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How has your church used the Five Practices and how has this changed your church? Do you have any stories to share about figuring something out or trying something new to deepen one or more of the five practices?

Your experiences and ideas may help someone else, and by reading what others have tried and learned, you may find your ministry strengthened. Our goal is to encourage conversation, learning, and collaboration so please share your stories!

Click here to Share Your Story. If your story is already in written form, you may e-mail it as an attachment to Five Practices.

Saint Paul’s UMC moves into new worship center

As members of Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church filed out of the 10 a.m. service Sunday, the familiar strains of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” started up from the musicians on the stage. Continue reading

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Hundreds of youth go to work in Joplin

This summer Joplin may be the busiest place in the state. There is no summertime slow- down there, as the town is a bee hive of activity from teams of vol- unteers come to assist with torna- do recovery. Continue reading

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Slow drain – Waters begin to recede after months of flooding

Any other year, the Northwest Missouri flooding would have been big news. But this year when the water was rising to the top of the levies on the Missouri River, a tornado was ripping a path six miles long through Joplin. Continue reading

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Joplin progresses on recovery after tornado

Some new homes are going up off of 26th Street near Saint Paul’s UMC. While Saint Paul’s worship center had to be torn down, the fellowship hall is now under repair so that the members will be able to return in the fall for worship. Continue reading

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Early responders share their story

We were asked by the Conference to arrive in Joplin Friday May 27, five days after the F5 tornado that caused so much damage and loss of life had swept through Joplin. What you saw on TV and in the newspapers we saw first hand and so much more. Continue reading

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Review of Extravagant Generosity

Read the review of Practicing Extravagant Generosity at Ministry Matters.com Continue reading

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Saint Paul’s UMC in Joplin filled with life as summer programs open on schedule

Children filled the classrooms at Saint Paul’s UMC in Joplin this week, as the church kicked off its summer programs right on schedule. Continue reading

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Mississippi churches come together around Five Practices

WAYNESBORO, MS – Mt. Carmel and St. Luke United Methodist churches came together as one body to implement the Five Fruitful Practices. Continue reading

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Strengthening the roots of faith

Among the local churches exploring the Five Practices in October is the United Methodist Church of Westford. Continue reading

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Random acts of kindness exist up in the air

Recently, I took a trip to Atlanta, Georgia for the celebration of a 50th Birth Day Party of a friend’s daughter.  The family paid for my plane ticket.  My friend told me a few weeks earlier that her family wanted … Continue reading

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