Why does the church exist? According to Matthew’s Gospel, the risen Christ made it clear: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (28:19-20). Based on this “Great Commission,” our United Methodist Church has stated its purpose: “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.
For the past decade, the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church has been pursuing the vision in which every congregation is a healthy, growing, spiritually vital, risk-taking center for making and equipping disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Key Ministry Areas:
At the core of our journey is an intentional plan focusing on four key Breakthrough Ministry areas designed to increase our ability to fulfill our shared mission and vision:
- Living a Culture of Call
- Resourcing for Making Disciples and Fruitful Congregations
- Connecting for Mission, Justice and Healing
- Exemplifying a Commitment to Stewardship
Click on the 2012 Missional Report for information about each key area.