5 New Ideas (April 2017)

APRIL 2017

Every month we send you just 5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ.


Attend a workshop on Women in Church Planting. New Church Starts (Path 1) will present the pre-conference workshop at Exponential East 2017, an interdenominational gathering of church planters and new ministry leaders from across the country, April 24-27 in Orlando. For more information about Exponential, go to A limited number of discounted tickets to the pre-conference workshop are available for people who are registered for the main conference. To obtain the discounted tickets, go to

Need to know what to study next? Check out The Upper Room’s Spring Catalog to determine the next steps for your small groups or Sunday school classes. The catalog features paths of study for various spiritual themes and introduces books based on foundational, intermediate and developed study levels. Order this month and receive a 20 percent discount on study resources, including the popular Companions in Christ series. Go to

Webinar series for strengthening congregational prayer. Taylor Burton-Edwards of Discipleship Ministries will host Teach US to Pray, a three-part series of webinars, with Dr. Mark Stamm that will help you strengthen congregational prayer and your understanding of the role of congregational prayer in your local setting. The live webinars will be April 18, May 2 and May 16 at 6:30 p.m. CDT. All three webinars will be recorded for playback at a later time if you are unable to attend. For more information and to register, go to

Equip clergy and laity to lead vital, life-changing congregations. Plan to attend the 2017 School of Congregational Development Aug. 17-20 in Atlanta. The SCD will offer more than 75 seminars and workshops for bishops, district superintendents, conference staff, pastors and laity. The annual event is sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, New Church Starts (Path 1) and Global Ministries. For more information and to register, go to

Make plans now for the Global Young People’s Convocation. Encourage young people to participate in the GYPC, scheduled for July 18-22 in Johannesburg City, South Africa. Each Jurisdiction or Central Conference is entitled to send five youth, five young adults and two adult workers as voting delegates. To learn more about the event and how to become a GYPC delegate, go to

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