5 New Ideas (August 2017)


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


Help your church #SeeAllThePeople in its mission area. Use the revised edition of Roadmap to Renewal: Rediscovering the Church’s Mission by Douglas Ruffle of New Church Starts (Path 1). This book is a vital resource to help churches #SeeAllThePeople. It provides a step-by-step process to develop a Ministry Action Plan for churches to know their community, their mission, their strengths and challenges and know where they are going as a community of faith. For more information and to order, go to

Join the 80 Days to 80K Fundraising Challenge. Young People’s Ministries (YPM) is urging people around the world to collect donations for scholarships to the Global Young People’s Convocation next July in Johannesburg, South Africa. YPM hopes to raise $80,000 during the 80 days from July 27 to Oct. 14. The scholarships will allow fair representation of voting delegates from around the globe at the convocation. To learn how you can participate in the 80 Days to 80K Challenge, go to

Discover new ways to financially support your church’s ministry. Participate in the webinar, “Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes,” at 10 a.m. (CDT) on Sept. 7. The Rev. Rosario Picardo, author, church planter and a pastor at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio, will join Rosanna Anderson from Discipleship Ministries. Pastors and leaders in stewardship and finance will engage in questions to prompt creative thinking and innovative methods that are working in different contexts. For more information and to register, go to

Looking for practical ways to approach an honest conversation with God? Or how to stay focused and to sense God’s presence during prayer? Beads of Healing offers solutions for you, your small groups or your outreach groups to achieve these goals. Author Kristen Vincent skillfully weaves personal narrative, scripture and guided prayer experiences with beads into a beautiful invitation to healing. The book is perfect for pastors, counselors and church leaders who provide support for trauma survivors. Order it online at

An invitation to grow deeper in your own faith. Join a five-week introductory online evangelism course, Evangelism for Non-Evangelists, from Discipleship Ministries. You will reflect on why you believe God is good, articulate your faith in a way that is authentic to that belief and develop creative practices that grow from those beliefs. Dr. Mark Teasdale, the Professor of Evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Heather Heinzman Lear from Discipleship Ministries will teach the course. It is scheduled on Thursdays, Oct. 19-Nov.16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Central Time). For more information, go to To register go to

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