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One Matters Award to Encourage Baptisms and Professions of Faith

NNASHVILLE, Tenn. April 17, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ Annual conferences are being encouraged to renew their focus on discipleship, especially at congregations in the United Methodist connection where annual baptisms and professions of faith too often are nonexistent, by honoring churches with the new One Matters Discipleship Award.  Read More

New Church Resource Helps Youth Understand Sexual Identity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. April 9, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – A new resource to help youth struggling with their sexual identity, who are statistically more prone to suicide, is now available as part of the SEX: A Christian Perspective on Our Bodies, Decisions and Relationships series from Young People’s Ministries (YPM).  Read More

Experts to Host Upper Room Call-in Event for Caregivers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. April 8, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Caregivers who know the joys and challenges of providing care for others will be able to engage in a conversation with two leading experts on caregiving during a live call-in seminar hosted by Upper Room Ministries, a unit of Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church, and the Henri Nouwen Society.  Read More

Aricana Hymnal Project Preserves Rich Musical History

NASHVILLE, Tenn. April 7, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – The Africana Hymnal Project, a multiyear effort to provide music and worship resources from African-American traditions and to identify and preserve the rich history of music forms born out of slavery, is now available for future generations of musicians and worship leaders.  Read More

Ross Named to New Vital Congregations Position at Discipleship Ministries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. April 7, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – The Rev. Vance P. Ross has been named to the new position of director of annual conference relations/annual conference strategist for vital congregations at Discipleship Ministries.  Read More

Rasing Named to Young People's Central Conference Post

NASHVILLE, Tenn. March 23, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – The addition of Mighty Rasing to the staff of Discipleship Ministries as the new director of program development for Central Conferences will bolster the effectiveness of the United Methodist Church's youth and young adult ministries in those areas of the world.  Read More


NASHVILLE, Tenn. March 20, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Grants from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) that were destined for various ministry projects among the United Methodist Church’s Korean, Asian American and Pacific Islander Ministries were mishandled by a former staffer during 2006-2010 and some of the funds were used for purposes other than stated in the grant applications.  Read More

'Flat Wesleys' Help Children Learn, Practice Intentional Discipleship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. March 16, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Children throughout the United Methodist connection are learning about the history of the Methodist movement and practicing intentional discipleship with the help of drawings of John and Charles Wesley called "Flat Wesleys."  Read More

'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 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

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