By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications
|Senatobia DS Rev. Andy Ray addresses clergy and lay.|
Those who gathered at the DeSoto County Cluster Rally at Southaven First United Methodist Church were challenged by Ray to look at where they are, and plan for what they can do now to improve the effectiveness of service in God's kingdom. He issued the challenge for people to begin taking the first steps to become stronger, more vital congregations that earnestly seek "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." These steps include: set goals and work to improve worship services, remember that reaching others for Christ is priority, work with small groups to disciple and equip Christians to be ready to do their part in God's work to transform the world and support and become involved in missions. Ray said that if people ever go on a mission trip, they will return changed and have an appreciation for the church resources that many take for granted.
|Child's painting displayed at Senatobia district challenge.|
Cheryl Denley reminded attendees that they have connections as they serve in missions together. Strengths and weaknesses vary, but as the two work together, more can be achieved for God's kingdom than ever alone. She spoke of training opportunities, resources and networking that the district and the conference provide. She encouraged the laity to attend the Lay Servant training to learn and grow in service and connection.
Garrott shared statistics that brought more awareness on the importance of dedicated service in our churches and districts. The people who the church is trying to reach for Christ are there and it is the church's responsibility to share with them the message of the gospel.