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January 20, 2016 · Issue 2

In this issue of connectNmission, sign up for a new Transformational Ministries bi-weekly blog that highlights the work of vibrant Ministries With the Poor; learn how Global Ministries can help you engage with local and global missions through Mission Celebration events; and learn about upcoming events.
Ministry with the Poor
Global Ministries recently launched Transformational Ministries, a bi-weekly blog that will lift up stories, testimonies, and best practices of Ministries With the Poor—living examples of ministry with and alongside those struggling with poverty.

We hope this new blog series inspires creative new ministries with, rather than to or for, those struggling with poverty. It is also a useful resource for discovering practices that you can adapt to your own ministry contexts.

Read the introductory post here! If you wish to receive new blog posts via email, please sign up for Ministry with the Poor email updates here.

Global Ministries is thankful for partnerships with conferences and congregations. We would be happy to deepen that partnership with you through a Mission Celebration with your church and community to advance mission around the world.

Mission Celebrations are events planned by local church leaders and resourced by Global Ministries’ staff and missionaries. They provide a variety of activities and learning opportunities to meet local church members where they are, and challenge them to reflect, learn, and engage in mission locally and around the world.

“There is a powerful, strategic element to mission, which can transform a congregation,” explains the Rev. Scott Parrish, consultant for Mission Celebrations. “As a church finds its place actively engaged in local, national, and international mission, our ongoing call to love God and love neighbor are put into practice. We experience a new chapter in the life of a church by following Christ today,” continued Parrish.

Watch this video to learn more, and consider holding a mission celebration that is tailored to your church needs.


January 28–30, 2016
Beyond These Walls 2016
Powder Springs, Georgia

Beyond These Walls 2016, of which Global Ministries is one of the sponsors, will mobilize, revitalize, and equip congregations through "best of the best" missions teaching and training. Watch this video to learn more.
Early Bird Registration
Feb 3, 2016

Congregational Care Ministry Seminar
April 7–9, 2016
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

This three-day seminar, presented by Executive Pastor Karen Lampe and Pastor Wendy Chrostek and the Congregational Care team is designed to prepare lay volunteers to work alongside pastors and staff to minister to and care for your congregation as Congregational Care Ministers.

Sowing Seeds—Caretakers of God's Creation Conference
April 8–9, 2016
First United Methodist Church, Decatur, Georgia

This year’s event focuses on food and food systems. Keynote speakers include Norman Wirzba of Duke University, Jennifer Ayres of Emory University's Candler School of Theology, and Alice Rolls of Georgia Organics. Scholarships are available. Another discounted registration deadline is March 15. Register here.