19338 Beaver Dam Rd, PO Box 67, Beaverdam, VA 23015
Beaverdam United Methodist Church
Monday, July 22, 2019
Friends, United in Christ, Nurturing Each Other and the World

A Disciple of Jesus Christ is a Lifelong Learner Who Influences Others to Serve

     At annual conference in June 2017, Bishop Lewis challenged every United Methodist congregation in the Virginia Conference to have in place by 2020 a process for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. What will that look like? It feels a lot like my question way back in 1991 when I received that phone call from Wendy. From that experience I can tell us, it will look like spending time with someone intentionally, it will look like being willing to learn as well as teach and it will mean that we need to invest in time together and time before God.
     To begin formulating a process for disciple-making, we will answer the following three questions:
  1. How do you define a disciple of Jesus Christ? (When we make disciples, what are we, by God’s grace, trying to make?)
  2. What is the relationship between a disciple and the Gospel? (It must be more than just worship, prayer, study. But what more is it?)
  3. What are the key things we at Beaverdam UMC and Rouzie’s Chapel UMC will be doing between now and 2020 to ensure that we have a discipleship process in place for people in all ages and stages of life?
      These questions are the beginning of the conversation we are going to have throughout this Fall about how the West Hanover Charge can help disciple others.