The UM General Board of Global Ministries and The Mission Society are jointly sponsoring (for the first time) a missions conference: “Beyond These Walls.” The conference, hosted by McEachern UMC in the Atlanta area, begins next Thurs. Oct. 2 and concludes Sat. Oct. 4.
Speakers include North Georgia Bishop Mike Watson; Eddie Fox, director of World Methodist Evangelism; Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio; and John Ed Mathison of Frazer Memorial UMC in Alabama. The conference also will feature more than 30 workshops.
From the Beyond These Walls web site:
[We] share a vision of the connectional system being the means through which the United Methodist Church becomes once again the powerful force for the cause of Christ that it was during the time of John Wesley.
Some see a future of decline, but we see a bright future — a future where Christ’s church is refocused on its divinely appointed mission. A church that is the Lord’s holy instrument, working with His Holy Spirit in reaching out, touching, loving, teaching, redeeming, and making disciples of Christ Jesus — a Church transformed by missions and a Church transforming the world through missions.
At the June 2008 session of the North Georgia Annual Conference, McEachern pastor Jim Higgins and member Jeff Jernigan gave additional details about the conference. Listen below (1:45).
A video promo is here (Windows Media).