“I spent too much time growing the church — that’s God’s job. I should have spent more time growing disciples, and we would be bigger today.” — The Rev. Michael Schreiner, church planter in Missouri.
The power of a church’s second site
COLUMBIA, Mo. (UMNS) — In recent years, some of the strongest churches have been started by other churches. Fred Koenig of the Missouri Conference reports how multi-campus churches help make disciples.
UMCOR battles flooding in Congo
KATANGA PROVINCE, Democratic Republic of Congo (UMNS) — The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with the North Katanga Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church to help local communities clean up the Kamina River and reduce vulnerability to future flooding. UMCOR reports.
3 ways to encourage gratitude in church
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMCom) — Did you know that being thankful reaps health benefits as well as spiritual ones? Tricia Brown, writing for United Methodist Communications, offers a few ways to express thankfulness in life and ministry.
Discipleship Ministries offers new Safe Sanctuaries videos
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Discipleship Ministries offers a new series of Safe Sanctuaries® videos that can help your church ensure that all spaces of worship and gathering are places of trust.
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What do you know about John Wesley?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Test your knowledge about John Wesley, the man credited with creating the Methodist movement, with this 10-question quiz.
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Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Digest in the subject line.
Sundays, June 26-Aug. 7
Summer Worship Series at Lake Junaluska — Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center has invited distinguished Christian leaders to preach each Sunday. Services start at 10:45 a.m. in Stuart Auditorium. Speakers include the Revs. Kevin Wright, United Methodist pastor at Riverside Church in New York City; Ashley Crowder-Stanley, pastor at Mills River United Methodist Church near Asheville; Robert E. Long, pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City; Harry J. Lyness, distinguished evangelist for the Foundation for Evangelism; Tony Campolo, internationally known evangelist; and United Methodist Bishop Larry Goodpaster. Details