Bryant, Pottsville UMC receive One Matters Award

The One Matters Discipleship Award was created in 2015 with the purpose of lifting up churches who have in recent years moved from no baptisms and professions of faith into positive numbers as they began to focus on intentional discipleship.

The 2017 Arkansas Conference recipient of the award was Pottsville United Methodist Church, led by the Rev. Millie Bryant. The church was recognized for having close to 40 percent of their congregation participating regularly in small groups. The church reaches their neighbors by providing a home-cooked meal for individuals that come to the food pantry for food boxes. Bryant said several of those visitors have begun attending worship and a small group. One of the newest avenues of connection is the “Bible 101” class which has appealed to those who feel they are not well-versed in the Bible and want to learn in an intentional, non-threatening environment.

Bryant gave all the credit to the congregation saying they were “hard-working, love their community and love each other.”

“The mission of Discipleship Ministries is to challenge and support local church and annual conference leaders for the task of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” said the Rev. Bob Crossman, Discipleship Ministries’ Path1 Strategist for the South Central Jurisdiction and a retired elder in the Arkansas Conference. “We do this by offering resources, consulting training and networking in our ministries areas: Leadership Ministries, Young People’s Ministries, Path 1 (or New Church Starts), The Upper Room, Discipleship Resources and Discipleship Resources International.”