Teaching Methodism 101

I believe remembering who we are as United Methodists is a key to revival within the denomination.

I enjoy teaching and I particularly enjoy teaching Methodism 101 – What does it mean to be a United Methodist and what difference does that make in my life? Last month, I had the great opportunity to teach two different times. On July 18, I taught the first of a three week teaching series at Resurrection about What is a United Methodist? During the week of July 18, I taught 14 students about Methodism at Institute 2010: God’s All Stars.

I want to share with you the outline that I used for these classes and similar opportunities. Please feel free to use it, update it and share with me what you put together. You can find my outline for teaching Methodism 101 online at http://j.mp/11CM9i6

Kansas East Annual Conference – #kseumc

Resurrection is hosting the Kansas East Annual Conference. While I am a full elder in the Kansas West Annual Conference, I am currently serving a church located in the East. I care a great deal about spiritual revival across the state of Kansas and pray for that every day that I come to church.

Resurrection Online is hosting the stream of the worship services and plenary speakers. You can find the stream live at http://kansaseast.org/stream.

Happy Conferencing!

Apprentice of Jesus

This week I was part of a conversation that was encouraging, informative and exciting.

I was part of a conversation with Ben Simpson, Correy Trupp, Darrell Holtz, Dave Robertson, James Bryan Smith and Jimmy Taylor about The Apprentice Series – a discipleship curriculum. I met Jimmy less than a year ago at Board of Ordained Ministry interviews for Kansas West Annual Conference. At that time, he indicated that he was part of a team that was developing a new curriculum that would be released at a conference in the summer of 2009 and would be interested in sharing more about it. Initially it sounded good, but the time didn’t seem to find that conversation.

Subsequently, Ben let me know that he would be attending The Jesus Way: recovering the lost content of discipleship. This is a conference sponsored by Renovare and was the same conference at which the curriculum would be launched. I told Jimmy or Ben or both about the other, but would not be able to go to the conference myself. They met while they were there.

Just over a month ago, Jimmy sent me a message on Facebook indicating that he and James Smith (author of The Apprentice Series) would be in town in a couple weeks and asked if I would be able to meet. I was excited to finally be able to meet them and invited Ben and some of the discipleship staff at Resurrection.

I was encouraged by hearing the story and background to The Apprentice Series and the approach to forming disciples which is put forward.

I hope to have the opportunity to experience the curriculum with a small group this fall.

I hope continue to build relationships with Jim and Jimmy.

I believe that this curriculum may be a part of the puzzle of renewal within The United Methodist Church and spiritual revival in the state of Kansas.

You can find more at http://www.apprenticeofjesus.org/

#6qumc – Your Invitation (2 of 5)

I am excited and encouraged by 6 Questions for The United Methodist Church.

The purpose of this project is to:

  • Raise important questions for next steps in the life of the denomination.
  • Provide guidance for future face to face gatherings.
  • Shape the discourse across the denomination.

6 Questions is for all the people of The United Methodist Church. Some strategies of the project include:

  • Publish an article about 6qumc in every conference newsletter.
  • Invite each District Superintendent to take part and bring the project to a district meeting.
  • Gather small groups in local churches to discuss the project
  • Add topics as suggested every two weeks
I invite you to:
  1. Visit http://bit.ly/6qumc to participate
  2. Become a fan on Facebook.
  3. Spread the word with suggestions at http://www.umcyoungclergy.com/6qumc

40 Days of Prayer for the UMC

I am excited about the upcoming 40 Days of Prayer for the United Methodist Church. This idea was first mentioned by Ben Simpson in An Open Letter to Young United Methodist Leaders. I am excited about this movement because I believe that it will:

  • Bring clarity of God’s vision for individuals and communities
  • Be a common effort that will lead to different types of renewal in different places across the denomination.
  • Become a catalyst for a movement of young leaders in the UMC across the nation
  • Help me to be more intentional about prayer for leaders in the denomination.

Check out www.umcyoungclergy.com today and Click on ‘Prayer’ to find more information.

I am looking forward to this time of prayer to shaping my vision for the United Methodist Church.

Will you join me in prayer?

Tangible Next Steps for the UMC in Kansas

I am confident and hopeful for the future of the United Methodist Church in Kansas. I have a lot of dreams and visions for what might be possible in the future. I have work to do on bringing them into reality. Here are some tangible next steps that I believe  could be a part of spiritual revival in the state of Kansas and renewal within the United Methodist Church.

What are other tangible steps that you would suggest?

  1. Participate in 40 days of Prayer for the Denomination – Continue to check www.umcyoungclergy.com for a relaunched site soon and details on the prayer campaign.
  2. Meet at least two leaders at Annual Conference who are younger than you:
    1. Ask, “How have you seen God at work in your ministry?”
    2. Share and listen to a dream for the future of the United Methodist Church in Kansas
    3. Ask, “In what way might I be helpful for you?”
    4. Follow through on their response
    5. Throughout the year ahead, pray for them and let them know that you are praying for them.
  3. Meet at least two leaders at Annual Conference who are older than you:
    1. Ask, “How have you seen God at work in your ministry?”
    2. Share and listen to a dream for the future of the United Methodist Church in Kansas
    3. Ask, “In what way might I be helpful for you?”
    4. Follow through on their response
    5. Throughout the year ahead, pray for them and let them know that you are praying for them.
  4. Spend time at the Young Clergy booth at Annual Conference (especially if you are a clergy person, seminary student or considering becoming clergy and are age 35 or under) to:
    1. Meet young leaders in the conference.
    2. Find information about Exploration 2009
    3. Collaborate to organize monthly young clergy meals for 2009
    4. Provide input for young clergy retreats in the 2009-2010 appointive year
    5. Pick up information about connecting via social media
  5. Identify one young person whom you believe God may be calling into ministry and invite her or him to attend Exploration 2009.

Visions for the UMC

I am encouraged by hearing possibilities for the future of The United Methodist Church. I will continue to update this post as more stories are shared. Leave a comment if I miss your post.

Join a movement, create your own and be a part of How a Vision for the UMC Becomes Reality.