Local Church News: Greenwood District

5/1/2012

Greenwood District Establishes New Adventure in Ministry

Excitement filled the air on Thursday, April 19, 2012 as potential members of a new venture gathered at First United Methodist Church in Indianola, MS. The new Greenwood District Leadership Committee came together for a "team-building" session.

Rusty Keen, convener of the organizational meeting, Greenwood 5-1-12challenged the group to be a "light to the Greenwood District." He invited us to embrace the vision of Superintendent Mattie Gibson, whose care for the district reflects the spirit of a being a humble servant.

The organizational meeting began with a fellowship meal and an invitation to converse and get acquainted with new friends as the beginning of team building. We then moved into the business of the session -- How to Move the District Forward. Rusty stressed that this team was designed for serious work and would exemplify the gifts, grace, and duty as a call on our lives. After reading Acts 4, the question was asked "When we have resources, are we not called to share them?" Working together, we identified some of the specific needs of the Greenwood District.

To address the needs of the district, we agreed to begin a series of training events. The season of training will begin with a 2012 Worship, Prayer, and Praise Summit to be held on August 26 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The training events will flow from six workshop headings: Health and Wellness; Leadership Development 101; Evangelism; Who is Our Neighbor; Mission Outreach; and Communication.

The committee was grateful to the host pastor, Stephen Sparks and the volunteer staff for their great hospitality.

Prior to the closure of the meeting, we were challenged to remember that we have strong resources within the district and that each member and each church has a story. In sending us forth, Superintendent Mattie Gibson charged each of us to "Go and Tell the Story!" What a start!

For more information, you may contact Rev. Rusty Keen, District program staff at 662-453-0878 or rustykeen@gmail.com.