In 2012, the Church will come together – not only for General Conference, but also to change the world. United Methodists will extend justice and compassion in community on May 19 and 20.
In 2011, 25 Cal-Nevada churches participated and more than 2,000 events were registered worldwide: everything from developing/enhancing community gardens to fighting human trafficking. Think now about how your congregation will Change the World!
Your event will be charted on the rethinkchurch.org map. National advertising will draw thousands of visitors to the website; they will see your church on the map and know how to join your event. (And if you register for Change the World before April 16, you'll receive a free lawn banner, sermon series bundle and T-shirt!)
Change the World 2012 seeks to build community locally and fight malaria globally, and some regions are joining for Conference-wide events. The Louisiana Annual Conference will support the anti-malaria effort through 5-kilometer runs – all benefiting Imagine No Malaria. This effort promotes healthy church members and saves lives of countless individuals suffering from malaria – which kills one child every 45 seconds.
The Call to Action report reminds us that vital congregations have "disciples engaged in mission." Dive deep this year with Change the World – it is a wonderful opportunity to connect mission-minded disciples with the global impact of our worldwide connection.