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Evangelization and Church Growth in the African Context

Joaquina Nhanala
In this time when the church is experiencing a tremendous growth in members and in the number of denominations, such questions like the "what," "why," and "how" of evangelism need to be addressed. This resource gives answers and guidance to these and other important questions. Foreword by Bishop Joaquina Nhanala.

Introducing Theology to Laity

A Challenge to the Whole Church to Explore God’s Nature  
John Wesley Zwonunondiita Kurewa
As John Kurewa and his brother talked about a tragic bus crash that had occurred nearby, his brother said, "Well, that shows when your time to die has come, there is nothing you can do about it." Was it really God's will for all those people to die or be injured in that wreck? By together delving into the meaning of the event, and into God's nature, the author and his brother came to a more profound understanding of God's purpose regarding the events of our lives. Challenged by their discussi...

Teach Adults

Diana L. Hynson
This Leader's Guide is a PDF download only. The course is designed to help provide a basic understanding of the ways adults learn and grow. The Participant's Guide for this course, Start Here, by Barbara Bruce may be purchased here.

Lead in Evangelism

A Leader's Guide to Transforming Evangelism  
Discipleship Resources
Evangelism is about our relationship to God and those we come in contact with daily. This course connects witness with spiritual formation, leading participants to a greater understanding of the importance of evangelism for all involved. It also incorporates Wesleyan insights for a 21st-century audience. A Leader's Guide to Transforming Evangelism is used alongside the text Transforming Evangelism by Henry H. Knight III and F. Douglas Powe Jr. Available only as a PDF download. Notes: Permi...

Lead in Stewardship

A Leader's Guide to Afire with God  
Discipleship Resources
Stewardship is a dirty word in most churches. Pastors preach about it knowing they must, while members sit uncomfortably through the "it's-that-time-again" sermons and other appeals. Church members need to be encouraged to go beyond thinking in terms of dollars contributed in order to see stewardship as becoming living examples of the gospel. Included in the basic text Afire with God are examples for faithful stewardship of the earth, ways to reinvigorate stewardship in worship, long-range pl...

Concepts in Leadership II

Refresher Course for Local Church Leaders  
Discipleship Resources
Concepts in Leadership II is designed to be a refresher course for local church lay speakers, but it may be used for leadership development in any setting. Designed to be taught in one 5-hour session, this PDF-formatted course may be divided into multiple sessions for use in a Sunday school class or small-group setting. After completing this course, participants will be able to: Recognize God's call upon them to leadership Describe the spiritual nature of leadership and use spiritual pract...

Lay Speakers Teach Adults

Advanced Course  
Diana L. Hynson
This is a course on teaching and leader development, intended for educators and volunteers in the local church, as well as those seeking advanced certification for lay speaking. "The Lay Speaking Ministries of The United Methodist Church provide an opportunity for called and dedicated Christians to serve in their congregations and communities," writes Hynson. "As you progress in developing your service and skills as a lay speaker, this course will help you become more competent in teaching an...

Call and Covenant for Ministry

Module 1, Certified Lay Minister Training  
The purpose of this module is to: provide a basic overview of the call to ministry, theology, and ordering of ministry in The United Methodist Church; explain the role of certified lay minister; support the formation of a mutual ministry team for learning and leading in the congregation; develop a ministry covenant to guide the mission of the church. Notes: Permission is granted to the purchaser to photocopy for educational purposes. Sorry, this item is not eligible for special promotio...

The Practice of Ministry

Module 2, Certified Lay Minister Training  
Discipleship Resources
This module covers basic skills the certified lay minister should know: leading worship preaching and sharing faith forming discipleship ministries providing congregational care. The Practice of Ministry is intended to be used by the certified lay minister, the mutual ministry team supporting the process in the local church, and the equipping clergyperson assigned. Notes: Permission is granted to the purchaser to photocopy for educational purposes. Sorry, this item is not eligible for s...