5 New Ideas (March 2017)

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MARCH 2017

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


Help youth work out their spiritual muscles and build their faith. Use Building Spiritual Muscle, a new six-session Bible study and discipleship resource designed for youth by Chris Wilterdink at Young People’s Ministries and ministry consultant Sabrina Short. The resource includes scripts for training and coaching adult group leaders, as well as links to video clips of key speakers from the YOUTH 2015 event. For more information and to order, go to

Learn more about starting new places for new people. If your church wants to create new places for new people – one of the four areas of focus of The United Methodist Church – it’s important to understand the people you currently influence, those you want to reach and some of the barriers you’ll need to overcome to connect with those outside your natural affinity groups. Get “Starting New Places for New People,” a free resource from New Church Starts (Path 1), to begin discussions with leaders in your church. For a free download, go to

Be inspired by the prayers of Celtic Christians. Beth Richardson of Upper Room Ministries reflects on her own Celtic heritage and offers a rich collection of stories and prayers in her book, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me. This source of Celtic prayers and blessings will make you aware of God's presence in all the moments of your life – from waking to sleeping, birth to death, ordinary tasks to momentous celebrations. For more information and to order, go to

Remind givers how their offering makes a difference. Special Offertory Prayers, written by the stewardship staff at Discipleship Ministries, can help the people in your pews know that their offering travels to many places and makes a powerful difference in the lives of people they may never meet. The prayers are written for each Sunday in the month. To download Offertory Prayers, go to

Understanding the spiritual needs of baby boomers. Whether you are a member of the baby boomer generation, the child of a boomer or a church leader creating a ministry for boomers, Craig Kennet Miller’s new book, Boomer Spirituality: Seven Values for the Second Half of Life, can provide great insight. As the aging boomer generation navigates dramatic life changes, this book can be your guide to the way boomers view the world and look toward the future. The book and an optional study guide are available at

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