If there is one thing you can say about the God we serve, it is that God is always on the move! If you want to keep up with God, you have to be willing to put on your track shoes! God is constantly moving, constantly changing, constantly doing new things. Our problem is that we like to stop and “sit a spell!” We are more comfortable with things as they are. We don’t like change very much, and resist it mightily! So, we stop along the way then look up and see that God has moved on without us!
VERGE @ Gadsden First United Methodist Church was a leadership training/visioning/collaborating event held on Sunday, January 30th to help our leaders put on their track shoes! Over 130 persons attended this 4-hour event designed for all the leaders of the congregation. The event began with worship and ended with worship. In between those bookends, all the Ministry Teams and Administrative Groups heard from various presenters about their specific areas of ministry. Rev. Marcus Singleton was the preacher for the 2:00 PM worship. He challenged leadership to listen to God’s call and not be afraid of the “nay sayers.” Mr. Jake Barrett was the Worship Leader. The day concluded with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Gadsden First has restructured its leadership around its Ministry Statement: “The People of Gadsden First United Methodist Church: Changing Lives by Sharing Christ, Making Disciples, Serving People and Giving Hope.” VERGE was the first meeting of many of the Ministry Teams formed to implement the Ministry Statement.