This is not a program. It’s not a means to promote our congregation, or to “get people to come to our church”.
See All The People is a movement of United Methodists who have decided to keep our focus on the main thing: Making disciples of Jesus Christ.
It’s about developing authentic, organic and consistent relationships with our neighbors. Real relationships create space and provide natural opportunities to introduce the beginning of discipleship. It’s using Jesus as an example to see all the people who live around our churches.
Making disciples is not about filling pews, raising budgets, or even keeping our church alive. Rather, disciple-making occurs when congregations have a system, method, or intentional process to shepherd those outside our church into a fuller and mature understanding of the Christian faith.
Whether you know it or not, you already have a discipleship system in place in your church. Your current system produces exactly what it is designed to produce. The task then is to ensure that you intentionally create a system that works in your context.
Intentional discipleship means we know and have planned out the many ways that people new to the faith enter into our church and move to deeper levels of maturity in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
A typical discipleship system has these parts or steps. Click each icon to reveal the part.
PROCLAIM the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ.
LEAD persons to commit their lives to God
NURTURE persons in Christian living through worship, the sacraments, spiritual disciplines, and other means of grace, such as Wesley’s Christian conferencing;
SEND persons into the world
CONTINUE the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ.
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Our focus must move away from "fixing" churches toward making and growing disciples!
Aldersgate Church focuses on growing disciples & serving community
The Rev. Erik Grayson is in his first appointment at Aldersgate UMC in North Charleston, S.C., and in those six years they have begun to see much fruit in their discipleship efforts.
The Future of Discipleship
As we think about the future of discipleship, we can learn much from the African American church tradition. The love, the faithfulness, and the discipleship in the Black Church offer aspirational insight into how all of our church relationships can look.
Deliberate fundraising helps aging church make needed repairs
A large, old building and delayed maintenance. Our church faced the problems of many congregations. We needed work on the roof, tuck-pointing of the building’s stone walls, and repair of the bell tower. Initial estimates suggested the repairs would cost about $50,000. That was a huge amount for us.
Pastor guides church into the 21st century
The Rev. Dr. Myron McCoy went to First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple in July of 2014. He found groups of people committed to ministry, but to ministry of their own particular interest – not to the church as a whole. He quickly realized he needed to change this silo mentality.
Church’s prayers and concern for discipleship of children, increase adult discipleship
When Rev. Hogun Kim arrived at Zion United Methodist Church in Mendota, Illinois, in July of 2015, one of the first things he noticed was the members. There weren’t many. “And the ones who were there were of retirement age; the youngest was 61.” But he also noticed that these remaining members were willing to make changes.
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