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responses I have received, and which we will plan on discussing on during our teleconference meeting on Tuesday: --R.Z.
+=+++= What I would hope God is leading the Church to be is a community of disciples, growing in faith and in service of the kingdom of God. I would hope that the Church would move beyond personal issues and agendas, as we seek together the mind of Christ. Greg Coulter +=+++= My Preferences for My Church 1-My church should enjoy a diverse congregation 2-My church should believe in and practice mission 3-My church should educate the congregational about PC (USA) 4-My church should educate the congregation about the global issues 5-My church should reach out to refugees and immigrants and meet their needs. It should always have a room in the inn Aida Faris =+=++= I think that God is leading our church to become more evangelistic. To be reaching out more instead of looking in. To be more obedient to Christ's commands by preaching the Gospel and making disciples. With the decline of the membership in our denomination as a whole, we need to get back to basics or the roots of who we are. We need to study God's Word and instill it into our lives. Goy Thumasathit =+=+=+=+=
I believe God created each one of us differ by our colors, language we speak, and our cultural and how we think. But as believers we become part of the body of Christ as the church. As apostle Paul said "For by Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free and we were all made to drink of one Spirit." I believe God is beginning to gather all believers to His one Church, and as a church what is the common denominator, what is our goal, what do we want to accomplish together as one body in the mission and the work of the church.
Cleland Willis =+=+=+=+=+=+=+= "I see the Church as an organizational body to 1) fulfill the call of God to spread the Gospel, and 2) provide support and facilitate the spiritual growth of its membership
wherever this is located. To achieve this goal we members seek the guidence of the Holy Spirit and in this context organized churches such as PCUSA, use a hierarchical scheme that includes congregations, presbyteries, synods and the GA" Noe Lopez-Benitez =+=+=+=+=+= I believe that God is leading His church to become a church of all nations. Viet Ho =+=+=+=+= The Church is called to glorify God and to serve one another. Its message is Good News: the awesome love God has for all humanity and the unconditional salvation offered to us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. As a place of prayer for all people, the community of faith provides a haven of grace, peace, and reconciliation. Blessed by of a variety of gifts and cultures, sisters and brothers in Christ are nurtured and equipped to share lives of servanthood. In response to ever-changing realities, God’s people, unified and transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit, demonstrate God’s love in action and envision hope for a New Day. Betty Sicks =+=+=+=+=+=+= The church is the body of Jesus Christ on Earth, Jesus Christ is the head of the church, and Jesus Christ is the Son of the God creator of all things. The Son of God is present through his followers and believers to bear witness of God’s care of God’s creation. God is leading the church to be and become the living form of hope and compassion to a broken society and a contaminated world. Jesus Juan (Jesse) Gonzalez =+=+=+=+= The church should be at the forefront for caring for all people by sponsoring projects/programs for mental and physical well being. No one should experience hunger, homelessness, lack of health care, lack of an education, or lack of security in this country. The church must encourage its member to vote and participate in local and national governing bodies. It should also seek to generate peace throughout the world. Charmaine =+=+=+=+=+=
“The church is called to be the conscience of the nation, announcing the Gospel of salvation to every individual and denouncing injustice
and all kind of evils that diminished the image of God present in every human being” (See my paper “Another possible Church for a New Day” page 9 Beyond Rebuilding? Shaping a Life Together – Reforming Ministries – Occasional Papers Series No.4)
The concrete actions implicit in the previous statement are: • Willingness to work in the social and political arena announcing the justice of the Gospel • Willingness to connect salvation with a healthy social and political life of the individuals. • Willingness to affirm the communion of saint recognizing the variety of cultures, races and countries where the saints live and work • Willingness to renounce to our illusions of grandeur to assume the humbleness of the followers of Jesus • Willingness to create communities of followers to build healing communities for our society and our world. • Willingness to renounce to our “missions” to embrace God’s mission (Mission Dei), announcing the holistic Gospel of Jesus Christ
José Luis Casal =+=+=+=+= I imagine that God is calling us to be relevant and present with hospitality and “gospelling” in this new century. That requires sacrifice. Not a money sacrifice, Presbyterians are still good at that, expect to the institutional venues of the church. The sacrifice is to give up some of what is comfortable in order to be more welcoming to the immigrant, the young seeker and even the older disenfranchised denominational member. Shane Whisler