New Methodist President Challenges Church to Rediscover its Calling
The new President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Martyn Atkins, has challenged the Methodist Church to rediscover its calling to bring people to Christ, as he set out renewal as one of the major priorities for the coming year.
Rev Atkins was sworn in as President at last week‚Äôs Methodist Conference in Blackpool. In his first address to Conference, Rev Atkins told Methodists that God was the ‚Äúsupreme missionary and evangelist‚ÄĚ as he reminded them that the Church was created to share God‚Äôs mission ‚Äúto restore and renew all things‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄúSharing God‚Äôs mission then, is the Church‚Äôs core reason for being, its true calling. Church defined in this way never finds itself by looking in on itself, but by pouring itself out, like its Lord,‚ÄĚ he told Conference delegates....