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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.

Chuck Bomar: Stewarding What's Entrusted

Founding pastor of Colossae Church in Portland, OR, Chuck Bomar has authored many small group resources and books. This blog offers his take on a variety of church, theology, and ministry concepts.

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.

Dallas Willard Spiritual Formation

Dallas Willard was an American philosopher and religious expert, known for his work in Christian spiritual formation. This website contains information about his books, as well as some of his articles, speeches, and interviews.

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 at Calhoun/Drake's Chapel

Margie Briggs discusses discipleship in the small church.

Discipleship at La Croix

Pastor Rob Mehner discusses spiritual formation in small groups and young people.

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.

Faith Formation Learning Exchange

LifelongFaith Associates, in partnership with Vibrant Faith Inc., developed The Faith Formation Learning Exchange, which is "dedicated to helping leaders in Christian ministry develop lifelong faith formation for all ages and generations that is informed by solid research, effective practices, cutting-edge thinking, and real-world models and tools." The site is organized by different intended audiences (ex. children, young adults, families) with articles, reports, research, and books recommended for faith formation.

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 Discipleship Ministries

"An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries helps local church, district, and conference leaders fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples." Children's, youth, and adult materials are available, along with resources for worship, discipleship, stewardship, and evangelism. Webinar training sessions are provided through the World Service Fund. Most webinars are recorded and available in the webinar archive for those who cannot attend the live event.

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.

Faith and Race

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches of all colors host constructive dialogue about faith, race, and the church. Every episode has a specific focus to help us intentionally think about the intersection of history, institutions, scripture, prayer, race, and justice. The audio recordings will bring diverse insights and experiences into churches, homes, and hearts across Missouri and beyond.