5 New Ideas (May 2017)

APRIL 2017

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


Create an intentional discipleship system and see all the people. Join the new grassroots initiative #SeeAllThePeople designed by Discipleship Ministries to inspire a disciple-making movement across our denomination. Go to and download the free study booklet, Developing an Intentional Discipleship System: A Guide for Congregations. Also watch a discussion starter video, start a conversation using the hashtag #SeeAllThePeople and share other resources available on the website.

Get help planning safe travels for youth ministries. As ministry leaders prepare for special events and to travel with children, youth and vulnerable adults, Young People’s Ministries has developed guidelines that specifically address best practices consistent with Safe Sanctuaries® guidelines and policies. Leaders can use the suggestions as a risk reduction strategy while planning events and traveling with youth, or other vulnerable populations, as a part of their ministry. Download the free resource for organizing your travel while utilizing Safe Sanctuaries guidelines at

Strengthening faith formation in Christian homes. The 2017 resource for Christian Home Month, Families Called to Love, is designed by Discipleship Ministries to help conferences and local congregations develop and strengthen faith in the home. Although Christian Home Month typically is celebrated during May, congregations may choose any month to focus on the Christian home and its key role as a center for faith formation. To download the resource, go to

A colorful way to stay focused while praying. Coloring books aren't just for kids anymore. In recent years, adult coloring books have become popular as many grownups have discovered that coloring can quiet their thoughts and reduce anxiety. Join Sharon Seyfarth Garner, a United Methodist pastor, spiritual director and retreat leader, as she tells how coloring offers her a new way to pray in the Upper Room eCourse, Praying with Mandalas. For more information and to register, go to

How to use failures as a springboard for growing a ministry. The latest book in a series of Wesleyan Church Planting Resources from New Church Starts (Path 1) is coming in June. In Failing Boldly: How Falling Down in Ministry Can Be the Start of Rising Up, Christian Coon describes his own missteps and mistakes as cofounder of the Urban Village Church, as well as those of others working to start ministries. He shows how failure can serve as a catalyst to new possibilities and even a closer connection to God. To pre-order, go to

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