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Whether you are looking for a way to measure your congregation’s health, for a method to survey members of congregations, or needing a list of Scripture references that relate to the five practices, you will find some answers here.

Sermons on the Five Practices

Dr. William O. Reeves of First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas submitted five sermons on the Five Practices. These sermons were used this year as resources for a Conference-wide Bible Study Dr. Reeves wrote for the Arkansas Annual … Continue reading

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Free downloads: Local churches’ Five Practices images

Dustin Nimmo of Bethel UMC in Bethel, Ohio, submitted this image that they are using to promote Five Practices with their youth and young adult ministry. In addition to being featured on their youth and young adult website, the image serves … Continue reading

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Benediction responses for Five Practices

When Coker UMC in San Antonio, Texas, focused on Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, it helped them explore how they might become more radical, passionate, risk-taking, intentional, and extravagant. And as they prepared to launch the five-week focus, the church’s minister … Continue reading

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From blogs to a book

The Balancing Act: A Daily Rediscovery of Grace is a collection of thirty short and insightful daily readings originally written for the blog by Bishop Schnase that sharpen our perception of God’s activity in our everyday lives. The book … Continue reading

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A Fruitful Hospitality is Radical, listen to these and more sermons

Pastor Monica Jefferson, pastor at St. Andrew UMC in Florissant, MO has shared her latest sermon series on the Five Practices. They also sent out a mass mailing to the community advertising the series, and the postcard images are included below. A Fruitful … Continue reading

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Helping ‘Ideas’ become ‘Practices’

It started with a secret pulpit swap. Two pastors wandered around each other’s church buildings before worship, looking out of place, possibly homeless. They quietly evaluated first-hand how welcoming the grounds, the signage, and the people were. And when the … Continue reading

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Five Practices, More Languages

This month marks the release of Fruchtbare Gemeinden und was sie auszeichnet, the German translation of the book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. But whether you practice Radical Hospitality or Radikale Gastfreundschaft, the potential for vibrant and vital ministry is … Continue reading

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Worship skits, Sunday school tools and forms for creative planning

Mike Renquist, Lay Leader in charge of the Five Practices initiative at Saint John’s UMC in Austin, Texas has shared all of the resources they have used during a five-week church wide study. The planning groups had wonderful outcomes including devotional reading … Continue reading

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MissionCast highlighting a VIM trip to Mozambique

MissionCast 40 Catherine Pearson, a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, shares her experiences from a Volunteers in Mission trip she took with Missouri UMC to Mozambique. MissionCast is a weekly vlog of the Office of Creative Ministries.  Every week short videos bring … Continue reading

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Watch Bishop Schnase talk about risk-taking mission and service

The Bishop is explaining the principle and practices of risk-taking mission and service. RTMS Video

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