Welcome to the Driftless Regional Ministries!
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What is the Driftless Regional Ministry?
The Driftless Regional Ministry is a network of churches spread out across the Driftless Region of western Wisconsin. Those four United Methodist churches are: Faith on Salem Ridge, New Hope in Red Mound/rural De Soto, Retreat, and Westby.
We are the product of an opportunity that arose in the winter of 2015-2016. New Hope and Retreat United Methodist Churches in rural De Soto were facing a situation. Their pastor was going into retirement in July of 2016 and they were now in the search for a new pastor. After much prayer and searching, Pastor Judie Jacobson (New Hope/Retreat) and Pastor Jim Aniol (Faith/Westby) proposed an idea. It was the formation of a new ministry network. The four churches would combine into one larger family of faith. Together, the four churches would be able to work together much more effectively in fulfilling the Great Commision:
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." ~ Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
And from this idea, the Driftless Regional Ministry became established on July 1st, 2016.
Hidden meaning of the Driftless Regional Ministry Logo!
There's more to it than you think!
Meaning of the Driftless Regional Ministry Logo
There is more to our logo than just the beautiful scenery of the Driftless Region and the United Methodist Cross.
In the center of our logo is the light of this world, the sun. For us, the light of our world is the Son, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Flowing from the Son of God is living water. Once we have this living water, we never thirst again.
But there is also a divided land, a land divided by a wide deep chasm. There are two ways to get across a chasm. The first is to go down one side, cross the body of water and climb up the other side. This takes a long time, and a lot of energy. The other way to get across a chasm is more efficient. You can use it every time you want to get to the other side, you build a bridge.
Bridges are built between people through relationships, just like Jesus did every time he entered a new town. Bridges heal divides between people and create understanding.
The relation between God & Us in the Driftless Regional Ministry logo
A more significant vision that the bridge brings to mind is a quick sketch that evangelists like to use to explain the relationship between God and us.
Can’t you see our logo in this picture? That’s what we see! But there’s more.
This picture shows us that all humans are on the left side, divided and separated from God. There is only one way across the chasm between us and God, Jesus and His sacrificial death on the cross.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ~ John 14:6 (NIV)
"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son." ~ John 3:17-18 (NIV)
There are a few other things that we see in our logo.
The chasm also divides us, the families that make up the United Methodist churches of Faith, New Hope, Retreat and Westby, from those that have not yet heard the Word of God. This chasm can only be breached when we bring Jesus and the Good News of salvation to the people on the other side.
The flame of the Holy Spirit rises from the base of the cross and the living water.
What do you see in our logo?