It rained all afternoon in
Simeon had asked me to prepare a PowerPoint presentation on the subject, “Who are United Methodists?”
In the end, thirteen brave souls showed up to hear me tell the story of John Wesley and the people called Methodists.
(No, that’s not a huge number, but YOU schedule a program called, “Who are United Methodists?” at your church, and count how many show up!! Am I right?)
The crowd was actually quite interested in the stories of Wesley, the revivals, and what the
The questions at the end indicated that people were actually listening, and quite interested!. One man stood up and said he’d never heard of United Methodists, but was ready to join the church, and wanted to be in the choir!
There were questions about what the name “Methodist” means, about our practice of baptism, and the differences between Methodism and Pentecostalism.
I find myself in situations like these often in
And in these situations, I stick to the basics -- Methodism is an evangelical movement with a simple mission: to make disciples of Jesus Christ. And Methodists are nothing but disciples of Christ who are seeking to put their love and faith into action.