Getting to know the Global Methodist Church
By Pastor Tom Anderson
God is doing a new thing. He is stirring up the movement he began with the revival led by John and Charles Wesley in the 18th century.. The Global Methodist Church marks a return to the Bible as the Word of God, the final authority and unchanging standard for Christian faith and living. The new church will demonstrate a deep and abiding alignment with the Bible. The foundational doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be proclaimed in every congregation by each and every pastor.
All people will be welcome to our worship and ministries. All people will be eligible to become members. Our understanding is that God isn’t interested in who we have been in the past or even who we think we are right now. God is interested in each one’s future–who we are becoming! If anyone's heart is set in repentance and faith upon God’s plan for them–that is the basis of baptism and membership. (Mark 1:15)
Mission and vision
Our Mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who worship passionately, love extravagantly, and witness boldly. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Our Vision is to join God in a journey of bringing new life, reconciliation, and the presence of Christ to all people, and to helping each person reflect the character of Christ. (Romans 1:5)
We are a global church that recognizes and deploys the gifts and contributions of each part of the church, working as partners in the gospel with equal voice and leadership. Our witness to the world is marked by mutual love, concern, sharing, and a focus on those who are most vulnerable. We watch over one another in love and bear witness to the transforming power of the Good News as we humbly, but boldly, strive to serve others as ambassadors of Christ!
The Global Methodist Church’s logo brings together in its three circles the one God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – who alone we worship. The circles intersect at the center of the cross of Jesus Christ, the symbol of our deliverance from our slavery to sin and fear of death. The outer circumference of the rings represents the globe. As a whole, the logo communicates God’s sending of the church into the world. The sky blue color reminds us that even though Global Methodists live all around the world, they are all united together in God’s great creation.
We’ll be part of the “Great Lakes Provisional Annual Conference” encompassing Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. I am serving on the Transitional Conference Advisory Team of 22 persons from all the states. We are working hard to create the teams we need and populate them with leadership. We have an enormous task but it is exciting work. The whole enterprise is being run by enthusiastic volunteers–there is no budget.
Sometime this summer there will be a gathering of Michigan churches who are entering the GMC. This will be our opportunity to get to know each other, cast the vision of a new thing and pray together for an awakening. More information will be forthcoming. We guess that between 100-150 churches in Michigan by the end of this year will join us.