5 New Ideas (December 2016)

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Every month we send you just 5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Here’s this month’s issue!

3 Ways to Connect with Your Community at Christmas - Junius B. Dotson

The Rev. Junius B. Dotson shared 3 Ways to Connect with Your Community at Christmas during this month's Facebook LIVE broadcast. (This video is now archived and availabe on our Facebook page)


Idea 1Get new resources to equip church leaders for revitalization. New guidebooks from Discipleship Resources are available for quality leadership team training for your church’s key staff, laity in leadership positions and pastor. Topics of the four TeamWorks Guidebooks are Spiritual Life of the Leaders, Connecting with Your Community, Creating a Discipleship System and Futurecasting. Each contains seminars, personal devotions, tools and articles, and downloadable presentation slides and webinars are available at the TeamWorks website. For more information, go to http:/TeamworksUMC.org/ or contact Craig Kennet Miller at [email protected].

Idea 2Learning to create new ministries for new people. Existing churches can discover ways to reach new population groups by becoming familiar with the “Seven Seasons of Church Planting,” a free resource from New Church Starts (Path 1) at Discipleship Ministries. Path 1 researched the best practices for planting new places for new people, but the same resource can help established churches think through the steps for starting a new ministry. The booklet is available in pdf format and can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/2g81GZ3.

Idea 3Do you hunger for a deep spiritual experience? Start your New Year by registering for the next Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation starting July 2017 in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Sustain your ministry by giving yourself the gift of renewal, a place where you will find time to pray, reflect, worship and learn. To register or learn more about all of The Academy events, go to http://academy.upperroom.org.

Idea 4Listen to young people share their faith. Subscribe to REVERB, the Young People’s Podcast from Young People’s Ministries. The podcast features conversations with and for United Methodist young people who are living their Christian story. REVERB connects listeners to all of YPM’s programs and networks. To learn how to subscribe, go to http://umcyoungpeople.org/podcasts.

Idea 5Begin discipleship in your church at baptism. Congregations need to begin forming members as disciples of Jesus Christ when they are children and nurture their development as youth and throughout adulthood. Three new books published by Discipleship Resources are basic resources for helping United Methodist congregations with the disciple-making mission. Growing Everyday Disciples: Covenant Discipleship With Children, Everyday Disciples: Covenant Discipleship With Youth, and Disciples Making Disciples: A Guide for Covenant Discipleship Groups & Class Leaders all draw upon our Wesleyan Methodist heritage and the “method” of Methodism – the class meeting and class leaders. Get them at http://bookstore.upperroom.org/Products/CategoryCenter/DR!WES/wesleyan.aspx.

That’s all this month. 5 more ideas coming your way in January.

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