From the devotional archives – September 30, 2017
God’s counting on you to make a difference for God today. It may be to call someone who is struggling. Or visit someone in the hospital. Or give assistance to someone in need. Or step in when someone is being treated unfairly. So why does God have such high expectations? Because God has created you to be God’s heart, hands, feet and mouth. So keep asking, “God, what do you need me to do today?” And when you figure it out, just do it!
From the devotional archives – November 29, 2017
What will people see when they look at you today? You probably assume they see all the things you see about you – what you don’t like about your physical appearance, the pain you’re acutely feeling and every mistake you’ve ever made. But what if you choose to let God’s unconditional love become the lens through which you see yourself? Believe it or not, people will see God in you. And that would be a nice gift to share with others today.
From the devotional archives – September 14, 2017
As soon as you try to meet someone else’s expectations, you feel discombobulated because it’s just not you. Whenever you go out of your way to be as in-your-face as possible to prove you are in control of your life, you feel out of sorts because you’re still not really being you. That’s why the best thing you can do to be the best person you can be is simply to embrace your unique personality, gifts and experiences – all to the glory of God.
The Path 1 training event for this fall will be focused on creating new congregations of Spanish-speaking and Hispanic United Methodists.
This year’s training session, which follows the Lay Missionary Planting Network Curriculum, will consist of 10 sessions that encourage participants to consider how they are called to help plant new Hispanic United Methodist congregations.
The curriculum will highlight key topics and tools that will assist churches in creating more Spanish-speaking church members, including:
- Basic church planting information, purpose and seasons
- Basic structure and polity of the United Methodist Church
- Theology and spiritual disciplines of prayer, worship, and study in the Wesleyan tradition
- Reading and evangelizing the mission field and creating action plans to reach the community
- Teaching and preaching the Bible
- Pastoral care basics for laity in partnership with clergy
- Shepherding, disciplining and mentoring leaders to build high-functioning teams
- Growing and multiplying ministries to build healthy DNA
- Christian stewardship and connectional giving in the United Methodist system
- Celebrating the calling of participants and planning for the next phase of planting ministry
Training will take place in Spanish (with English translation available) at the Nueva Vida UMC in Dardanelle, Arkansas. The training dates are Sept. 15, 22, and 29; Oct. 27; Nov. 3 and 10; Dec. 1 and 8; and Jan. 5 and 12. The Rev. Jim Benfer and the Rev. Vitalino Mendez will both be leading training sessions.
There is no charge to attend this training.
For more information, contact Rev. Jim Benfer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Dardanelle church office at (479) 229-3720.
From the devotional archives – September 29, 2017
Have you ever sensed your hearing the same thing in your conversations with others, your prayer time and what you’re reading? This just may be God speaking to you. Often, it’s going to be challenging. And personal. And may even force you to change. That’s because God doesn’t waste time talking about what other people need to do. God helps you get in touch with what God wants you to do. And when you step out and do it, you’re going to discover it’s actually exactly what you want to do, too.