Thanks to the large number of you who responded to my E-pistle in late July about the proposed Vision and Values Statement. Based upon your many responses and a variety of other conversations, the statement has been revised (and hopefully improved), so here is the latest draft version. We continue to seek feedback and (hopefully) support as we move toward asking the Leadership Table of the Indiana Conference to adopt this statement at their meeting on October 26th. Again, you can reply to this E-pistle and send any further thoughts and suggested revisions. Thanks for your help.

Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church

Proposed Statement of our Vision and Values

8/19/13 Draft


The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church will make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


We will be a connection of vibrant congregations working together to fulfill our mission.

  • Our connection will reflect the life and spirit of Jesus Christ.
  • Our vibrant congregations will exhibit the "Fruitful Practices" of radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity.
  • Our mission will be accomplished through increasing the number of faithful disciples engaged in missions locally and globally.
  • As faithful disciples we will live by the Wesleyan "Three Simple Rules": do no harm, do good, stay in love with God.


We will discover, develop and deploy effective leaders for vibrant congregations.

  • Clergy leaders will feel affirmed, equipped, and accountable to the mission. 
  • Lay leaders will live their sense of call to ministry both within and outside the church.
  • Leadership at all levels of the Indiana Conference will work through mission-focused teams.


We will move our Indiana Conference from our current reality to these aspirational ones…

  • From maintenance to mission,
  • From careers to calling,
  • From inward-focused to outward-focused ministry,
  • From stagnation to innovation,
  • From looking for differences to celebrating diversity,
  • From preference-driven to purpose-centered,
  • From competition to collaboration,
  • From entitlement to service, 
  • From contention to Christian conferencing,
  • From divisions to connection, and
  • From saving our institution to proclaiming the reign of God.

A simple visual summary:

Effective Leadership=>Vibrant Congregations=>Faithful Disciples=>Transforming the World