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Discipleship

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 -Matthew 28:19-20

First United Methodist Church of Hurst is an open community of Christian disciples seeking to live out the unconditional love of God as revealed in Jesus the Christ. We “seek to live out” our faith by intentionally growing in discipleship and deepening our connection with God, people and purpose.

Discipleship Is…

  • Unique - Discipleship is not “one size fits all” but is unique to each individual.
  • Messy - Discipleship can happen in fits and starts, and many of the practices overlap.
  • Communal - Discipleship happens in relationship.
  • Lifelong Growth - Discipleship is a process of becoming. We change, grow, broaden our understanding and deepen our connections over the course of a lifetime.

There are endless ways to grow and change as a disciple and deepen our connections with God, people and purpose. The links below will direct you to just some of the opportunities and resources available.

Please note: Some activities require MinistrySafe Training.

Worshipping

Here are some ways to Connect with God through worship:

  • Sunday Morning Services
  • Saturday Genesis Service 
  • Worship via LiveStream
  • Music Ministry
  • Usher Team 
  • Communion Steward
  • Stream Team
  • Lay Servant
  • Worship Committee

Suggested Reading:

  • By Water and the Spirit by Gayle Carlton Felton
  • Extending the Table: A Guide for a Ministry of Home Communion Serving by Mark K. Stamm
  • How Is It With Your Soul? by Priscilla Pope-Levison and Jack Levison

Praying

Here are some ways to Connect with God through Prayer

  • Daily Devotionals
  • Prayer Night 
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Prayer Team
  • Prayer Partners
  • Covenant Group
  • Book Study on prayer or spiritual practices

Suggested Reading:

  • Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott Discover
  • Your Spiritual Type by Corinne Ware
  • Praying in Color by Sybil Macbeth
  • Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference by Philip Yancey
  • Prayer by Timothy Keller

Caring and Sharing

Here are some ways to Connect with People by Caring and Sharing

  • First Friday Men’s Breakfast 
  • Game Days and Game Nights
  • Caring Friends
  • Welcoming Ministries
  • Hospitality Team
  • Support Groups
  • Confirmation Faith Partners
  • Stephen Ministers
  • Lay Chaplains
  • Caring Christian Mothers

Suggested Reading:

  • God’s Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel-Hungry World by Amy G. Oden
  • Understanding Your Grief by Alan Wolfelt 
  • Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise by Richard Beck

Learning

Here are some of the ways to Connect with People through Learning

  • Sunday School Classes
  • Bible Study
  • Lenten or Advent Small Group
  • Covenant Group
  • Testament Travels
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Children's Sunday Evening Discipleship Activities
  • Spiritual Formation Retreat
  • Confirmation
  • United Methodist Women

Suggested Reading:

  • Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again
       by Rachel Held Evans
  • How to Think Theologically by Howard W. Stone and James O. Duke
  • United Methodist Questions, United Methodist Answers by F. Belton Joyner Jr.

Tithing

Here are some ways to Connect with Purpose by Tithing

  • Legacy giving through FUMC Hurst Foundation
  • Give memorial or honorarium
  • Give to special offerings
  • Give to communion offering
  • Pledge giving to annual budget
  • Sponsor mission trip or retreat
  • Book study on finance, generosity, or gratitude
  • Increase pledge toward or beyond tithing

Suggested Reading:

  • Shiny Gods: Finding Freedom From Things That Distract Us by Mike Slaughter
  • Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity by Adam Hamilton
  • Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass
  • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

Serving

Here are some of the ways to Connect with Purpose through Serving

  • Donate items for Adopt-a-School, Mission Central, or Coat of Many Colors 
  • Serve with: Mobile Food Pantry, Mission Central, Adopt-a-School, Soup Sisters, Mission Possible Kids, Village Library, Care Portal, ESL Classes, Men at Work, Coat of Many Colors, Computer Classes, or Village Garden
  • Train as an Emergency Response Team member (ERT)
  • Participate on a Mission Trip

Suggested Reading:

  • Serving from the Heart: Finding Your Gifts and Talents for Service by Carol Cartmill and Yvonne Gentile
  • Finding God in a Bag of Groceries: Sharing Food, Discovering Grace by Laura Lapins Willis
  • What’s So Blessed About Being Poor? by L. Susan Slavin and Coralis Salvador
  • Equipped for Every Good Work: Building a Gifts-Based Church by Dan and Barbara Dick