The Light of the World- (John 9:5) "I am the Light of the World while I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 

Our Mission Challenge
: All Times zones will pray together as one voice on December 26th - 28th  at the respected times. (EST) Eastern 9:30 AM, (CST) Central 8:30 AM, (MST) Mountain 7:30 AM and (PST) Pacific 6:30 AM. Prayer will begin promptly at the above times.

Getting Back To Basics As "We Envision Our Way Forward Taking Care of God's Business"

 

November 2, 2018

 In the Episcopal Address at the General Conference we were challenged with "Getting Back to the Basics as We Envision Our Way Forward Taking Care of God's Business".

 In the 2012 presidential election, then President Barack Obama used as his campaign slogan “Forward”. That campaign slogan was meant to move America progressively forward. With belief that government sets the pace for a growing economy, Job Market, etc.

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church has in its Quadrennial Theme the word forward. There seems to be a wrestling with-in our Quadrennial theme. What is this wrestling of getting back to the basics while moving forward in the church that the Quadrennial theme speaks off?

Getting Back to Basics as We Envision Our Way “FORWARD” Taking Care of Gods Business.

In a sense the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is positioning for greatness in Christ. For it seems that society has taken several steps backwards and violence and hatred seem to be ruling the days. Now, answer this question, "What can I do to help my church and community move forward?" It’s going to take forward-thinkers, visionaries and trend setters who are not afraid to witness and make disciples. It’s going to take shared leadership in our congregations and understanding that no one person can do it all. Local congregations must recognize those in the pews who are forward-thinkers, invite them to the table and begin to listen, train, develop and invest in the future of our Zion. It’s going to take prayer, vision and unity. We must recognize the forward-thinkers in our Zion, those who help us look beyond what we see. We must dispel the notion that we’ve never done it that way before or this is the way we always do it. We must take prayer very seriously, exercise our faith and strive for a relentless pursuit of our God given talent to move the church forward.

We are after all, The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church recognizing the importance of Christ in our daily lives.

Getting Back To Basics As We Envision Our Way Forward

Taking Care of God's Business

 

 October 1, 2018

In the Episcopal Address at the General Conference we were challenged by the College of Bishops to embrace the theme “Getting Back to the Basics as "We Envision Our Way Forward Taking Care of God's Business."  As the days get shorter and the nights become longer I’m reminded of the correlation of unity between the seasons. We are a few days into the season of Fall/ Autumn. However, no full transition has taken place yet. We can envision the leaves changing colors and falling from the trees, a change in temperature, pumpkin everything, and light jackets, boots and sweaters.

Too often people of faith fail to imagine. Imagination does wonders for the soul.  As we envision our way forward, what does our Zion look like?  Can you see strong Laity in our local churches leading the Christian Methodist Episcopal church in getting “Back to Basics”? Can you see Clergy working with Local, State and Federal Government? Can you see churches adopting schools and providing for the children and youth in our communities? Can you see new ministries being birthed? Can you see the manifestation of gifts being used to equip the saints?  Can you see new church plants in the USA and other countries? Can you see the church growing? Can you see effective Missions abroad?  Can you see Discipleship Training and Leadership Development? Just as we see the seasons changing on the horizon The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is envisioning a change as well. Can you see this happening all over our Zion?  If indeed we are going to focus on “Getting Back to Basics”, we must be intentional about “Taking care of God’s Business”.  We must also be intentional as we “Envision Our Way Forward”. 

As members of the body of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, we must recognize the importance of Christ in our daily lives. This too must be intentional as we envision and embrace change.

Month of October

As a part of the CME Church quadrennial theme: "Getting Back to Basics As We Envision Our Way Forward In Taking Care of God's Business", The Board of Evangelism and Missions will focus on goal number one of the six major areas of concentration. That focus has been identified as "evangelism/church planting and prayer.

Local Congregations, Pastors, Presiding Elders, General Officers, and Bishops are asked to set aside time to pray for our Zion. There is strength in unity and the Word of Acts1:14a tells us that, "They all joined together constantly in prayer..." (NIV) If as a church body, we can all join together with one purpose, one focus, and one voice, God will indeed hear and answer our prayers. We encourage you to join the prayer-line conference calls in your time zone.

Beloved, please be reminded “Through prayer we will seek God’s face for wisdom and guidance and for the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to assist us in our efforts of getting back to the basics” (Bishop Bobby R. Best Quadrennial address page 20).

A continued call to prayer:

All Episcopal Districts in the Continental United States, Jamaica and Haiti, prayer will begin at 6:30 a.m. in your current local time zone. In addition, prayer will be led by various persons through-out the connection. All calls will take place Monday thru Friday during the month of October beginning Monday, October 1st, 2018.

Dial in number 515-604-9706

Access Code        133038

Pastors: Please add the number and access code to your announcements.

Please follow all prompts as instructed. If you enter the call after 6:30 a.m. please refrain from announcing your name. In addition, please mute your phone as a courtesy to others.

All Episcopal District outside of the United States

Kenya +254-20-765-3264  Access Code 133038

Nigeria-+234-1-227-8513  Access Code 133038

South Africa +27-87-825-0144  Access Code 133038

Tanzania +255-41-120-1010  Access Code 133038

September 1, 2018

Have you ever considered the obvious yet unnoticed essentials for the basic essentials of life? It is a known fact the humans need and must have 4 basic elements to survive. Science even confirms that humans need 4 basic elements to survive. Examine the list of those essential elements. 

1. Water- Water is essential for hydration. The body needs to have a sufficient amount of water daily. The body must be replenished with this basic element daily because the body doesn’t store enough to sustain life. 

2. Air- Air is essential to the overall health of every-human being. Without air the body does not survive. As a matter of fact, the body can only last approximately 5 min without air at its best. This lack of air (oxygen) (spirit) for a small period of time will result in significant brain-damage and eventually loss of life. 

3. Food- Food is essential to and for the body mainly because of the nutrients it provides to sustain life. Although the body can go days upon days without food, food is needed and is a basic element for life. 

4. Light- Light is essential to the body. Although there are not many known cases of someone dying from being without light, that does not diminish the need for it. The sun’s rays produces Vitamin D which is essential for a healthy body. With the lack of vitamin D, the body will produce high calcium levels which can cause a whole list of other issues.

Getting Back to the Basics as We Envision Our Way Forward Taking Care of God’s Business, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is recognizing the importance of Christ in our daily lives.

A look at the Bible tells us about Jesus Christ being essential in the life of the believer. Much like the 4 essentials above for earthly life, the believer must live on essentials on the I am of Christ.

 1. I am the Living Water (John 4:10) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. Remember the importance of water.

2.The Spirit (Pneuma) of truth. "The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you." (John 14:17)

3. I am the Bread of Life (John 6:35a). Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry."

4. "I am the Light of the World (John 9:5) while I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

 Getting Back To Basics By Taking Care of God's Business

Through A Month of Prayer - Month of September

As a part of the CME Church quadrennial theme: "Getting Back to Basics As We Envision Our Way Forward In Taking Care of God's Business", The Board of Evangelism and Missions will focus on goal number one of the six major areas of concentration. That focus has been identified as "evangelism/church planting and prayer.

Local Congregations, Pastors, Presiding Elders, General Officers, and Bishops are asked to set aside time to pray for our Zion. There is strength in unity and the Word of Acts1:14a tells us that, "They all joined together constantly in prayer..." (NIV) If as a church body, we can all join together with one purpose, one focus, and one voice, God will indeed hear and answer our prayers. We encourage you to join the prayer-line conference calls in your time zone.

As we embark on the journey of prayer in the month of September please join and invite others to share in the work. The General Department of Evangelism and Mission will host prayer conference calls in each Episcopal Region.

Beloved, please be reminded “Through prayer we will seek God’s face for wisdom and guidance and for the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to assist us in our efforts of getting back to the basics” (Bishop Bobby R. Best Quadrennial address page 20).

A continued call to prayer:

All Episcopal Districts in the Continental United States, Jamaica and Haiti, prayer will begin at 6:30 a.m. in your current local time zone. In addition, prayer will be led by various persons through-out the connection. All calls will take place Monday through Friday during the month of September beginning Monday, September 3rd, 2018.

Dial in number: 515-604-9706

Access Code: 133038

Please follow all prompts as instructed. If you enter the call after 6:30 a.m. please refrain from announcing your name. In addition, please mute your phone as a courtesy to others.

All Episcopal District outside of the United States

Kenya +254-20-765-3264  Access Code 133038

Nigeria-+234-1-227-8513  Access Code 133038

South Africa +27-87-825-0144  Access Code 133038

Tanzania +255-41-120-1010  Access Code 133038

September 3rd-7th.  The prayer focus is on access to clean water in the United States and abroad. 

 I am the Living Water (John 4:10) Jesus
answered her, “If you knew the

gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked

him and he would have given you living water."  

Our Mission Challenge: Provide water to someone this week.

Compliment several people throughout the day during the month of September.

September 10th -14th  The Holy Spirit - Seek God daily for the gifts you have to help the church get "back to the basics."

Our Mission Challenge: Compliment several people throughout the day during the month of September. 

September 17th-21st I am the Bread of Life (John 6:35a). Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry."  

Our Mission Challenge: This week we will have a corporate fast every from 6 am-12 noon daily. 

Compliment several people throughout the day during the month of September.

September 24th-28th The Light of the World- (John 9:5) "I am the Light of the World while I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

Our Mission Challenge: Practice Acts of Kindness

Compliment several people throughout the day during the month of September.

In the Service of the Church,

Rev. Leon C. Moore, Jr. 

General Secretary of Evangelism and Missions

 

                                                          Getting Back To Basics By Taking Care of God's Business                                                    

Through A Month of Prayer

July 27, 2018

As a part of the CME Church quadrennial theme: "Getting Back to Basics As We Envision Our Way Forward In Taking Care of God's Business", The Board of Evangelism and Missions will focus on goal number one of the six major areas of concentration. That focus has been identified as "evangelism/church planting and prayer."  Ephesians 6:18 says, " And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep praying for all the Lord's people." Historically, it was prayer and an unwavering faith that provided the foundation for congregations in the CME to come into existence. Sadly, we have strayed far away from having prayer meetings, prayer partners, prayer teams, and seriously praying faithfully BEFORE undertaking any project, service or business of the Lord in our churches. Therefore, as we begin a new quadrennial, the month of August will be set aside to pray for "wisdom, guidance and the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to assist us in our efforts of getting back to basics."

Local Congregations, Pastors, Presiding Elders, General Officers, and Bishops are asked to set aside time to pray for our Zion.  There is strength in unity and the Word of Acts1:14a tells us that, "They all joined together constantly in prayer..." (NIV) If as a church body, we can all join together with one purpose, one focus, and one voice, God will indeed hear and answer our prayers. We encourage you to pray the focus and read the given scripture daily. The model that we will use for the month is found below. 

WEEK 1 - July 29 - August 4, 2018

Prayer Focus: Discipleship training and leadership development for both clergy and lay.

Scripture:  Matthew 28: 16-20, Luke 6:40, 2 Timothy 2:2

WEEK 2 - August 5 - 11, 2018

Prayer Focus:  Growing and planting churches by finding persons who are lost, efforts to win  

                        them, reclaiming previously churched members, and to make disciples.

Scripture:  John 15: 1-8

Week 3 - August 12 - 18, 2018

Prayer Focus: Turning the trend of declining membership around by attracting and retaining 

                        children, youth, young adults, and men; revitalizing and energizing cooperate

                        worship.

Scripture:  John 13:35

Week 4: August 19 - 25, 2018

Prayer Focus: Monies and insights necessary in repairing and renovating our aged edifices; 

                       guidance in adjusting apportionment for our very small churches

Scripture:   Psalm 3:5-10

Week 5: August 26 - 31, 2018

Prayer Focus: Continual engagement in need meeting outreach ministries

Scripture:  Acts 1:8

General Department of Evangelism and Missions

Leon C. Moore, Jr. General Secretary