Matthew 28 has sparked our missional imagination. Before M28 both myself and my church were in a
kind of holding pattern, maybe just waiting for inspiration, something. The outward focus that Matthew 28
encourages with its structure and accountability has sparked creativity in our folks. My leaders moved the
church to giving our Spring Festival proceeds to the local YMCA. My leaders are working to establish a
Hicks UMC scholarship for a high school student that specifically doesn't attend our church. My leaders
are networking with the public schools and businesses and law enforcement to help people. There is a
spirit of anything's possible in our church. We started a third service. Growth in worship attendance and
small groups, while modest, is the result of our folks inviting their unchurched neighbors and coworkers
rather than simply attracting people from other churches. Our church is showing Jesus to the community.

As a coach I have enjoyed seeing and hearing of growth at Centre Grove Church, Clearfield under the
leadership of Randy Willis. By Randy's testimony the church is energized and reaching out to their
community. He reports that fully 10 percent of the folks in worship now have come in the past year
through Matthew 28.

When a pastor and congregation are open to the Spirit and ready to work with the Spirit, Matthew 28 is a
tool toward transformation.

                                                    --Rich Morris, pastor Hicks Memorial UMC, Duncansville Altoona District

As pastoral leaders, it is easy to 'play church.' Our natural tendency is to go through the
motions of the ebb and flow of congregational life. Matthew 28 was a huge paradigm
shift. I was challenged to be intentional about making disciples. The congregation was
challenged to be intentional about outreach. Matthew 28 helped our congregation
look beyond our four walls to see the needs of the community around us. As a result
of Matthew 28, we are more outward focused, more in tune with the leading of the Holy
Spirit, and more open to trying new things. Our congregation has seen many new
families, new ministries, and a new desire to make a difference in our community.

A huge asset of the Matthew 28 process was getting together with other pastors on
a monthly basis. The small group created a formative outlet for learning and leaning
on one another. As 'iron sharpens iron,' we were able to support and encourage each
other in the midst of systemic change. Some pastors have battle scars from leading
change in their congregations. Our group enabled us to keep our eyes on Jesus as
we gathered with others who have a strong desire to build up the kingdom and to be
intentional about making disciples.

                                                    --John A. Godissart, pastor McConnellsburg UMC, Altoona District