Welcome to Equipping!
The Equipping Ministries Team is dedicated to providing resources and training to the people of the New Mexico Annual Conference as they make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The vision of Equipping Ministries in providing the training and learning for local church leadership is that the NM Annual Conference excel at enabling this transformation.
The mission of Equipping Ministries is to strategically offer training and leadership opportunities which will positively impact local churches in their efforts to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Equipping Ministries Team will be planning training sessions over the next 5 years to more deeply examine the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations and for Fruitful Living, based on the books written by Bishop Robert Schnase.
Intentional Focus for Local Church training opportunities over the next 5 years:
2008-2009: Radical Hospitality trainings
2009-2010: Concentration on Passionate Worship
2010-2011: Intentional Faith Development will be emphasized
2011-2012: Risk-Taking Mission and Service will emphasized
2012-2013: Extravagant Generosity will be celebrated
In addition to these ongoing 5 Practices trainings, we are also helping fund other training opportunities as funds are available. Equipping Scholarship Application
Look to the links at right for leadership training information and other timely events.
Every month G.B.O.D. sends you just 5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Here’s your July 2013's issue!
Help your children learn about mission projects that benefit other children in the world. The United Methodist Children’s Fund for Christian Mission uses teaching activities to help children learn about missions, practice care of others, develop habits of discipleship and practice generosity. Gifts to the 2013 Children’s Fund will benefit ministries in Hungary, Paraguay, Florida and Georgia. To learn more about the projects and activities you can use with children, visit http://bit.ly/1dbHnwS.
Learn how to plant a multi-ethnic church. The multi-ethnic/multi-cultural church brings together people who intend to live, work and worship together as a diverse church. Staff from New Church Starts (Path 1) can help annual conferences train leaders who seek to plant churches where multi-ethnic/multi-cultural people can come together as one Christian community. To learn more, go to http://bit.ly/1bjkXvy.
Looking for a way to connect kids with God? Consider Pockets, a monthly devotional magazine published by The Upper Room that is written and designed for children ages 9-12. The July issue examines the importance of friendships. Pockets is available by subscription or as a standing order in bulk for congregations. Plus, to support each issue's theme, there's more online at http://pockets.upperroom.org for kids, families and Christian educators.
Find a mission location where your young people can make a difference. Check out UM Youth Missions, an emerging partnership among United Methodist-related mission destinations for young people led by GBOD’s Young People’s Ministries. Visit http://globalyoungpeople.org/missions to search for the best work mission destinations for your young people and be confident that each listed organization claims and celebrates its UM approach to missional theology and practice.
Are you experiencing spiritual burnout? Jesus faced amazing pressure and overwhelming demands, yet also demonstrated a rhythm of living throughout the Gospels that is a cycle of grace for today’s Christian clergy and laity. Best-selling author Trevor Hudson examines four components of a grace-filled life – acceptance, sustenance, significance and fruitfulness – in The Cycle of Grace, a new workbook and video for personal or small group study from Upper Room Books. For more information or to order, go to http://bit.ly/VFFwvy.
That’s all this month. 5 more ideas coming your way in August!
P.S. Seen Chuck Knows Church? Check out our latest online video series at: ChuckKnowsChurch.org.