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Discipleship

Stories and helps for growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ and overcoming the challenges of being a faithful disciple; ideas for helping others to grow as disciples.

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Volunteers from The Gathering United Methodist Church carry the Literacy Project throughout their city, helping St. Louis public school students improve their reading skills. Photo courtesy of The Gathering

To Be a Witness (United Methodist-style)

When we agree to "witness," United Methodists say they will live their membership vows publicly. Read More

Carlenda Smith: Love, care for all

Prayer guided Dr. Carlenda Smith as she prepared to be a physician; prayer sustains her in her practice. Read More

Unusual staff positions benefit churches

Innovative ministries let leaders bring secular occupations into church settings. Read More

As the Hamline Community Bread Oven pizza bakers, the Rev. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, left, and Hamline students learn skills of hospitality and baking for their neighborhood. Courtesy photo

Campus ministers connect career, ministry options

Campus ministry helps students discover ways to live out their calls, regardless of occupation. Read More

Jaime Gallaga: Faith leads to service

Since his baptism, construction worker Jaime Gallaga has worked on God's behalf whenever and wherever he can. Read More

Gary Walden: Called to Serve

A long career in the cosmetology industry gives this hairstylist opportunities to fulfill his call to serve. Read More

Aly King: Living Christ’s love

Aly King may not be able to talk about her faith in her workplace, but she can act on it -- and does, daily. Read More

Ben Papa: Making peace during divorce

Attorney Ben Papa seeks to change the conversation about divorce. Read More

Pastor Laura Vincent leads the children's time during worship at Shiloh United Methodist Church near Clinton, Kentucky. Helping children see that they are unique and created for a purpose is part of developing a culture of call in local churches. United Methodist Communications photo by Mike DuBose

Creating a culture of call

United Methodists urged to ask early and ask often when encouraging people to explore God's call to them. Read More

The Rev. Mark Galang (second from right) joins a demonstration advocating a living wage for workers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Courtesy photo

Valuing work and workers part of UM social witness

United Methodists have long supported workers and workplace justice. They were the basis of the church's 1908 Social Creed. Read More

Michael Rashon Adkins with two former students. Courtesy photo

Teachers have a calling to their schools

Three United Methodist teachers tell how they live their faith daily in their classrooms. Read More

Faith undergirds attitudes, actions in the workplace

Everyone carries a belief structure into the workplace. What it is shapes the attitudes of United Methodists and others toward their work. Read More

Churches, schools partner to help students

A washer and dryer, notes of encouragement and a goal-oriented teen center make church-school partnerships work. Read More

Topics, approaches vary in new Advent studies

Planning for Advent is rapidly approaching in United Methodist churches. Here are nine new studies to consider. Read More

Helping Dallas heal following 2016 shootings

Dallas pastor hopes Year of Unity response to killing of six police officers will become City of Unity movement. Read More

Oh, the places you ought to go

Travel near to home or to foreign settings allows experiencing diversity -- especially when doing so intentionally. Read More

Diverse congregations help these churches thrive

These four United Methodist churches thrive as multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-economic congregations. Read More

Living together well is hard, but possible

Five leaders talk of how United Methodists can lead in living together well in an inceasingly diverse world. Read More

The Rev. Yohang Chun (fifth adult from left) hosts college students in his home on Friday nights. Photo by Shannon Hodson, Upper New York Advocate

Pastor feeds stomachs and spirits of Korean students

A United Methodist pastor in upper New York gives students from Korea a taste of home with weekly meals and Bible study. Read More

District-to district partnership encourages diversity through work

United Methodist in Zimbawe and in Western Pennsylvania in the United States contribute to mission work in the African country. Read More