The commissioning service was beautiful. Jorge Lockwood planned a really engaging and multi-cultural worship service for all those present in person and over the web.
My boss, Hans Vaxby - the Bishop of Eurasia, preached a challenging sermon - commissioning us to "do whatever it takes." He quoted a Swedish rock star throughout the sermon ... such a fun man. I wish he could be my boss forever.
This weekend I begin itinerating. I will travel around the country drumming up support for the United Methodist missionary movement. Thomas Kemper laid out a vision of sending 500 young adults onto the mission field. This will obviously be a tremendous undertaking - and can only be accomplished if the standard support missionaries are able to fundraise well. More than financial support, it is imperative that our local churches reconnect with the idea and theology of mission.
We can be nothing more than a dying institution without a connection to mission. If we can embrace the mission of God we can return to being a missionary movement again.