About One Matters
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.
“With the One Matters Discipleship Award, we want to lift up the importance of discipleship and help interpret across the connection what zeros in professions of faith and baptism mean and what moving away from the zeros means,” said Jeff Campbell, Associate General Secretary, Strategic Programming at Discipleship Ministries. “Each 'one' in those categories represents a transformed life – a life that matters to God, and a life that should matter to us.”
“Each conference can nominate a church and share that church’s story of how they are turning things around, making disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world," Campbell said.
The award, which includes $1,000 and a One Matters Discipleship Award plaque, will be presented to the pastor and lay leaders of a congregation which has done significant work to make its zeros from previous years become positive numbers," Campbell said. "The monetary award is designed to encourage continued growth in the area of discipleship."
Rev. Dr. Evan D. Young
Executive Director, Stakeholder Relations