Pilgrims to Learn Disciple Making in the Wesleyan Tradition

Salisbury Cathedral

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nov. 2, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – United Methodist lay and clergy leaders who participate in the 2016 Wesley Pilgrimage to England will learn how their shared ministry leads to making disciples as they immerse themselves in the Christ-centered leadership of John and Charles Wesley.

The 10-day pilgrimage, July 11-21, 2016 will be cosponsored by Discipleship Ministries and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church.

“One of our goals is to help the pilgrims understand that disciples make disciples,” said Steve Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership at Discipleship Ministries and pilgrimage co-leader. “Wesleyan leadership is shared ministry, a partnership between clergy and laity that leads congregations in their mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ who are equipped to join in Christ’s mission in the world.”

During the 10-day journey, pilgrims will learn, pray and explore places where the Wesley brothers lived and served. They will reflect and make new friends in small groups, and they will make connections between their Wesleyan heritage and the missional leadership the church needs today.

The pilgrims will explore:

  • Epworth: The Wesley birthplace
  • Oxford: Where John and Charles Wesley were students and led the Holy Club
  • Bristol: The home of the class meeting and where Methodism became a movement
  • London: Where both Wesley brothers experienced assurance of salvation and John Wesley built the center of British Methodism
  • Salisbury: Home of a vital Methodist congregation once served by Bishop Francis Asbury

In addition to Manskar, the pilgrimage will be led by Dr. Paul Chilcote, Academic Dean and Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.

The pilgrimage registration fee is $2,195, which includes 10 nights’ lodging, most meals, coach travel to pilgrimage sites and the program. The fee does not include airfare to England. Register online at http://UMCdiscipleship.org/WesleyPilgrimage.

Commissioned provisional elders and deacons and licensed local pastors are eligible to apply for the reduced scholarship registration fee of $1,095. Download the Scholarship Application Form and send the completed form to Manskar at [email protected] before Jan. 15. Scholarship recipients will be notified on Jan. 27.

Pilgrims will receive three continuing education units (CEUs).

To make a donation to the Wesley Pilgrimage Scholarship Fund, go to http://bit.ly/1FvaAF5.

The mission of Discipleship Ministries is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit the Press Center or call the Communications Office at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 1726.

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