(The United Methodist Church)
I share this thinking with you because of its relevance to an initiative we here at Marble have begun participating, called Vital Church Initiative or VCI. You may recall me mentioning that acronym from time to time, but in a nutshell, VCI is a process of renewal for growing healthy, vital, fruitful, missional congregations in the Michigan Area of The United Methodist Church. VCI prepares and enables congregations to answer God’s call to reach out to new people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. VCI is grounded in being Christ-Centered, Fruitful, Accountable, and Collaborative. Bottom line, VCI is about being a thriving and vital part of people’s lives (including our own) and the community.
Perhaps what makes me most hopeful about the prospects of how VCI can benefit us is that it is based on shared knowledge and mission, for we cannot be stronger or smarter than when we are living and working together with the cumulative wisdom and passions of all of our minds and hearts. And ultimately, that is what VCI is all about.
So, let me say once again, “Happy New Year,” and may all your Hopes be made manifest, and may your discipleship to Christ be the foundation and source of real Peace, Love, and Joy for the coming year.
Blessings to you, your families and friends … Pastor Bob