My calling to the Lord's ministry, together with my practical and theological understanding of it, has been evolving. In 1983 when the Lord placed his call upon my life in the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA), I did not fully know what the Lord meant, neither did I fully understand what he was leading me into. I did not know, in his Prevenient Grace, that he meantfor me to serve the Coventry and Nuneaton Methodist Circuit at this time. As I trusted him then, I trust him today.
Throughout my calling, I have been committed to reconciling, with the help that the Spirit provides, the duality between the proclamation of the gospel in word and sacrament and the demonstration of the gospel as exemplified in charitable giving, economic empowerment, and social justice. Neither is complete without the other in the economy of God's mission.
In connection with this reconciliation is the Circuit's mission statement, summarised in the strap line, 'Loving Others as God Loves us', which grounds its missional practice. An outline of this practice is rooted in the principles of the Circuit's Evangelical Growth Action Plan (EGAP) which Methodists and Methodist friends are inhabiting. I constantly rely on the Holy Spirit to multiply the fruit of such a practice.
With the support of the Staff, the CLT, colleagues, and the members of the churches in the Circuit, I embrace the unique opportunity that the Lord has offered me to minister, for such a time asthis, among communities that yield cohesion for the celebration of diversity.
I am infinitely grateful to my wife, Sylvia, and son, Jean-De-luc for their distinctive insights, prayers, and love.
Rev'd Dr Marcus Torchon, PhD