5 New Ideas (June 2017)

JUNE 2017

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


Developing leaders for transformational discipleship. A handbook to help congregations identify and develop leaders as a vital part of their system for transformational discipleship is available from Discipleship Resources. The book, Job Descriptions and Leadership Training in The United Methodist Church, includes one-to-two-page job descriptions for positions suggested in the Book of Discipline. Purchasers also receive permission to reproduce individual job description pages. To order, go to

Help youth work out their spiritual muscles. Building Spiritual Muscle, a six-session Bible study and discipleship resource available from Upper Room Books introduces and encourages youth to do new spiritual exercises. The book includes scripts for training and coaching adult group leaders, as well as links to video clips of key speakers from the national Youth 2015 event. To order, go to

Provide your congregation the option of online giving. Learn more about how electronic giving is not the future of giving, but rather the present reality, in an archived a webinar hosted by Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship at Discipleship Ministries. A special limited-time offer of no start-up fees for the online service and no monthly fees for a year is available for United Methodist churches. To view the webinar, go to

Learn how United Methodists are creating new places for new people. A recent report by the New Church Starts (Path 1) unit of Discipleship Ministries, “State of the United Methodist Church Planting,” describes how church planting is making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The report includes recommendations for creating new places for new people as United Methodists seek to recapture the practice of planting one new faith community a day. To download the report, go to

Are you anxious about the future of the church? Dr. Elaine Heath’s book, God Unbound, helps church leaders have meaningful conversations about tradition and culture shifts. The book also invites readers to notice where and how God is leading the church to cultivate missional wisdom during this time of uncertainty. To read the introduction and a sample chapter, go to Explore the online eCourse at

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