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National Prayer Summit

Jesus prayed these things for us: “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:22-23 NIV)

Jesus has already asked the Father for our complete unity, and we will echo that prayer and many others as we gather for the next National Prayer Summit, Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Caribe Royal in Orlando, Florida.

One registration form found at www.gc19.org is all you need to register for the National Prayer Summit. Arrange for your housing at the Caribe Royale on the same form.

Even now, we invite you to pray for our next General Conference as the Lord leads and guides your prayers. You are also invited to take advantage of the following resources:

The National Prayer Ministry website: www.npmfmc.org
The School of Intercession (Video Teaching on Prayer): www.npmfmc.org/nin/school-of-intercession/
Enlist in the National Intercessors Network: www.npmfmc.org/nin
The National Prayer Ministry Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/npmfmc
We look forward to praying with you in Orlando.

Doug & Margie Newton,
Co-Directors of the National Prayer Ministry

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Free Methodists Stand Against Family Separation

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The history of the Free Methodist Church is rooted in the biblical command to live in holy love. This love comes from God and is available to all. Receiving this love from our Lord gives us a renewed love for people who are marginalized, poor and disenfranchised. Our vision is to disciple every believer with the expectation that they would deliver the whole gospel to every man and woman, regardless of station, race or class (2015 Free Methodist Church Book of Discipline, ¶112).

Free Methodists are proud to be a part of the Evangelical Immigration Table, as their beliefs align with our own. The Evangelical Immigration Table explains “National immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in America. Initiatives to remedy this crisis have led to polarization and name calling in which opponents have misrepresented each other’s positions as open borders and amnesty versus deportations of millions. As evangelical Christian leaders, we call for a solution on immigration that: Respects the God-given dignity of every person, protects the unity of the immediate family, respects the rule of law, guarantees secure national borders, ensures fairness to taxpayers, and establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents.”

The Board of Bishops, along with hundreds of other evangelical leaders, have signed a letter to President Trump that embodies the above beliefs. To read the letter, click here. To view the list of influential signatories, click here.

We invite you to join us in bringing awareness to this important and controversial topic.

Read more about our stance on immigration and how our churches are engaging with migrant communities.

Free Methodist Conversations

LIGHT + LIFE MAGAZINE

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General Conference 2019: More than Meets the Eye

By Bishop Matt Thomas

General Conference has always been a good experience for me. There have always been inspiring messages, impactful decisions, meaningful reunions and marvelous fellowship. I have had the privilege of attending all of them since 1985- more than 30 years of GCs. GC19 will have all of the above and more.

It will involve more international delegates and leaders than ever before. It will have more resourcing opportunities for local church leaders- pastors and lay leaders- than ever before. It will have a more diverse group of presenters than ever before. It will (according to early estimates) be bigger than ever before.

One Free Methodist lead pastor of a large church said, “Our goal is to bring 50 people to GC19. We want our leadership to connect meaningfully with our whole ministry family.” Please join that pastor and register yourself and your leaders for this significant event.

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Women Clergy Revive in the Rockies

More than 100 Free Methodists were among the 300 participants in the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy’s Revive conference held April 12-15 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. The Free Methodist Church – USA had the largest denominational delegation at the conference, which the FMCUSA co-sponsored with the Brethren in Christ, Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), Church of the Nazarene, and the Wesleyan Church.

Julie Gray, the senior pastor of Aldersgate Free Methodist Church, became the new president of the organization that supports women in ministry. “We are about empowering, engaging and equipping women to lead in the church at every level,” said Gray, who is being succeeded by California Avenue Christian Fellowship Lead Pastor Soo Ji Alvarez as the Free Methodist representative to the organization’s board.

Several Free Methodists led workshops, and Ohio Superintendent Alma Thompson gave the conference’s opening message and reminded the women clergy that “we are good figs” (Jeremiah 24) who are loved and called by Jesus. “I have come to understand that I cannot afford to have a thought in my mind about me that is not in the mind of Christ,” Thompson said.

Read the June issue of Light + Life Magazine for in-depth coverage of Revive.

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Journalists Honor Light + Life

Light + Life Magazine received two awards this month from the Evangelical Press Association, which represents 206 print and digital publications, in Orlando at the association’s annual convention. This is the fourth straight year in which this leading group of Christian journalists has honored Light + Life for excellence in publishing.

Light + Life received the 2018 Award of Merit in the “Denominational — Digital” category. As the magazine of the Free Methodist Church – USA, Light + Life competed against the publication websites of larger denominations such as the Southern Baptist Convention, the Evangelical Free Church of America, the Church of the Nazarene, and the Salvation Army.

Light + Life also earned a Higher Goals Award for website design. The judges rated Light + Life fourth among all of its publications’ websites. Light + Life finished ahead of websites from large organizations such as the Voice of the Martyrs. The judges said Light + Life’s website has a “unique and bold look” and a “good balance of image and copy.”

Visit Light + Life online at lightandlifemagazine.com and click here to subscribe to the print magazine.

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