Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of Hartwell United Methodist Church is our service.
 
It begins in our own community, our city, our state and extends out to the world. The members of Hartwell UMC are involved in ministries and use as a guide to stay focused on the mission of the church “The Five Fruitful Practices,” by Robert Schnase.  There are lots of ways to get plugged into ministry at Hartwell UMC and we pray that you will spend time growing with us, as we serve to meet Christ missional call on the world.


Radical Hospitality

 Congregations that practice Radical Hospitality demonstrate an active desire to invite, welcome, receive, and care for those who are strangers so that they find a spiritual home and discover for themselves the unending richness of life in Christ. Radical describes that which is drastically different from ordinary practices, outside the normal, that which exceeds expectations and goes the second mile. (Schnase)
 
 
 

Passionate Worship

 Worship describes those times we gather deliberately seeking to encounter God in Christ. God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another. The word passionate expresses an intense desire, an ardent spirit, strong feelings, and the sense of heightened importance.  Congregations who practice Passionate Worship offer their utmost and highest; they expect worship to be the most important hour of the week. (Schnase)
 
 
 

Intentional-Faith Development 

 Intentional Faith Development refers to all the ministries that help us grow in faith outside of weekly worship, such as bible studies, Sunday School classes, support groups, and prayer teams.  Congregations who practice Intentional Faith Development offer opportunities for people to learn in community for people at all stages of faith.  They offer ministries that help people grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of God.  Intentional refers to deliberate effort, purposeful action, and high priority. (Schnase)
 
 


Risk-Taking Missions & Service

 Mission and Service refers to the projects, efforts, and work people do to make a positive difference in the lives of others for the purposes of Christ, whether or not they will ever become part of the community of faith.  Risk-takingpushes us out of our comfort zone, stretching us beyond service to people we already know, exposing us to people, situations, and needs that we would never ordinarily encounter apart from our deliberate intention to serve Christ.   Congregations who practice Risk-taking Mission and Service offer endless opportunities for people to make a difference in lives of others through service projects, volunteer opportunities, and mission initiatives. (Schnase)
 
 


Extravagant Generosity 

 Generosity describes the Christian’s unselfish willingness to give in order to make a positive difference for the purposes of Christ.  Congregations that practice Extravagant Generosity provide ministries that address our spiritual need to give in ways that exceed all expectations and extend to unexpected measures. Fruitful congregations thrive because of extraordinary sharing, willing sacrifice, and joyous giving out of love for God and neighbor. (Schnase)
 
 


 

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