5 New Ideas From GBOD

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Every month we send you just 5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Here’s this month’s issue!

Idea 1Help advance pastoral education in Africa and the Philippines. Invest in the development of an e-reader library at United Methodist theology schools. The e-readers contain several hundred texts pertinent to theological education. Full sponsorship of the e-reader library for one school in Africa or the Philippines means a $35,000 investment over three years. A church may be a full sponsor, share sponsorship with others or provide any level of support. For more information, go to

Idea 2Explore the ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus. Receive 50 free daily devotions and register for an online small group e-course based on the "I Am" sayings of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. From The Upper Room's The God We Can Know study series by Rob Fuquay, these Lenten spiritual practices will help you find and form an answer to Jesus' important question. The devotions are free, and the e-course is $19. For more information about each, go to

Idea 3Learn how to start a children’s ministry in a new congregation. Melanie Gordon, director of Ministry with Children at Discipleship Ministries, will help with questions about faith development or curriculum selection during the one-hour webinar Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. CST. The interactive webinar will focus on the basics needed in New Church Starts to welcome and form children from birth to age 11. Participants will have the opportunity for ongoing mentoring. For more information and to register, go to

Idea 4Make sure your youth attend their own national gathering. Registration is in full swing for YOUTH 2015, the get-together held every four years just for United Methodist youth and their leaders. The June 24-28 event in Orlando will feature workshops, mission opportunities, big room worship and concerts. It is open to 6-12 graders and their leaders. For more information and to register, go to

Idea 5Here’s help with your annual financial resources audit. As your church makes plans for this year’s Local Church Financial Audit, you can find helpful resources online. Items such as the Audit Guide, FAQs and the form used for reporting are all available in one convenient location at For even more help, sign up for a webinar, “AUDIT is Not a Four-Letter Word!”, on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. (CDT). To register, go to

That’s all this month.  5 more ideas coming your way in March.

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