Signs of change


Cornerstone UMC
In three cities, strategic church planning has led to distinctly different outcomes this year — in McAlester, Barnsdall, and Oklahoma City.

Their work is reflected in guiding principles of the Conference’s Strategic Plan:

  • Discern what God is doing in our midst.
  • Be open to creative solutions … and emerging truths.
  • No one strategy fits all churches.
  • Refocus assets and energies to serve our mission: Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Right, outside OKC- Cornerstone Church on Nov. 4 are co-pastors Diana Pruitt and Steven Brant. The merger of Ridgecrest and May Avenue churches, with similar worship numbers, created Cornerstone. It meets at the former May Avenue location.

Lower photo: In McAlester, the former Christ UMC closed in June to become a mission outreach center of First UMC. In 2009, the merger of Grand Avenue and Wesley churches formed First UMC.