The Revd Loraine Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference, gives her inaugural address at the Methodist Conference 2017, in Birmingham.
In her inaugural address made at the beginning of conference, The Revd Loraine N Mellor, the newly elected President of the Methodist Conference, asked: "How are we disturbing the present in the Church today?" as she shared her concerns with the current state of the Church and her vision for taking radical risks to change its culture.
Reflecting on her worries over the"declining Church",Loraine took a sobering look at the current state of the Methodist Church and its dwindling membership."We don't have too many churches, we just don't have enough people in them..."
As a potential solution, Loraine implored Methodists to take radical steps to change the shape of the Church, through a renewed focus on God-centred worship, generous hospitality and being unafraid of failure in evangelism.
"I know I am part, at present, of a declining Church, but I am not part of a declining gospel.
"The gospel of Jesus Christ is here to stay, but has the time not come of us to be radical? To take some risks in order that we can grow...
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Marriage and Relationships 2019The Marriage and Relationships Task Group will present a report to the 2019 Conference with recommendations about various issues to do with relationships in general and marriage in particular. If accepted by Conference, those recommendations will be submitted to the wider Church for consultation during 2019-2020, with a final decision being made at the July 2020...
Conference 2019 27th June — 4th July Hilton Birmingham MetropoleThe Conference is the governing body of the Methodist Church and meets annually to discuss matters affecting the life of the Church, the nation and the world. There are many papers and related documents that can be found on the https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/the-methodist-conference/conference-2019/.11(Methodist Web...
JMA Commissioning Service 2019The JMA Commissioning Service provides an opportunity to acknowledge the particular contribution of JMA groups and for wider reflection on how we share in God's mission for the sake of the world. The service usually takes place during an act of worship. Certificates and badges can be presented to JMA collectors, whilst also acknowledging the work of the JMA...
Hindley Green Methodist Church