Hamlets of Hope Spotlight! Mount Zion United Methodist Church-Magothy, Pasadena, Maryland
is the featured Hamlets of Hope Pilot site for the first quarter of 2013. Changing the way we 'do' ministry is a centerpiece of Hamlets of Hope. Mount Zion United Methodist Church embodies this approach by incorporating their youth in authentic, substantive and prophetic ways.
Our Today and Our Tomorrow...
Through their efforts of feeding the homeless, visiting shelters, and integrating poverty simulators, the youth of Magothy are carrying out the Great Commission by being Matthew 25 disciples to "the least, the lost and the left out" within their community.
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you."
Hamlets of Hope's Poverty Simulator is intended to pull back the curtain on poverty in an 'in your face' manner. The Mount Zion-UMC youth customized this tool and chose to present this simulator to the entire congregation in the nave during a Sunday worship service.
"...Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth."
The strategy attempts to debunk stereotypes and highlight some of the conditions of those who are experiencing poverty, abuse, unemployment, mental health issues, bullying, homelessness and other social challenges. This consciousness raising tool has led the church body to become involved with housing, feeding and relationship building with people who are experiencing homelessness during the winter months.
"...We did not think we could do this...now we know we can and I want us to do this every year..."
Vital Voices of Valor!
Lived Faith-Magothy Youth continue to change heads, hearts and hands as they identify, plan and engage in ministries that target specific social issues that they want to lift up, advocate and impact. In this way they demonstrate that their young voices are just as vital to affect systemic change within their faith community and throughout the world.
"...See, today I appoint you over nations
and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build
and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:6-10 NIV
In December, the entire Magothy Church family welcomed persons experiencing homelessness to break bread, enjoy a warm bed and fellowship. Over thirty youth eagerly teamed, with church members and local volunteers to share God's love-to bless and be blessed.
This was the first time the church had endeavored to do this type of ministry. Partnering with a local non-profit and an area school, MZUMC was able to provide their community family with hot showers, delicious three course meals, spiritual counsel, recreation space to relax, internet access and movies.
[*HoH does not take pictures of our neighbor's without written permission and in cases where confidentiality and anonymity are a concern]
Mount Zion United Methodist Church-Magothy
A Beloved Shalom Community, Pasadena, Maryland
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia
is the featured Hamlets of Hope Pilot site for the month of December because of their consistent commitment to serve and advocate for
their community. This historic church, whose motto is the People's Church
, is located in the downtown section of the City of Richmond referred to as Historic Jackson Ward.
Ebenezerites actively invest in their community through various ministries that serve those who stand 'with their backs up against the wall'. Through ministries such as a clothes closet
, weekly food pantry
and now a thriving evangelism and homeless ministry
EBC disciples faithfully demonstrate Christ's message, mission and ministry of love by establishing authentic relationships with their neighbors, feeding the hungry, being present with and sharing the Word of God with the most needy. Through these efforts, the Holy Spirit is transforming head, heart and hands as they work towards the creation of the Beloved Shalom Community of God
Why Transformational Ministry?
Condition: Some churches and communities of faith are “Spiritually Obese” and “Evangelistically Anorexic” spending significant time doing
“in-reach” rather than outreach, missions, and evangelism.
Moreover, congregational churches are using out-dated modes of ministry to inspire members to be disciples and servants---essentially the faithful are employing a Tape Ministry to reach a DvD and iPad Generation. Subsequently, action oriented, transformational, innovative ministry is diminished.
church is well positioned to be a catalyst of spiritual, economic, and cultural
that leads to a renewed reality and the creation of the Beloved Shalom Community.
In order to do this requires a shift in our
understanding of the disciple’s role---that leads to the "the body" becoming witnesses, vessels , and servants. Hamlets
is about People Development and it's mission is to cultivate “a ministry doing mindset”
faith community ---- moving people from pew and pulpit; to pavement
creating a balance in hearing and doing the Word.
Church, Communities of Faith, and Faith-Based Organizations [FBO’s]
HoH is a Community of Ministerial Practice [COMP]
and a Christian repository of tools to assist
faith practitioners and congregations align their vision, missions and ministerial practices
in order to serve
the local community.
How: HoH's repository
of tools and faith network assists ministry practitioners and
churches align their vision, missions, and ministries by rethinking their approach:
- From In-reach to Outreach ministry orientation
- From Program focused to People Development focused
- From Church focused to Kingdom focus
This strategy seeks to grow members into disciples
who embrace and carry out the believer’s charge to serve the least, the lost,
and the left out while fulfilling The
which calls disciples to be Salt and Light
--witnessing and serving communities throughout the
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goals of your church?
- How are you
cultivating a ‘Doing Ministry’?
- Are you looking to re-energize your disciples, but
lack the tools and the resources to put plans in motion?
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Upward In Christ!-In Service To God & Humanity-Cheryl Cook, Founder