I do not think I would be very excited about General Conference if there was not much to celebrate. However, there is. I have been in churches this year that have grown by over 100% in one year. I have been in churches where more than 30 people were baptized in one day. I have heard testimonies of the homeless who no longer are; of broken people who no longer are; of separated couples who no longer are and of churches that were formerly isolated from their communities but no longer are.
The Free Methodist Church is in better shape in many places than many might imagine. I spoke with a newly ordained pastor who is in the process of seeking to affiliate their congregation with one of our Conferences. The pastor said, "there is such high excitement that many of our congregation wanted to come to see and hear what is going on in the FMC. Another person in one of the Annual Conferences earlier this summer said, "I have been in the Free Methodist Church all my life and I like everything I am seeing and hearing. I feel like this church is moving back to its roots and moving forward with God's blessings."
So, when we show up in New York next week, it will be with an eagerness to hear more, experience more and look forward to God challenging his church to do more and be more like Jesus than ever before. Please pay and share your story with others.