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.
Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church is urging each conference to use the award to recognize one church that is turning zeros into positive numbers with a renewed focus on discipleship.
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Churches Recognized for Remarkable Leadership at Annual Conference
During Annual Conference, a number of churches and their pastors were recognized for excellence and outstanding leadership. Rev. Robert Besser, Director, Congregational Excellence, explained these congregations are testaments to the distinct quality of ministry throughout the TAC.
“There are many effective and wonderful congregations and pastors in the conference,” he said. “This year, we are recognizing these selected pastors and churches, but there are so many dedicated and creative congregations and leaders in the TAC.”
There’s room at The Table for everyone
If you look at just about any calendar, Sunday is the first day of the week. But, if you view Sunday the way the congregation at The Table UMC in Sacramento, Calif., does, you’ll see Sunday is the last day.
“We want our people to have been exposed to scripture and involved in ministry for the whole week preceding Sunday morning worship,” said the Rev. Linda Dew-Hiersoux, co-pastor of the church. They see Sunday morning as the cap to a week of study, learning, and ministry. Read More
Rev. Dr. Evan D. Young
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