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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

1509 Fallston Road
Fallston, Maryland, 21047
410-877-7255
Email: fallstonumc@fallstonumc.org

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2

We have been asked to expand our “tent” as the Bible says, or extend our hospitality into a larger arena.

A new model for suburban church renewal is being introduced in our region and we are the anchor for the project. Many small United Methodist Churches have dwindling membership and fewer opportunities to engage in Bible studies, mission projects, and small groups. We will be connecting with eight congregations in our general area in unique ways that will help the disciples in these churches grow in mission and ministry. These partner churches will continue to worship in their buildings on Sunday mornings and have a lay speaker trained by our pastor and through a collaborative workshop each month. All the churches in the parish will be worshipping with the same worship sermon series. In return, Fallston UMC will receive an associate pastor and have the opportunity to expand our mission and ministry. We already widen our tent beyond the Fallston area serving broadly in areas of need close to home and around the world, but this will give us a foothold in neighboring communities so that we increase the number of lives influenced by the love of Christ through our hearts and hands. To work alongside us in this vineyard will be folks from 8 surrounding churches who will become our partners in this work. It is the United Methodist Connectional system working at its best.

In terms of our day to day life together, you may see additional opportunities to serve in hands on ways, additional Bible study opportunities offered at various locations, an associate pastor who will be engaging with us and the community; and a lot of excitement as we take on this new adventure. There are various places around the country with similar models but none exactly like this. It’s an opportunity, an adventure, and truly I believe God’s call for us as I’ve discerned in prayer. It’s not rocket science. It doesn’t change our basic way of operating. It’s not an old model but brand new. I hope you will join me in having fun with this as we meet new people and do great new work together in the kingdom.

Blessings, Karin

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