Every month we send you just 5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Here’s this month’s issue!
Experience great speakers and great music at Go On Tour Worship Concerts. The worship concert series for youth and their leaders starts this month in Atlanta and continues through November in 10 cities, including Denver, Grand Rapids, Mich., Worcester, Mass., and Charlotte. Hear Christian hip-hop artist Tedashii, along with top-notch speakers Rev. Telley Gadson, Rev. Derrick Lewis Noble, Taylor Ogden Thomas, Rev. Samuel Yun and Rev. Cedrick Bridgeforth. See the tour schedule and get advance $15 tickets at www.youth2015.com.
Celebrate the laity’s call to ministry on Laity Sunday. During Pentecost, during the Wesleyan Movement and still today, the laity has played a key part in transformational discipleship – disciples making disciples. The theme for this year’s Laity Sunday is “Disciples Called to Action: Engaging Small Group,” and Oct. 19 is the suggested celebration date. Resources are available at http://bit.ly/1nFJhf5.
Do you wonder about safety issues in today’s virtual world? Challenges facing ministry as a result of rapidly changing technology are addressed in the book, Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World. Written by Joy Thornberg Melton and Michelle L. Foster, the book includes practical and helpful information on topics such as the basics of ministry in a virtual world, the application of law to the life of the church and policies addressing pornography and obscenity. Learn more and order the $15 book at http://bit.ly/1qzTdeG.
Learn about resources to help start ‘church planting zones. Church consultant Thomas Bandy provides a great resource for church leadership, pastors and denominational leaders seeking to understand the mission field and better bless the communities they are called to serve. His book, See, Know & Serve the People within Your Reach, is especially useful for creating a “church planting zone” in a city, district or sub-district area. For a summary of the book from New Church Starts (Path 1), go to http://bit.ly/1CJ4AGn.
Do you have questions about your spiritual life? Or are you looking for a way to strengthen your faith? Join the Walk to Emmaus. For more than 30 years, church members have been inspired, challenged and equipped for Christian action by taking part in the Walk to Emmaus movement. This vital source of spiritual renewal and leadership development is available in a three-day short course at a location near you. To learn more, and to find where you can take the walk, go to http://emmaus.upperroom.org.
That’s all this month. 5 more ideas coming your way in October.
P.S. Watch a video report about Path 1’s road trip at http://bit.ly/1pFiDXQ.