Every year, Discipleship Ministries partners with Annual Conferences (AC) by offering the One Matters Award (OMA) to one eligible congregation at each Annual Conference. The award, consisting of a commemorative plaque and a check for $1,000.00 (one thousand dollars), is delivered to the congregation during the annual conference session.
OMA has a strong focus on making disciples because, by integrating into the church body, the individual may experience the personal transformation to potentially engage in the church’s mission for the transformation of the world. While most Discipleship Ministries Programs focus on existing members, OMA focus on new members. After all, ONE Matters.
Read About One Matters Churches
Pastor John Scheuer serves a three-point charge in Minnesota – Hill City, Moose Lake, and Cromwell United Methodist churches.
In 2023, Hill City, Moose Lake, and Cromwell UMCs received the One Matters Award from Discipleship Ministries. The recognition honors United Methodist churches that are making new disciples of Jesus Christ.
“There may be a miracle just around the corner that will bring new life to your congregation,” said the Rev. Dr. Edgar Bazan. He is senior pastor of the 180-member New World United Methodist Church in Garland, Texas, part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
In 2022, New World UMC reported three baptisms, fifteen professions of faith, and seven members joining from other congregations. The church was honored with the One Matters Award from Discipleship Ministries.
Members of the 186-member Tongan First United Methodist Church in Euless, Texas, know what it is to be a stranger, and they receive newcomers with a smile and open arms. Situated between Dallas and Fort Worth, Euless is home to one of the country’s largest Tongan communities, which initially formed half a century ago as immigrants came to the Texas city for its proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and its jobs. Tongans compose about six percent of the city’s population of 60,500.