Emerging Methodism: An Interview with Derrick Scott

Connectional Table’s “Emerging” series continues with an interview with Derrick Scott, Executive Director of the Campus to City Wesley Foundation, a United Methodist multi-campus ministry in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida and surrounding areas. This video captures their entire discussion about campus ministry and emerging adults, the pandemics of COVID-19 and racism, divisiveness in the U.S. and in The United Methodist Church, and the future of the church.

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What are some of the “raging waters of life” that students are facing?

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai and Derrick Scott discuss ministry in the context of working with students. As they learn to balance college, finances, politics, and a pandemic, it’s important for students to have a space to work through all they are learning to navigate and manage.

How are the communities you’re serving impacted by the twin pandemics of racism and COVID-19?

Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai and Derrick Scott discuss the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racism from the perspective of the college students who are part of his ministry.

How do we embrace differences as being as important as shared understandings and agreements?

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai and Derrick Scott examine how students are understanding and managing a time of divisiveness in the U.S. and in the church.

What preoccupations and passions are contemporary marks of United Methodists?

Derrick Scott talks with the Connectional Table’s Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai about welcome and connection as important characteristics in The United Methodist Church.

What do we need to learn to do differently to sustain vital, relevant and effective ministry?

Derrick Scott discusses the importance of getting both clergy and laity out of the office and pews to do the work in their community and the world.

What do your students consider as essential for the future of ministry of the church?

In this conversation with the Rev. Bigham-Tsai, Derrick Scott identifies openness, invitational spirituality and public witness as qualities the college students he serves would say are essential for ministry.

Emerging Methodism Video Series Introduction

Wesley's historic questions were about what to teach, how to teach and what to do. For the next interval of features for the Connectional Table's Emerging Forum we will seek to update these questions for our current moment. We will invite energetic conversation that will illumine our identity which is tied to what and how we teach, our preferred actions, what we do and our abiding hopes as we envision the future United Methodist Church.

About Emerging: God Is Doing a New Thing in United Methodism

This video interview is part of a series created for "Emerging: God Is Doing a New Thing in United Methodism," which is an online forum created by the Connectional Table to engage United Methodists with a diversity of perspectives from across our worldwide connection in thinking deeply about what is emerging at this time in the life of our connection. 

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