ABIDE is a small-membership church initiative for church revitalization and growth.  It is a part of Spiritual Leadership, Inc. (SLI) who provides the coaching for this journey with the churches.

ABIDE exists to engender a widespread movement for the renewal of smaller churches that are

  • Abiding in Christ,
  • Advancing God’s mission,
  • Alive in God’s glory.

What is ABIDE?

“ABIDE” is the single most important instruction Jesus gave his disciples related to their life mission.

  • “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me bear much fruit, because apart from me  you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
  • By abiding they would: glorify the Father, bear much fruit, and prove to be his disciples. (John 15:8)


ABIDE teams are formed to establish long-term spiritual and strategic leadership. Teams consist of the pastor and three to ten laypersons from each church. Usually ten to fifteen congregations participate and embark together on a fifteen month journey to discover in faith and joy how to:

  • Abide in Jesus and love one another,
  • Learn from the best teachers & coaches available,
  • Prayerfully discern the leading of the Holy Spirit for their congregation’s future,
  • Trust each other to claim that future for God’s glory and greater fruitfulness.

For more information

Contact Rev. Nancy Cole, Director of Church Health at ncole@umcna.org.

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Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.