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'Discipleship Ministries' Is Agency's New Identity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. March 3, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Discipleship Ministries has officially become the new name of the general agency of The United Methodist Church known for years as The General Board of Discipleship, or GBOD.  Read More

First Edition of The Upper Room Daily Devotional Printed in Cuba

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Feb. 6, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Until now, The Upper RoomvThe Upper Room daily devotional has never been printed in Cuba, and for decades the only copies available to individuals and churches in the island nation were delivered in the luggage of missionaries or shipped from the Dominican Republic.  Read More

Africana Hymnal Project Film Documentary Wins Emmy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Feb. 3, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – A documentary film tracing the history of black sacred music, produced by Discipleship Ministries as part of The Africana Hymnal Project, has received a regional Emmy for best documentary.  Read More

Hughes Named Adult Discipleship Director at Discipleship Ministries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Feb. 3, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – The Rev. Dr. M. Scott Hughes, an elder in the North Georgia Annual Conference, will become director of adult discipleship at Discipleship Ministries on July 1.  Read More

Training for Multiethnic Church Planting Scheduled in February

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jan. 26, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Training to help congregations learn how to become successful multiethnic places of worship and to help church planters establish new multiethnic churches will be provided at a special two-day program next month in Texas.  Read More

Early Bird Registration Deadline Days Away for YOUTH 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jan. 19, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Three-plus packed days of inspiring speakers and top-flight Christian musical artists await youth and youth leaders who attend YOUTH 2015 in June, but the deadline for early bird registration is just a few days away.  Read More

Chuck Knows Church Launches New Show Jan. 12

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jan. 5, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Chuck Knows Church is expanding to a new series, and this time Chuck is on a church committee!  Read More

United Methodists in Africa Distributing Ebola Resource

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Dec.19, 2014 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Africans plagued by the deadly Ebola virus are receiving in-depth information about the outbreak in a brochure produced by medical experts at Vanderbilt University and printed by United Methodists in Liberia.  Read More

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Discipleship Ministries is one of fourteen international agencies of The United Methodist Church, based in Nashville, Tennessee.   Discipleship Ministries has over 150 employees that resource The United Methodist Church in the areas of new church starts, leadership development, Christian education, spiritual formation, worship, stewardship, evangelism, and other areas. […]

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