The Call to Action

The United Methodist Church has issued a, “Call to Action.”  Our most vital congregations exhibit the following characteristics that all congregations are now charged to emulate in order to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ, and make disciples.


The characteristics of vital congregations are:

  • Inviting and inspiring worship
  • Gifted, equipped and empowered lay leadership
  • Effective, equipped and inspired clergy leadership
  • Small groups and strong children and youth ministry


Having the above, the following should take place:

  • Increased attendance in worship
  • Increased new professions of faith
  • Growth in discipleship with increased numbers of groups for this purpose
  • Increase in numbers of persons engaged in mission ministries
  • Increased resources for mission ministries


While these things may not be “new,” for our congregation.  We want to be more intentional about them.  In order to measure these more effectively, we ask that when you go on a local mission project, or have a class, short-term or long term group meeting, someone record attendance with names of persons involved.  This way we have a better idea of persons reached and who takes part in discipleship and ministry.


Last year’s estimate:  Hixson UMC had 42 different groups involved in mission outside our doors (this doesn’t include the giving of resources) with over 440 persons in attendance, but we do not have names.  We want to intentionally foster the spiritual growth, discipleship, and ministry of all persons who are with us over the course of the next several years.  Taking attendance with names listed will help us to be a further encouragement in discipleship and mission.  If you need a form to keep track of the special ministries of your group, do not hesitate to let me know.  Email is  Cell number is 423-762-6099.  Office number 877-1246 ext. 319.  Thank you for all you do in the name of Jesus Christ.


The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

Paul B. Longmire, Associate Pastor