Developing

Developing Fruitful Ministries in the Mission Field - 2017 Emphasis

Mission-Field Awareness and Action

Strategic Developer

Collaborative Connector

Transforming Visionary

Social Witness

Culturally Competent

  • Discipleship Ministries believes that for too long The United Methodist Church has looked for a quick fix to help guide our discipleship efforts. 

    Therefore, we are called to be in relationship with the communities that surround our churches.

    We are called to recapture a spirit of movement. We must shift our thinking from fixing churches to true discipleship. 

    We encourage you to watch this video, and learn more about #SeeAllThePeople.

  • The Lewis Center is committed to helping congregations and denominations thrive and grow by providing ideas, research, resources, and training for vital and fruitful leadership. Through Leading Ideas, we share vignettes of leaders and congregations, book reviews, leadership quotes, and helpful “right questions” built around the premise that leaders don’t need answers — they need to know the right questions.

  • Learning Communities, Learning Projects and developing Congregational Cultures of Purpose and Generosity are three program areas where TMF's Leadership Ministry is making a difference.
    TMF’s Leadership Ministry helps clergy and lay leaders to discern and discover new ways to steward their communities’ potential to fulfill God’s purpose.

  • What if conflicts at home, conflicts at work, and conflicts in the world stem from the same root cause? 
    What if we systematically misunderstand that cause? 
    And what if, as a result, we systematically perpetuate the very problems we think we are trying to solve? 
    Every day. 
    From the authors of Leadership and Self-Deception comes an international bestseller that instills hope and inspires reconciliation. Through a moving story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives, we learn from once-bitter enemies the way to transform personal, professional, and global conflicts, even when war is upon us.

  • Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along. Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. 

  • In business, startups seem to be the way to go these days. Old-line social institutions are making way for innovative approaches that provide renewal, re-establish trust, and cultivate sustainability. Sound familiar? What can our faith communities learn from entrepreneurship? Christian Social Innovation author L. Gregory Jones looks at how our need to develop “fresh expressions” for gatherings of community and our desire to cultivate a renewed sense of mission are the basis for the growing interest in starting new churches and establishing church plants.
  • In "Toxic Charity," Lupton urges individuals, churches, and organizations to step away from these spontaneous, often destructive acts of compassion toward thoughtful paths to community development. He delivers proven strategies for moving from toxic charity to transformative charity.

    Proposing a powerful "Oath for Compassionate Service" and spotlighting real-life examples of people serving not just with their hearts but with proven strategies and tested tactics, Lupton offers all the tools and inspiration we need to develop healthy, community-driven programs that produce deep, measurable, and lasting change. 

  • It’s good to talk about ministry. It’s better to do it, and do it passionately.
    In 2008, the United Methodist Church lifted up “Four Areas of Focus” for ministry, and churches have responded. This work has spread throughout the U.S. and the world.
    • Engaging in Ministry with the Poor
    • Improving Global Health
    • Developing Principled Christian Leaders
    • Creating New and Renewed Congregations

    The book comes with a built-in facilitator guide to encourage pastor peer groups and other leadership groups interested in deepening the discussion. A free download of the Facilitator Guide is available here.