The United Methodist Church at General Conference 2008 just voted to no longer make disciples of Jesus Christ.
In other words, the mission statement of the UMC was previously “to make disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Now the UMC’s mission statement is “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.”
This is a good mission.hack. Why? Because it is utterly Wesleyan in that our discipleship leads us to act. We are not a passive people, we are a people with a blessing that requires that we pass it on. Like a cup overflowing with God’s love, now our mission statement reflects that discipleship must bubble up out of us in acts of mercy and justice.
May all congregations adopt this mentality of connecting faith with action.