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#SeeAllThePeople E-Course

The resource, available online at elearning.SeeAllThePeople.org, is designed to communicate the basic principles behind #SEEALLTHEPEOPLE, a movement to help people understand what discipleship and evangelism mean in the 21st century. The series includes a downloadable study guide, as well as teaching and discussion videos for each of the three sessions. The teaching series, See All The People: Discipleship Begins with Relationship, features the Rev. Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary (CEO) of ...

My Place

My Place for ministry leaders provides a semester long outline to use with young adults (ages 18-25) seeking to find relevance in their faith and call to serve God.

Developing a MAC (Ministry as a Career) Track Exploration for Any Sized Congregation Webinar

This webinar, led by Rev. Molly Moore, is about creating an avenue for churches to crack the window, invite the Spirit in, and raise up young people into ministry leadership. Participants of any church size will walk away with practical ideas on inviting young people into leadership.

21 Days of Prayer by Rev. Jenn Weekes-Klein

This 21 Days of Prayer Journal, is designed as a holistic and integrative means to prepare ourselves as clergy and laity, as local churches and as the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church for the holy business of Annual Conference.

Almost Christian by Kenda Creasy Dean

Almost Christian investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about Christianity and at the same time so apathetic about genuine religious practice.

Connect Classes Flyer Example

Connect Classes are offered as an entry point to Morning Star's discipleship process, with opportunities to explore faith, spirituality, gifts, and service.

Developing a Discipleship Pathway from First UMC (Jefferson City)

This presentation focuses on how you can develop a discipleship pathway at your church.

Discipleship and Evangelism

Just the word “evangelism” causes anxiety in most followers of Jesus. The anxiety is caused by the thought that we must take a person from unbeliever all the way to a transformed life, from zero to 60 in four seconds flat. We must plant the seed, water it, raise it to maturity, and bring in the harvest. Yet even Paul did not accept that kind of pressure. Use this guide with your small group to discuss evangelism in your local church context.

Discipleship Commitment

Multiple levels of commitment to discipleship are on display in the lives of followers of Jesus. Discipleship is frequently seen as an option in the church and the bar set for membership requires only a low level of compliance. Many church members comply with the minimum measures of church membership but compliance is not enough to carry out the vision of the church. Use this guide with your small group to discuss the commitment of discipleship.

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.

Empowering Parents for Intentional Faith Development of Their Children

A new culture of ministry is evolving that requires a different approach in the discipleship of youth and children. Many churches have placed a bigger emphasis on Family Ministry because they realize that unless parents are learning along with the children, effectiveness of teaching Biblical truths is reduced dramatically. Use these tips and resources in your local church or home.

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase

Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Missouri Annual Conference from 2004 to 2016, highlights key areas of both congregational and personal spiritual life in the Five Practices series: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission Service, and Extravagant Generosity.

Knowing Where to Begin: An Assessment Tool

Knowing Where to Begin is an assessment tool courtesy of First UMC (Jefferson City). This tool is meant to be one of those guides that can offer you a path for “next steps,” a call to discipleship from Jesus Christ.

Morning Star Discipleship Pathway

This graphic shows Morning Star's broad overview of the discipleship process.

STEP Spiritual Gifts Survey

A spiritual gifts survey with questions and definitions of each gift, courtesy of Good Shepherd UMC.

The Gathering CoreGroups Overview

This document explains vision and goals for discipleship and identifies the current programming that meets The Gathering's discipleship pathway goals.

The Gathering Discipleship Process

This document explains vision and goals for discipleship and identifies the current programming that meets The Gathering's discipleship pathway goals.

The Journey: Personal Spiritual Assessment

This tool is useful to any and all Christians seeking to examine their spiritual health and areas of potential growth. Use these 15 questions to assess where you are at honestly and prayerfully.

UMC Ministry in Children

This site contains a blog and a variety of other resources to equip those engaged in ministry with children.

What Every Child Should Experience

What Every Child Should Experience in United Methodist Congregations is a resource developed by Melanie C. Gordon through Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to assist leaders and teachers of children in United Methodist Congregations in the area of faith formation. You will find this guide useful in choosing and studying scripture, selecting and writing curriculum, offering parents and guardians useful developmental information, and addressing issues facing today’s children.

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.

5+ Cups of Coffee Small Group Study

5+ Cups of Coffee Small Group Study Courtesy of Jennifer Chirillo from Community UMC (Columbia). Week by week facilitator guide to walk deeply through the 5 cups of coffee questions with a small group. Works great for a brand new group or a group that has been meeting for a long time together. View the small group study

Confessional Small Groups in the Style of the Wesleyan Band Meeting

The Band Meeting was a very small group of approximately five people who would confess their sins and struggles together. Members would talk specifically about their temptations, successes and failures. Creating a safe space for confession and accountability was a part of growing in personal holiness. Not every Methodist was part of a band. This was always a smaller subset of Christian community. It is not intended to be for everyone.

Dealing With Small Group Killers

We’ve all been there. A new group has formed, and its members are excited about its potential. But, before the group realizes it, it becomes hijacked by someone who uses the group as their personal therapy session. This guide will help your group tackle the issue of small group killers.

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.

Freed-2-Lead Sermon Series

Sermon planning materials based on our 2018 Annual Conference theme, Freed-2-Lead.

Learn + Lead Webinar: Why and How to Start a New Small Group

Why and how to start a new small group with Angie McNeil and Robyn Miller of Woods Chapel UMC

Remarkable Sermon Series

Tools to plan a 5-week series on “Remarkable: A Wesleyan Way of Discipleship” including weekly themes, key scriptures, sermon building points and weekly sample worship order.

5 Cups of Coffee

Simple and practical discussion starters for asking questions about calling and discipleship for use with youth through adults.

Covenant Discipleship and Wesleyan Leadership

Extensive resources and guidelines for helping disciples make disciples in the 21st century including children and youth discipleship.

Discipleship Toolkits

Simple and practical toolkits on the nature of discipleship in whatever format best fits your need – sermon starters, small group leader training, a one-time group study, or a small group study series.

How to Start Small Groups: Growing Larger by Acting Smaller

A 22-page guide to building a small group system complete with the biblical and practical mandate to multiply.

Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church by Mike Schreiner & Ken Willard

The process of developing a discipleship pathway that meets individuals where they are with practical instruction on how to plan, implement and sustain a discipleship pathway.