5 New Ideas (November 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!

Rev. Junius B. DotsonPost-Election Discipleship: 3 Ways to Reach Disappointed People

On election day, Nov. 8 at 11:30 AM CT, let us help you lead your congregation after the election! Join Rev. Junius B. Dotson, our General Secretary, LIVE on election day at Facebook for: "Post-Election Discipleship: 3 Ways to Reach Disappointed People." (This video is now archived and availabe on our Facebook page)


Idea 1Get new worship resources for Advent and Christmas. Everything worship planners need to build a sound, rich and rewarding series through the seasons of Advent and Christmas are available free online from Discipleship Ministries. The newly designed resources include full worship orders with diverse music suggestions, notes on the songs suggested, preaching notes, planning resources and graphics for both bulletins and screen presentations. Download the resources at

Idea 2Prepare your heart for Advent. Participate individually or as a group in The Upper Room’s online Advent retreat study, Prepare the Way. Author Pam Hawkins will help you welcome the Christ child into your life once again with this four-week study which offers guided prayer, scripture readings and reflections based on a weekly word theme. For more information, go to or contact Sharon Conley at [email protected].

Idea 3Learn to plant intentionally multiethnic ministries. Church planters, potential planters and conference leaders are invited to the second Multiethnic Church Planting training event sponsored by New Church Starts (Path1) March 29-31, 2017, in Oklahoma City. Training will be led by Dr. Brian Leander from Adelphia University and will include pastors from successful ministries. This will be a great opportunity for focused conversation on starting new multiethnic ministries. For more information and to register, go to

Idea 4Help your youth leaders renew their passion and vision. Dream Again, the 2017 Perkins School of Youth Ministry Conference, will give youth leaders renewed refreshment, inspiration and equipment to fulfill their calling in youth ministry. Foundations sessions are available for youth leaders in their first two years of ministry. More experienced leaders can benefit from the practical and theological workshops lead by other U.S. youth leaders and Perkins School of Theology staff. The conference will be Jan. 9-12 at Highland Park UMC in Dallas. For more information, go to

Idea 5Read reflectively and pray daily on the lectionary scripture. The Upper Room’s most popular devotional book, Disciplines 2017, is a perfect holiday gift for anyone preaching and studying the lectionary. It offers study and reflection on the lectionary through daily meditations written by leading Christian authors. Quantity discounts are available. To order, call (800) 972-0433 or visit the Upper Room bookstore online at

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

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