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after Wide Consultation  Methodist Council  Holiness & Risk event  GS report to conference  Numerous discussions. Discipleship…. ...in line with Our Calling and Our Priorities not a ‘new initiative’ but an extension of focus and prioritising. Discipleship….

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after

Wide Consultation

 Methodist Council

 Holiness & Risk event

 GS report to conference

 Numerous discussions...

Discipleship…


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...in line with Our Calling

and Our Priorities

not a ‘new initiative’

but an extension of focus and prioritising...

Discipleship…


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less ‘another top down initiative’

 more about ‘getting in step’ than ‘banging a drum’

Discipleship…


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recognition that making and nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ is an essential call and ministry of the local church

Discipleship…


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So making disciples of Jesus Christ is an essential call and ministry of the local church – evangelism matters

Making Disciples Matters


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recognition that nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ is an essential ministry of the local church

Making Disciples Matters


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Three main themes/ strands identified an essential ministry of the local church

Discipleship…


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Discipleship… an essential ministry of the local church

 Whole-life

 Life-long

 World-changing


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Whole-Life Discipleship… an essential ministry of the local church

connected, authentic discipleship

 The Martha effect – in the home

 The Nicanor effect – in the Church

 The Obadiah effect – in the workplace

 The Solomon effect – in the public square


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Life-Long Discipleship… an essential ministry of the local church

 The Martha effect – in the home

 The Nicanor effect – in the Church

 The Obadiah effect – in the workplace

 The Solomon effect – in the public square


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World-Changing Discipleship… an essential ministry of the local church

Because Christian discipleship is not primarily about self improvement

 The Martha effect – in the home

 The Nicanor effect – in the Church

 The Obadiah effect – in the workplace

 The Solomon effect – in the public square


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Together these themes/strands re-express and support a focus on personal and social holiness deep in the heart of Methodism...

Discipleship…


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they challenge individuals to be good disciples... focus on personal and social holiness deep in the heart of Methodism...

Personal Discipleship…

through means of grace, and spiritual disciplines...


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belonging to the people of God, accountability, service, witness etc...

for the glory of God and the sake of the World

Corporate Discipleship…


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witness etc...building on what’s happening

 learning from each other

 offering a greater mission rationale and focus

 going on the ‘road’

Discipleship…and Mapping a Way Forward


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Discipleship…and Mapping a Way Forward witness etc...

The intentional making and nurturing of Christian disciples will be offered as the desired outcome and clear intention of the Mapping a Way Forward: Regrouping for Mission process.

So that Methodism – at every level of its being – becomes a more useful tool in the hands of a missionary God....


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Our task today... witness etc...

 “Are the Connexional Team in step … with

God, Church, Society?”

 “What might our ‘uniquely and best be?’”

Discipleship…


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