Discipleship

Mission and Ministry
Barbara Dunlap-Berg. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Stop yelling! I still can’t hear you!

As mask-wearing during the pandemic challenges communication, churches help people adapt via online opportunities.
Discipleship
Lisa Buffum and Steve Wilke stroll the campus at The Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College, a United Methodist institution in Winfield, Kansas. They work on BeADisciple, an online learning program for Christians that became more popular during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Sara Weinert.

COVID sparks interest in BeADisciple courses

BeADisciple, which offers online courses and certification in many ministry specialties, reports an increase in students and courses that coincided with the coronavirus pandemic
Church Growth
Churches may have shuttered their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic, but disciple-making kept going through digital ministries. In observance of Social Media Day, UM News explores how churches are reaching new people through social media and online offerings. Globe by OpenClipart-Vectors, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Social media takes disciple-making global

Even as the pandemic forced churches to close their buildings, social media opened new doors for United Methodists to make disciples across continents.
Evangelism
DeAmon Harges delivers a Ted Talk in 2017. Harges, a member of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, is one of five winners of the inaugural Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award from the Wesleyan Investive. He is a community organizer who has consulted in South Africa, Canada and Central America. Photo by WildStyle DaProducer.

Looking to neighbors to fix neighborhoods

An organizer who believes residents are the most important key to improving in-danger neighborhoods has won a Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award. DeAmon Harges works to improve northwest Indianapolis and consults all over the world.

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