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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.

Episode 9: Innovative Mission with Luke Edwards

Revs. Lia McIntosh and Roger Ross speak with Rev. Luke Edwards, trainer for Fresh Expressions US, on innovative mission and how Fresh Expressions can be used to reach people for Jesus Christ and transform the world.  

Passing the Baton Move Pack

A guide for pastors in transition

Fair Labor Standards and the Church Webinar

Director of Finance & Administration, Rev. Nate Berneking, discusses changes related to overtime pay requirements. In this hour-long webinar Nate walks churches through the new rules, attempt to clarify who might be exempt and who must be paid overtime, and answer any related questions.

Ten Commandments of Church Law

This Church + The Law primer is presented by Jordan Ault, Missouri Conference Chancellor, on topics such as immigration issues, real estate, employment, tax/UBIT, HIPAA/protecting information, copyright, IP, trusts/estate/planned giving and litigation.

Episode 8: Small Groups with Robyn Miller and Angie Colina McNeil

This time on the Learn and Lead podcast we’ll be talking about starting new small groups. A small group is a group of 3-12 people that gathers at least twice a month to experience what it means to Know, Care, Grow and Share. Our teachers will be Robyn Miller and Angie McNeil, who serve at Woods Chapel UMC in Lee Summit, Missouri. They will be sharing their personal experience with starting new small groups as well as their vision for leadership development.  

Partnership Profile How To Video

Watch this guided tour of how to utilize the partnership profile tool in your church-school partnership. The purpose of the profile is to assist church leaders in establishing deep, meaningful, ongoing partnerships with local schools. These partnerships go beyond providing supplies and resources by developing interpersonal relationships between church members and students, especially those with poor literacy skills.

Episode 7: Discipleship Planning with Charity Goodwin and Scott Hughes

Charity Goodwin serves as Pastor of Discipleship at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia, Missouri. Scott Hughes serves as Director of Adult Discipleship for Discipleship Ministries. Together they will be sharing their expertise on how to organize groups and extend our relationships. For resources related to this podcast, visit

Episode 6: Missional Communities with Brandon Wrencher

During this Learn and Lead podcast, we’re discussing missional communities. We’ll talk about what your local church needs to start its own missional communities, and Brandon Wrencher will share about The Good Neighbor Movement, a movement that returns to a vision of the local church as networks of small covenant communities that follow Jesus’ way of life in the neighborhood.  

Episode 5: Avoiding the Summer Slump with Bob Crossman and Jimmy Cooper

During this Learn and Lead podcast, we will hear from Bob Crossman and Jimmy Cooper. Bob Crossman serves as a Path One Representative for the South Central jurisdiction. He has planted churches, is an expert in evangelism, and has experience equipping leaders to start New Places for New People. Jimmy Cooper serves as the lead pastor at The Way, a new church started in Wentzville, Missouri. Ordained in 2011, Cooper is passionate about making disciples, his family and the church. He will be ...

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