Our Journey

Bishop Gary E. Mueller

You have heard me say for five years now that I have hopes and dreams galore about what God can do through the United Methodist Church in Arkansas. I truly am persuaded that lives can be changed, communities transformed and the world touched in astounding ways.

I believe with everything in me that our churches can be filled with disciples who make new disciples, that those disciples can be equipped to serve, and that they willingly will leave the safety of the church to engage the mission field. And I am convinced that spiritual revival can become a reality in every single one of our congregations.

This is not merely my idea of what should happen. I believe at its heart it’s God’s vision that has become clear through Scripture, being in community with you and being attuned to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

But there’s so much more we need to learn from God. So here’s what I want to invite you to do. Let’s pray. Let’s pray so we can better understand what God’s up to. Let’s pray so we can each understand what God wants us to do to be part of what God’s doing. And let’s pray that we will be committed enough to go all in for God. Do it every day. Do it when you gather for worship or Bible study. Do it at home with your family. And do it when you gather in committee meetings.

I’m not sure where all of this will take us, I really don’t. But I do know that being a disciple of Jesus Christ is serious enough that we have to being willing to listen to God, confess our shortcomings, and venture out of our comfort zones at the very moment when we most want to be safe and snug. I also know this. I am grateful to God that I am on the journey with you.

Come, Holy Spirit, come! Gary E. Mueller