5 New Ideas (January 2017)

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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!

Idea 1Discover more about small group ministry. Listen to the series of free podcasts called Small Groups and the Wesleyan Way. The podcasts go beyond curriculum, programs and best practices to learn from our Wesleyan roots and explore the foundations for small groups that produce disciples of Jesus Christ who, in turn, disciple others. They feature Scott Hughes and Steve Manskar from Discipleship Ministries. To learn more and to download all podcasts, go to

Idea 2Help your congregations become more diverse. Join others from around the U.S. at the second Multiethnic Church Planting training event March 29-31 in Oklahoma City. The event for church planters, potential planters and conference leaders is sponsored by New Church Starts (Path1). Dr. Brian Leander from Adelphia University and pastors from successful ministries will lead the training. For more information and to register, go to

Idea 3Get information, inspiration and global perspectives for youth leaders. Multiple weekly updates from authors across the connection create a beautiful web of devotions, meditations, ministry development support and more on the Young People’s Ministries blog. The January series on church life includes entries on writing your own worship song, learning from long-term youth ministers and safe sanctuaries. Connect to the blog at

Idea 4Be part of the 2017 Wesley Pilgrimage in England. Register now for the immersion experience in Wesleyan leadership July 10-20, sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, Higher Education and Ministry and the General Commission on Archives and History. The pilgrimage is open to United Methodist leaders, both lay and clergy. Scholarships are available for commissioned, provisional elders and deacons, licensed local pastors, lay servants, lay speakers, certified lay ministers and others in congregational elected leadership. For more information, go to

Idea 5Journey to the cross this Lent. In the six-week study, Worship in Light of the Cross: Meditations on Lent, author John Indermark urges us to focus on the cross – its imprint on how we worship as a community and how it transforms our discipleship. The study will inspire your congregation to connect Sunday worship with their daily lives through the components of worship: gathering, invocation, confession, proclamation, creed, response and sacrament. This Lenten study, which also includes a Leader’s Guide for small groups and ideas for creating a weekly worship, is available from Upper Room Books at

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


Rev. Junius B. Dotson

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