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Discipleship Ministries offers new spiritual gifts online tool and other resources


Christian believers can discover their spiritual gifts and how to use them with a new online tool and other resources available from Discipleship Ministries. The resources include The Spiritual Gifts Assessment Inventory tool, which can help people learn how to use their God-given spiritual attributes to become intentional disciple-makers. “Everybody knows our mission is to make disciples for Jesus Christ, but some people may not understand that does not just happen coincidentally. It happens ...

Spring Silent Retreat registration now open


Maybe you're new or newly-returned to organized worship and you're ready to discern God's call on your life. Perhaps you're a regular church-goer who yearns to go deeper. You're thirsty for a sign or nudge from God about your next steps. Or maybe you're weary of the divisiveness of today's world and you long to shut out the clanging cymbals that seem to surround you. If you yearn for time and space to just be in the presence of God, you will certainly benefit from attending the Silent Retreat...

Cheaha District workshop offers opportunity to recenter


"When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, a hundred," said Thomas Jefferson. It's good advice. "Take a deep breath and count to ten," was the guidance my mother gave to me as a child whenever I became angry. I can't say I received her guidance very well in the heat of my angry moments. In fact I resisted almost all guidance whenever I lost my temper, often with hurtful consequences. I don't know how many raging mad episodes I caused, before I weighed the alternatives and ...

If You Liked “The Office,” You’ll Love “The Committee”

by: Adult Discipleship Team


Utilizing its popular character from the “Chuck Knows Church” video series, Discipleship Ministries released a series of sixteen videos, “The Committee.” The videos focus on the fictitious Park Grove Community Church, which is without a pastor and contemplating closure. Mixing “Office-like” humor and familiar traits of many of our United Methodist churches and leadership teams, each episode lasts about 15 minutes and follows meetings of the committee as our hero, Chuck, helps them process their ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Read Together and Pray Together

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett


Dear Friends, Every Christian is called to be a follower. Indeed Christian disciples are continually growing in our capacity to follow Jesus. Though God is the One who empowers us to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we have an important part to play in the process. Practices that result in our spending regular quality time with God make a huge difference in our development as disciples. Since discipleship is not a solo venture, it is essential that we practice holy habits both as ...

Silent Retreat ideal opportunity for prayer and contemplation


It's a busy, noisy world out there. Advanced technology has its rewards, but it also has its drawbacks. Information sometimes comes at us faster than we can process it. Many of us yearn for time and space to just be, and be in the presence of God. The Silent Retreat offers just such time and space. The next retreat is April 5-7, 2019. Retreats are held at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center of the Sacred Heart Monastery, 916 Convent Road NE in Cullman. Imagine peace and tranquility in a holy...

Opportunity for Spiritual Formation and Growth


Opportunity for Spiritual Formation and Growth: Metagem Institute's Spiritual Direction Training Program What: A two-year certification program for the formation of spiritual directors in the Christian tradition and for our time. Who: Those who have discerned a sense of call to offer spiritual direction or spiritual companionship are invited to apply. This program is open to laity and clergy. When: 2019-2021 Cohort starts coursework in March 2019 with the first intensive May 2019 and  program ...

Adult Discipleship Book Review: The Soul of Money


“Where your treasure is, there will be your heart.”—Jesus “Follow the money.”—Deep Throat “Show me the money!”—Jerry McGuire In a recent daily devotion email, Richard Rohr commends Lynne Twist’s The Soul of Money. Lynne has been a long time global traveler and fundraiser for The Hunger Project, a worldwide effort. Among those with whom Lynne has hung out are Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Oprah, corporate heads, and movie moguls. And also, with Gertrude and friends in the basement of a Harlem ...

Opportunities for Silence


Many of us long for an escape from the noise and stress of our daily lives. If you've ever wished you could escape the ringing phone, the demands of work and family life, the bad news that can seem to surround us—here's good news. The North Alabama Conference Adult Discipleship Team supports Silent Retreats throughout the year. At a silent retreat, you can leave the world behind and find rest. Silent retreats were brought to the North Alabama Conference by the late Rev. Claude Whitehead in ...

Adult Discipleship Blog: What Spiritual Direction Is Not


In my last blog posting I wrote concerning the question: What is spiritual direction? I quoted William Barry’s and William Connolly’s book, The Practice of Spiritual Direction: “Help given by one Christian to another, which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.” I expanded on that definition, and I shared some of ...

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