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Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Christian Education: Planning for Lifelong Faith Formation

by General Board Of Discipleship

Christian education and formation is a crucial building block for our growth as healthy, mature Christians. There are a number of different small group settings in which Christian formation occurs. Through Christian...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Adult Ministries: Ministries that Help Adults Love God and Neighbor

by General Board Of Discipleship

The adult ministry life span is the greatest and most diverse of any age level because it can encompass seven (or more) decades. An adult ministry that includes all adults encourages people to grow and mature...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Children's Ministries: Ministries that Help Children Grow in Faith

by General Board Of Discipleship

You have answered the call to serve as a minister to children. Calls come in a variety of ways, yet here you are. Whether your ministry touches three children in a small congregation, three hundred children...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Evangelism: Sharing the Good News

by General Board Of Discipleship

Evangelism is vital to the disciple-making process because it is a primary ministry of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Evangelism is more than just one individual talking about faith; it is a ministry...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Stewardship: Nurturing Generous Living

by General Board Of Discipleship

Local church members join with the promise to uphold the church with "prayers, presence, gifts, and service." The ministry of stewardship is concerned with the appropriate employment of the fruits of that pledge...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Worship: The Gifts of God from the People of God

by General Board Of Discipleship

The worship ministry of the local church is often the first, if not only, entry point for people seeking to establish a relationship with God in a Christian community. The ways in which we worship and honor...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Family Ministries: Supporting Families for Faith and Service

by General Board Of Discipleship

The family is the primary center of faith formation, especially for children. Our affirmation for families asserts that families of all sizes and configurations are communities of commitment whose goal is human...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Ministries with Young People: Young People Connecting with One Another, the Church, and God

by General Board Of Discipleship

You have been called to ministry with young people-those journeying through adolescence and those emerging from their teenage years to find themselves navigating the unpredictable and full-of-firsts years of...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Finance: Handling God's Money in the Church

by General Board Of Discipleship

The goal of the ministry of finance is to fund ministries that nurture persons in their faith. The finance system in the congregation will raise, manage, and disperse the funds of the congregation that help...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Pastor-Parish Relations: Connecting the Pastor, Staff, and Congregation

by General Board Of Discipleship

The Pastor Parish (or Staff Parish) Relations committee serves a key role in establishing the focus of the pastor, staff, and congregation's ministry. By advocating for the pastor and staff and helping to interpret...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Nominations and Leadership Development: Empowering Spiritual Leaders for the Mission of the Churc

by General Board Of Discipleship

The heart of local church ministry is in its lay leadership. Identifying, developing, deploying, and evaluating Christian spiritual leaders who serve from their strengths and gifts is a key to the life and vitality...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Small Group Ministries: Christian Formation Through Mutual Accountability

by General Board Of Discipleship

All small groups in the local church are, or could be, places of faith formation and disciple making. By offering a more intimate setting, small groups of every kind are uniquely able to welcome and nurture...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Lay Leader/Lay Member: Connecting Your Congregation and Your Annual Conference

by General Board Of Discipleship

The Lay Leader and Lay Member to Annual Conference are key roles in linking the vision and plan of the congregation with the ministry of the Annual conference and in nurturing cooperation and coordination of...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Pastor: Providing Spiritual Leadership for the Church in Mission

by General Board Of Discipleship

The pastoral leader is the primary spiritual leader of the congregation. The pastor carries the responsibility for a number of different ministry tasks, which are condensed into seven categories. Effective pastors...


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Church Council: Connecting Vision and Ministry in Your Church

by General Board Of Discipleship

The church council exists to create and supervise the strategic plan for your local congregation fulfills its mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. This twofold function includes both leadership and management....


Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 - Small Membership Church: Serving with Significance in Your Context

by General Board Of Discipleship

The vast majority of United Methodist churches are small membership churches that can be and are vital places of ministry that matter. Most are situated in areas where there are people outside any faith community...