Keep Faithful & Carry On, says Methodist General Secretary

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The Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church, has urged Methodists to focus on what it means to be a 'discipleship movement shaped for mission.' This is a continuation of the direction of travel set by Dr Atkins' in his 2011 report to the Methodist Conference, which was very warmly received by the Church.  

Today, Dr Atkins presented his 2012 report to the annual Conference, meeting in Plymouth. In the report, he encouraged Methodists to 'keep faithful and carry on,' and spoke of the need for a culture shift in the Church.

"The crucial thing is not to permit our commitment to discipleship and mission to falter," said Dr Atkins. "We are seeking, under God, to alter the default settings on the local church, circuit, district, and the whole wider Connexion," he added.

Dr Atkins also encouraged Methodists to look to the future with confidence, saying "We must look to the future to live properly in the present, and we believe in the future because of what God has done in the past and continues to do now, here, among us."

He spoke of the need to encourage people to share their faith with others: "Encouraging evangelism so that an even larger number of Methodist churches and people engage in and inhabit it is critical over the next few years and requires a combination of local vision and initiatives, fertile partnerships with others and Connexional input and resources in order that this becomes a point of increasing strength."

The Conference also heard a range of stories illustrating the life and work of Methodist communities around Britain. These include the decision by Boston Methodist Circuit in Lincoln and Grimsby to buy a burger van so that they could provide hot food and drink to homeless people in the town centre. The photo presentation of the stories is available online here and the audio can be found here

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