“Who is my neighbor?” is the question a lawyer asked after Jesus had shared the essence of the law: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:28) We have so many neighbors with different needs that we are overwhelmed by their cries. What can I do with so many neighbors?
Every church in the North Texas Conference either has or supports a mission or ministry in a local community that helps people with clothing, food or some other physical need. No shortage of Christian compassion exists in our churches.
But do you wonder why our neighbors still struggle? With all of our compassion, it seems that either nothing changes or that change is too slow. Change is slow when our compassionate efforts are transactional rather than relational. Giving students school supplies is kind and compassionate, but forming a relationship with a student has greater power to impact a student’s life.
Bishop’s One + One Sends NTC Into SchoolsBy MEREDITH MCKEE
During the 2015 Annual Conference, Bishop Michael McKee announced the launch of an ambitious initiative for North Texas: One + One. The bishop is asking Methodist churches across North Texas to commit to developing partnerships with public schools.
These partnerships will go beyond financial support. One + One asks Methodists to create long-lasting relationships with children in order to create change in our neighborhoods.
One + One was inspired by the early Methodists, who taught children to read in Sunday School. Today, The North Texas Conference plans to go into schools to support the teachers, principals, parents and, most important, the children of our communities.
Clergy, Laity Fired Up for One + One
By SHERON C. PATTERSON
North Texas Connection Editor
Bishop McKee opened and closed the 2015 Annual Conference with appeals for the delegates to return to their Methodist roots and embrace the conference-wide public school-based initiative One + One.
“What would it be if the United Methodists of North Texas had a common strategy and common mission? What would it look like if we all did this one ministry?” he asked the delegates.
“We complain about public schools. We are good at giving supplies and backpacks. What is needed is more of you. If you want to change a family, educate their children.”
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