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"How is it with your soul?"

Everyone needs support and encouragement on the journey of faith. The purpose of all Discipleship Groups is to help us reflect on our faith journeys and grow as followers of Christ. There are 2 Discipleship Groups. They meet each week in January, February & March with a break for the month of April. The groups then resume and meet each week in May, June & July with a break for the month of August. The groups once again resume in September and meet each week through November with a break for December.

All D-Groups follow the same meeting structure, but there is a focus period (about 15-20 minutes) in each one that is customized around a certain interest. The groups offered are:

+ Caregivers Support Discipleship Group

+ News and Views Group

Detailed descriptions follow here. If you would like to join a D-Group, newcomers are always welcome!

Contact Pastor Rob for more details or to sign up.

Caregivers Support Discipleship Group

Mondays at noon - Led by Joyce Stratton

Location: Varies

The demands of care giving (devoting yourself to the unpaid care of chronically ill or disabled family members & others) can be overwhelming and lead to burnout, damaging both your own physical and mental health. This group will use its focus period to help care givers offer themselves a measure of love & support. Because we love and serve God by loving & serving all people, let us start by loving & serving ourselves.

News and Views Group: Mondays at 7pm at the home of Mary Beth Morris in Grapeview. Group led by Janice Olmsted. As the world spins around us let's take time to reflect on our response and actions that are in keeping with our Faith.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: How is a Discipleship Group different than other church groups at NMUMC?

A: Discipleship Groups are intentional and methodical about helping people grow in their journey to become stronger disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Five distinctive characteristics of Discipleship Groups:

1. D-Groups meets weekly for personal reflection, sharing, and study. Members focus on recent individual experiences of God and on our journeys as followers of Jesus.

2. D-Groups make their own covenant for mutual accountability.

3. D-Groups encourages each member to discover his or her spiritual gifts and to do service both inside and outside the church. A D-group may choose to do service together. Group members reflect on how being a minister helps us grow as disciples.

4. D-Groups grows by invitation and attraction to include new disciples. New leaders are identified, equipped, and supported in order to be ready to birth new groups when the Spirit says it’s time.

5. D-Groups may have different themes, depending on a particular affinity, interest, need, or life-stage. However, all groups share the Wesleyan core of reflecting together about the way we balance the inward expressions (“personal piety”) and outward expressions (“social holiness”) of our walk as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Q: What if I can’t make a long-term commitment?

These Groups run on a trimester cycle. SPRING: May-June-July; AUTUMN: September-October-November; WINTER: January-February-March. August, December, and April will be “OFF”. D-groups are always open to new people, but at the beginning of each season, D-groups make a special push to invite new members. You may decide to stay with your group, choose a different group, start a new group, or take the season off.

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