Over and over during his time on earth, Jesus issued an invitation to whoever would hear him: “Follow me.” He claimed that only by this following could someone find truest and deepest life, even eternal life. And the parting mission that he gave each of his followers was to go and call others likewise to follow him. In that sense, the authentic Church today is more than just a brick-and-mortar institution. It’s the long line of disciples that trails back across all time and distance to our leader and Lord, Jesus. And, going forward, it’s the great company of those of us who continue to embark on this trek together and who call others to come along with us.
If that’s the case, then joining a church congregation has to be less about becoming a member and more about becoming an active disciple of Christ Jesus. It’s why, at Shandon United Methodist, we invite you to join us on a path that is grounded in community, that is connected to the deep roots of Scripture and tradition, and that asks for your utmost commitment.