Disciplemaking stories take priority for coming year

“Story is not just where we are, it’s where we came from and where we’re going,” writes Scott McClellan, author of Tell Me a Story: Finding God (and Ourselves) Through Narrative.

There are stories of disciple-making happening every day in Arkansas. Using communication tools like a redesigned Conference website (coming in October), the Arkansas United Methodist and the Network for Discipleship and Mission, these stories will be shared with multiple audiences in multiple ways.

“Technology has changed the way we share information and talk with one another,” said the Rev. Martha Taylor, charged with marketing and training for the Conference. “There are new and exciting ways for telling the stories of transformation that are happening in our midst.”

Share your story

If you know of a group or individual who is living out the church’s shared mission, “to make disciples of Jesus Christ equipped to transform the world with excellence and passion,” the rest of the UMC in Arkansas needs to know about it.

Likewise, if you know of a church holding itself accountable to one or more of the Core Measures listed on page 3 of this issue, we want to hear that story, too. Sharing these stories, such as the two that appear on page 4, helps inspire others to think about the ways they can reach the mission field within their own communities.

If you have a story of faithful Arkansans reaching their mission field or making disciples in new ways—or both!—contact Taylor at mtaylor@arumc.org or 501-324-8035.