The Missional Transformation Process equips churches to respond to the challenges of ministry in the 21st century.
First United Methodist Church in Centerville is one of three congregations in Iowa that completed the process last year. Leaders in the church participated in Bible study, evaluated their current organizational structures, and designed missional strategies for the future of their ministry in the community. Their homepage proclaims God’s call on their lives: “Open hearts, open minds, open doors – with us it’s not just a slogan, it’s a way of life.”
The Missional Transformation Process, or “Co-Missioned,” recognizes that God has a mission, and God’s mission needs a church. Congregations involved in the process embark on a learning journey of spiritual depth and significance to discern and embody God’s mission anew. They are partners with God, living into the vision of world-transforming United Methodist communities of faith throughout the Iowa Conference.
This ministry, which was originally conceived by the Center for Parish Development, is partially underwritten with apportioned funds from local churches. On their website First United Methodist Church includes a reference from 1 Corinthians 10:31, which summarizes our shared witness: “Whatever you do, do for the glory of God.”