Friday, July 22, 2016

On Mission!

Summer series "Friday's Summer Fruits" with Donna Oswalt
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good..." Psalm 34:8

Along with some other church folks, I am heading on a Mission experience to French Camp Academy. Next week I will share more about this particular spiritual adventure. This week I want to share a blog post by Carolyn Moore, minister in the United Methodist Church from Augusta, GA, as her perception of missions is the new model churches are adopting. The books she recommends are good places to begin to reshape our decades-old thoughts about what missions should be.
Churches genuinely driven to be both faithful and effective are changing the ways they do short-term international and even long-term local missions. Carolyn Moore

"What makes an effective short-term missionary? It is someone who goes as a learner  to discover God’s heart for the whole world and to encourage those who serve full-time in the field. It is one who is challenged to go deeper in devotion to God and to look for where she can more intentionally serve upon return. It is one who comes home and starts praying with a stronger understanding and passion for the Harvest." Carolyn Moore
So... are you willing to be changed, challenged, and serve for God's glory? ~ dho

Carolyn Moore is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. She was born and raised in Augusta and graduated from the University of Georgia (B.A. – Religion, 1985) and Asbury Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity, 1998). She is currently involved in the Doctor of Ministry degree program at Asbury, as part of the church planting cohort.
Carolyn served for five years as an associate pastor at Athens First United Methodist church (Athens, Georgia). In June of 2003, she was appointed home again to the Augusta area, where she and her family were given the joy of birthing Mosaic United Methodist Church.
Mosaic focuses on reaching people in the margins. In nine years of weekly worship, Mosaic has seen hundreds of baptisms and professions of faith. A satellite ministry serves adults with disabilities in downtown Augusta.
Carolyn has been joyfully married for 26 years to Steve Moore, a social studies teacher at Greenbrier High School. Their daughter, Claire, is a 2013 graduate of Reinhardt University.
My passion is for telling the story of Jesus Christ. I love sharing the truth I’ve found in Him! I love seeing broken people healed and lost people found. My family and I have found such a joy in being part of something as exciting as the start of a new church.