The United Methodist Church - Making Disciples for the Transformation of the World
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-201. NRSV)
Four focus areas for The United Methodist Church were adopted at the 2008 General Conference:
In conjunction with the Kansas East Conference mission statement imperative "to invite, nurture, equip, and send forth disciples of Jesus Christ," the Kansas East Conference Board of Discipleship has quite an empowerment task. How does the Conference Board of Discipleship lead the Kansas East Conference to meet these transforming dynamics for witness to the world? How do we prayerfully covenant together to lead discipleship areas for which the board has responsibility: Christian education, higher education, worship, spiritual formation, stewardship, evangelism, and age level ministries? The Christian spectrum seems broad, but the focus is clear - making disciples for the transformation of the world.
Discipleship recognizes challenges for today's disciples and provides resource tools to meet the challenges, plan effective local church ministries, use ready resources, and empower entire ministries for making disciples of Christ in today's world. Access resources from the General Board of Discipleship website.
A valuable higher education resource is our young seminarians. Information related to Young Adult Seminarians Network can be found at this link.
Stephen Ministry may provide exactly the one-to-one lay involvement training a local church is seeking.