Special to the Advocate
Drs. James and Molly Scott made quite an impression on the Mississippi Conference.
The clergy couple spoke at two seminars for A-29 district teams on April 28 and 29. At the second event, held at
The Scotts, both clergy members of the Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church, wrote the book Restoring Methodism. The events were sponsored by the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, the New Albany District and the conference Office of Congregational Development.
In their book, the Scotts call for United Methodists to return to their early heritage by making and implementing 10 decisions. These are thought by the Scotts to be essential to Methodist churches’ efforts in moving from decline to transformation and vitality. The Scotts also ask that United Methodists focus on three essentials as set forth by founder John Wesley: repentance, faith and holiness.
The Scotts also call for a renewal of the role of the laity as leaders in the denominations as local elders and local deacons with positions as they held in early Methodism.
The first event was held April 28 at the conference office in
Some in attendance were so impressed that they purchased Restoring Methodism and ordered the CD that may be used to help lead a church in exploring this text. Local church leaders plan on using these resources to help transform their churches.
“This large gathering of our people proves that people are hungry for a word of hope and restoration,” said Dr. Embra Jackson, administrative assistant to the bishop.
Two more gatherings are planned in response to the A2 assessments and efforts to transform churches. The two events are part of the first conference Transformational Leaders’ School for teams of lay and clergy. Sponsored by the Office of Congregational Development, the sessions are scheduled for Aug. 25 and Nov. 3.
“The Discovery Church Journey” on Aug. 25 will be led by Dr. Doug W. Ruffle, congregational development coordinator for the Greater New Jersey Conference. The November event will examine the L3 Incubator.
Both events are free if participants register before May 30. District A29 teams will receive priority. The sessions are set for 9 a.m. at the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation building in Ridgeland.