Adult Discipleship Blog: What's Your Name?


What's Your Name?

The easiest conversation starter in the world creates an effective premise for Jessica LaGrone's Namesake. The six-week study focuses on biblical characters whose lives and names were forever changed by an encounter with God. The study is theologically sound, highly relational and encourages great class interaction.

I loved getting to know the ladies in my study group at Forest Lake UMC in Tuscaloosa as we worked through Namesake. Discovering the origins of my classmates' names helped me to understand them better as individuals. While we studied Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter and the unnamed woman, we also were encouraged to discover our identity and purpose for which we were created by a God who loves us intensely. The participant book features five daily readings per week, and while not being overwhelming, effectively prepared us for participation in the video-based class.

Jessica LaGrone is Dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary, and her video sessions of Namesake are informative, thought-provoking and entertaining. She relates the deep truths of Scripture as easily and well as she shares experiences from her own life and family.

The Namesake DVD is available from the North Alabama Conference Resource Library. Please email Mary Simpson at for details.

Linda Denton Holland
Director of Connectional Ministries and Coordinator of Communication
North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church

The Adult Discipleship Blog is produced by the North Alabama Conference Adult Discipleship Team as a way to use the depth of our United Methodist connectional relationship to resource local churches to best grow disciples and to help deepen the North Alabama Conference's connection to the vine who is Jesus Christ. (For the purpose of this blog see the post “The Power of Religion”.) Please join the conversation by adding your comment below. If you have an idea for a blog topic or would like to make a submission to the Adult Discipleship Blog please contact the Adult Discipleship Team Convenor Rev. Peter von Herrmann at


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