FIVE WAYS YOU BETTER EQUIP VITAL CONGREGATIONS
From: General Board of Discipleship.
1. Help a new church launch its weekly worship service. Media grants for advertising support are available from GBOD’s Path1 and United Methodist Communications for 10 new United Methodist church plants in the U.S. If you know of a new church that will launch public worship services in fall of 2012, tell them about this grant, which is only for advertising the launch of the church’s weekly public worship. Applications are due May 15. For more information or to apply, go to http://www.path1.org/floating7.php.
2. Prepare pastors and congregations for smooth clergy changes. “Making a ‘Good’ Move,” a free webinar on April 24 at 1:30 p.m. CDT, will focus on what pastors with new appointments can do to say good-bye to one community and hello to another. It will include advice from pastors who have made transitions well, as well as provide ideas for a positive change for pastors and their families. A webinar for congregations experiencing a pastoral change will be May 3 at 6:30 p.m. CDT. To register or to get more information, go to http://www.gbod.org/committee_resources.
3. Discover grant opportunities for youth and young adult ministries. Two grants are available through Young People’s Ministries to aid ministries that are by, with and for young people. Both the Youth Service Fund and Grants for Ministries with Young People provide financial support for creative and innovative ministries that involve young people. Applications are due June 1. For more information, go to http://globalyoungpeople.org/grants-scholarship/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Plan to celebrate Christian Home Month. May is Christian Home Month in the United Methodist Church, and this year’s theme is “Families: Called to Hope!” Resources are available from GBOD to help local congregations develop and strengthen faith in the home and support Christian families in their faith journeys. Worship suggestions, family devotional ideas and congregational activities are available at http://www.gbod.org/family. Or request a print copy by sending your contact information to Nancy Dunlap at email@example.com.
5. Encourage older adults to live with purpose and joy. Share My Story, My Song, the heartwarming memoir of 88-year-old Lucimarian Roberts, mother of Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts. Lucimarian candidly reflects on how God has been her anchor through the peaks and valleys of life and has used people of all ages and races to guide and encourage her. With personal reflections from Robin, My Story, My Song is a welcome reminder that older adults still have a valuable story to tell, and that their story is not yet finished. For more information, go to http://www.upperroom.org/news/40.