Presentation on theme: "Possibility! Bishop Wayne N. Miller Metropolitan Chicago Synod ELCA."— Presentation transcript:
1 Possibility!Bishop Wayne N. MillerMetropolitan Chicago SynodELCA
2 Christmas in JunePlease open the RED envelope in your packet and read the cardNow open your GREEN envelope and read the cardWho is the second card for?
3 Passing the GiftAll that I am and all that I have comes by GRACE alone, through FAITH alone, in CHRIST alone”One card given by each voting member means 500 new lives touched by graceOne card given by each baptized member means 100,000 new lives touched by graceOne card per week given by each baptized member for 1 year means 5,200,000 new lives touched by grace
5 Start with a YES!Saying “YES” to God always means COURAGEOUSLY surrendering controlSaying “YES” to God means opening mind, heart, and hands to the world around youSaying “YES” to God means suspending disbelief…
6 How Can This Be? We’re Almost Dead! Birth and New Life in Congregations is not a function of size, age, or wealthBirth and New Life depends upon hearing and responding ADAPTIVELY to a call.
7 Mary Brought Jesus to the Hills Reimagining the Christian community as a movementINCLUSIVITY requires us to let the stranger call us out … not just calling them in
8 Mission Music My soul proclaims the greatness of God! Mission still begins with TELLING the story and INVITING others into itYou have filled the hungry with good things!Mission calls us to SERVE others with compassion and generosityYou have cast down the mighty and lifted the lowlyMission calls us to work for JUSTICE so that all are free to respond to their vocation
9 Proclamation! Service! Justice! Worship God Share Faith Invite to BelongService!GenerosityCompassionJustice!RespectFreedomVocation
10 Life Requires Growth How do you measure growth? Celebrate Growth Notice the arrival of saints as well as their departure
11 My Child Leapt for Joy! LIFE is energized and called out by LIFE Collaboration:What congregations do you know that are a source of inspiration for you?
12 It All Leads to This!The present vitality and future life of the ELCA resides in congregations giving birth to new faith communitiesEvery Christian must be dedicated to discovering and liberating new life
13 The Role of Synod Leadership Synod Leadership is here to INSPIRE, FACILITATE, and EXTEND THE REACH of Congregational MissionTo call each Christian to personal responsibility for witness