#SeeAllThePeople to inspire disciple-making movement
What if United Methodist congregations stopped looking for quick fixes to revitalize their churches and started seeing the people right outside our doors that Christ called us to reach?
What if churches recommitted themselves to focus on being in relationship with those around them and created an intentional system to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world?
Discipleship Ministries is asking those questions of United Methodists. The agency believes The United Methodist Church has looked too long for a quick fix to help guide discipleship efforts; that it is now called to embrace fully the spirit of the Wesleyan tradition by being in relationship with the communities that surround its church buildings.
#SeeAllThePeople is a grass roots initiative designed to inspire a disciple-making movement across the denomination. Discipleship Ministries (www.umcdiscipleship.org) is shifting priorities to create resources, events and a discipleship system that emphasizes congregations being in relationship with those outside their walls.
"We cannot disciple people that we are not in relationship with," said the Rev. Junius B. Dotson, general secretary at Discipleship Ministries. "Discipleship begins with relationship. When churches create an intentional discipleship system, they move from tinkering and fixing to relationship and discipleship. We do this not to just fill our pews, but to boldly show Christ's love to those around us."
To launch the conversation about #SeeAllThePeople, a discussion starter video and guide are on the initiative website, www.seeallthepeople.org. Dotson urges church leaders and members to start a conversation by using the hashtag #SeeAllThePeople and using the resources on the website with others in the congregation.
Other resources available at www.seeallthepeople.org include:
- Developing an Intentional Discipleship System: A Guide for Congregations. The free booklet offers clear answers to questions such as "What is a disciple?" "How are they formed?" and, most importantly, "Why are we called to make them?" It also provides help for congregations wanting to develop a discipleship system or improve their existing discipleship efforts. (Receive a free copy by signing up for #SeeAllThePeople email updates.)
- A social hub with numerous social media opportunities to follow and participate in the movement using the hashtag #SeeAllThePeople and images to share with friends
- A video in which Dotson explains the importance of creating an intentional discipleship system
- The Wesleyan Roots of #SeeAllThePeople, a downloadable pdf prepared by the Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards, director of worship resources at Discipleship Ministries, and a video describing the historical significance of the Wesleyan movement
- A sign-up for future #SeeAllThePeople updates by email.
Adapted from information provided by Discipleship Ministries