Currently I am blogging live from a retreat where we're spending time talking about imagining alternative communities of faith and new church start initiatives.
Last night we spent some time in small groups talking about things that really jazz us. My group dealt with intentional missional urban or sub-urban [not "suburban" but communities that exist in close proximity to a city center but would have their own unique identities] communities and how the UMC might be able to creatively begin to live this out by networking with existing urban/sub-urban churches and/or starting intentional communities where a group of people intentionally give themselves to an area of a city and move in not to "save" the city but to live the kingdom of God among the people in the way of Jesus.
It sparked some pretty exciting conversation. It's something we really haven't really attempted yet in our conference of the Methodist Church although we have some amazing existing and historic ministries that are thriving and changing lives in urban settings.