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Discipleship in Relationship with the Local Church

The local church is the body of Christ in our world. The “body of Christ” is too often used as a mere figure of speech, yet that phrase expresses the reality that Christ lives through his people. God’s people, as disciples, extend the life of Jesus to the world through the local church. Use this guide with your small group to better understand the role of the local church.

Transformational Small Groups in the Style of the Wesleyan Class Meeting

Wesley understood Christian discipleship more like an apprenticeship to Jesus than a scholarly endeavor where one masters a body of knowledge. So, Wesley developed a process by which Methodists cultivate this kind of discipleship. A process that allowed people who desired this kind of character to be challenged and held accountable for the sake of fleeing the wrath to come. Use this guide with your small group to discuss the class meeting model.

What is Discipleship?

Many problems in the church today can be understood when we realize that so many church members have not yet decided to follow Christ. The discipleship path is a journey that results from every Christian’s answer to the call, “Follow me.” Use this guide with your small group to consider what discipleship means.

Human Sexuality 1: 4 Views (Formerly, the Sugar Packet Analogy)

Developed by Rev. Ashley Morgan Kirk, High School Pastor at Church of the Resurrection, Leawood Campus and Elder in the Missouri Conference. A tool to help local church members understand the UMC denominational conversation around human sexuality. These are four predominant views within the UMC. There are many perspectives that fall beyond these basic descriptions, but it may serve as a starting point for local church conversations. There are two file types - one that includes more description around progressive and traditionalist viewpoints. Again, no description is all-encompassing of a theological perspective. This resource is meant to serve as a conversation starter.

Human Sexuality 2: 4 Views (Formerly, the Sugar Packet Analogy)

Developed by Rev. Ashley Morgan Kirk, High School Pastor at Church of the Resurrection, Leawood Campus and Elder in the Missouri Conference. A tool to help local church members understand the UMC denominational conversation around human sexuality. These are four predominant views within the UMC. There are many perspectives that fall beyond these basic descriptions, but it may serve as a starting point for local church conversations. There are two file types - one that includes more description around progressive and traditionalist viewpoints. Again, no description is all-encompassing of a theological perspective. This resource is meant to serve as a conversation starter.

The Church + Politics Legal Webinar

This one-hour webinar answers questions about how pastors and churches can legally engage in political speech and activities. Learn more about the Johnson Amendment, legislation that regulates what tax-exempt organizations such as churches can do in the political arena. Plus, a bonus segment on how churches can help reach vulnerable populations in the 2020 Census facilitated by Sidney Owens, Community Engagement Specialist.

Discipleship Coaching

Discipleship coaching offers a model for creating a transformational, multiplying discipleship culture within a ministry context. Through this coaching model you can develop a focused vision for where you’re going and a creative plan for getting there.  

What is Mentoring

Discover what is included in mentoring, including questions to ask yourself as you discern whether you are called to be a mentor and idea starters on initiating a mentoring conversation.  

Passing the Baton Move Pack

A guide for pastors in transition

Benefits Roadshow 2019

In this recorded live stream, Rev. Nate Berneking, Director of Finance & Administration, discusses healthcare and retirement benefits for annual election 2020. Berneking also explains Wespath's upcoming proposal to General Conference 2020. The 2020 proposal will create significant changes to the pension for both full and part-time clergy.

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