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Quick Guide: The Mission-Minded Guide to School-Church Partnerships

An abbreviated guide to The Mission-Minded to Church and School Partnerships by Jake McGlothin

Pastoring in Partisan Times with Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

How do you pastor purple in red and blue churches? This episode of Pastoring in Partisan Times seeks to answer that question in discussion with Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli.

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.

Developing a Discipleship Pathway from First UMC (Jefferson City)

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

Disciple? Why can’t I just be a Christian?

Use this guide with your small group to discuss what it means to be a committed Christian disciple.

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.

Discipleship: Growing in Grace

Most local congregations in Missouri have made great progress in internalizing the church’s mission of creating disciples for the transformation of the world, yet according to a recent survey conducted by the Core Practices team most churches continue to struggle to live out that mission in practical and meaningful ways. This 2014 story's insights into discipleship in Missouri.

Discipleship: Where to Begin

The first question on the mind of a disciple must be, “Where am I going?” Churches that develop a discipleship process ask the same question but with a “body of Christ” perspective: “In whose image are we making disciples?” What is the destination of a disciple? And where do I begin?

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.

Implicit Bias Workbook

Implicit Bias is all about ‘what we don’t think we think’ — wait a minute, what?!? As each of us experiences life — in school, at home, in church, at work, watching T.V. — we are surrounded by a number of biases. Some of these biases we consciously accept as our own, some we consciously reject, while many more fall into the subconscious level. Even though we are not aware of implicit biases, they constantly help to form our beliefs, values, ideas, and actions every day. As followers of Jesus, we are created and called by the God who consistently questions beliefs, values, and motives. By taking an intentional look at implicit bias and the ways it works in our brains and in our actions, we commit to rooting out the biases that are corrupted by stereotype or prejudice and separate us from the Beloved Community. Use this workbook to learn more about one of the significant barriers to reaching our true goals of diversity, community, and equity.

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.

#MeToo Toolkit

A #MeToo Toolkit to engage with the #MeToo movement with ideas for the pulpit, liturgies to small group discussions.

Pastoring in Partisan Times with Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas

How do you pastor purple in red and blue churches? This episode of Pastoring in Partisan Times seeks to answer that question in discussion with Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas.

Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, And Human Sexuality

Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, And Human Sexuality is a video study course for small groups in congregations, campus ministries, and local and regional church leadership teams.

Action Plan Kick-Off Videos

On September 8, 2018, we held our Action Plan Kick-Off. The day included a brief overview of the Bishop’s vision and then a deeper dive into each of the three priorities. Our presentations were filled with practical “how-tos” for your local church to engage more deeply in any and all of the three priorities.

Action Plan Kick-Off: Missional Leaders

On September 8, 2018, we held our Action Plan Kick-Off. The day included a brief overview of the Bishop’s vision and then a deeper dive into each of the three priorities. Our presentations were filled with practical “how-tos” for your local church to engage more deeply in any and all of the three priorities.

Action Plan Kick-Off: New Places for New People

On September 8, 2018, we held our Action Plan Kick-Off. The day included a brief overview of the Bishop’s vision and then a deeper dive into each of the three priorities. Our presentations were filled with practical “how-tos” for your local church to engage more deeply in any and all of the three priorities.

Action Plan Kick-Off: Pathway Out of Poverty

On September 8, 2018, we held our Action Plan Kick-Off. The day included a brief overview of the Bishop’s vision and then a deeper dive into each of the three priorities. Our presentations were filled with practical “how-tos” for your local church to engage more deeply in any and all of the three priorities.

Pastoring in Partisan Times with Rev. Dr. Tex Sample

How do you pastor purple in red and blue churches? This episode of Pastoring in Partisan Times seeks to answer that question in discussion with Rev. Dr. Tex Sample.

Pastoring in Partisan Times Reflection with Revs. Fred Leist and Dale Stone

Join retired District Superintendent Dale Stone and Rev. Fred Leist, pastor of Missouri UMC in a Facebook Live conversation about pastoring in partisan times as they answered audience questions and reflected on the webinar series.

Overview of Proposals for General Conference 2019

At a glance comparison of the three plans submitted to the Special Session of General Conference by the Council of Bishops: Traditionalist, One Church and Connectional Conference plans.

Pastoring in Partisan Times with Rev. Dr. David Gushee

How do you pastor purple in red and blue churches? Rev. Dr. David Gushee, offers his insights. Gushee is a distinguished university professor of Christian ethics and director of the Center for Theology & Public Life at Mercer University.

Pastoring in Partisan Times with Rev. Adam Hamilton

How do you pastor purple in red and blue churches? Rev. Adam Hamilton, lead pastor at Church of the Resurrection, offers his insights.

Pastoring in Partisan Times with Rev. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

How do you pastor purple in red and blue churches? Rev. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis offers her insights. Gunning Francis is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, and Associate Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology, Christian Theological Seminary.

Pastoring in Partisan Times with Mike McCurry

How do you pastor purple in red and blue churches? Lay person Mike McCurry offers his insights. McCurry is the director for the Center for Public Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary and former White House Press Secretary (1995–1998).

Radical Hospitality Sermon Series

Tools to plan a 4-week series on “Radical Hospitality" including weekly themes, key scriptures, sermon building points and weekly sample worship order.

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

Steps to a Vital Pastor/Parish Relations Committee

Rev. Kendall Waller guides Pastor Parish Relations Committee (PPRC) members through steps that are key to a vital relationship between the committee and the pastor.

Anatomy of Peace by Arbinger Institute

An international bestseller that teaches concepts of reconciliation and conversation to transform personal, professional, and even global conflict through a fictionalized story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives.

Missio Day Small Group Discussion Questions

Small group discussion questions set in a PowerPoint slide show for use in aiding discussion and study of Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.

Unity Study Guide by General Board of Higher Education

Suitable for a 4-week study, this resource addresses how the church be a witness and provide for a diversified human community.

Early Warning!: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

A report showing the effects of illiteracy entering fourth grade on high school dropout rates, America’s workforce, and the economy.

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.

New to Five: Starting a Level 5 Multiplying Church by Ralph Moore and Jeff Christopherson

Provides a practical language of progressive levels of involvement to help your church become more effective in partnering with the Holy Spirit in the exponential movement toward multiplication.

Learn + Lead Webinar: Why and How to Start a New Worship Service

Brad Kalajainen of Cornerstone UMC, a popular multi-site church of three campuses in Michigan, offers practical advice on why and how to start a new worship experience.

Learn + Lead Webinar: Discipleship - Why and How to Create a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church

Shares 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 based on Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church.

Learn + Lead Webinars: Exponential - Why and How to Multiply Your Ministry

A practical webinar led by Rev. Dr. Ken Nash is the lead pastor of Wesleyan Church of Hamburg in Hamburg, NY on the concept of multiplication and the “art of reproducing yourself” including the simple and effective FAN method.

Learn + Lead Webinar: Experiencing Transformational Community in a Band

Why and how to lead someone to follow Christ for the first time and rediscover relational discipleship in transformation community led by the authors of The Band Meeting.