Year 1

More to the Story

Consider Stephanie Speller’s thoughts on God’s love and Love’s work on the cross. Watch: More to the Story Discussion Prep: Jot down or outline answers to the questions below.  Be prepared to share your thoughts with your RIOM Covenant Group (3-5 minutes). What line, thought or quote in the video is staying with you and …

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Who Gets Saved?

Reflect on the idea of heaven and who gets saved through the lens of Will Willimon video and your readings for the day. Write: Finish these sentence stems: When most of my church members talk about or think about the eternal life they seem to think it means … Their thoughts are formed by … …

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The Kingdom of God Is…

Explore the Kingdom of God in your own ministry context using the Wesleyan quadrilateral. Read: Methodist Doctrine, The Essentials  2nd Edition (2011) by Ted Campbell Chapter 6, Doctrines About Judgement, Eternal Life and the Reign of God Responsible Grace by Randy Maddox Chapter 9, The Triumph of Responsible Grace Write: Write a 4-5 paragraph reflection …

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Planning Worship

Purpose: Think about current worship planning practices and ways in which you might strengthen them. Write: Answer the following questions. (If your current role does not require you to plan worship, use another setting in which this was a responsibility for your answers.) How do you currently plan worship weekly, monthly, church seasonally and why? …

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Worship

Explore and synthesize key readings and videos as you answer questions about worship. Books / Read: Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry, revised by Will Willimon Chapter 3 – Pastor as Priest: The Leadership of Worship Watch: Worship and Practice Becoming the Liturgy Discussion Prep: Jot down or outline answers to the questions below. …

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Sermon Planning

Purpose: Think about current sermon planning practices, ways in which you might strengthen them and what you might share with your peers. Read: Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry Revised by Will Willimon Chapter 6 The Pastor as Preacher: Servant of the Word Write: Answer the following questions. (If your current role does …

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Text, Community, and Preacher

Purpose: Explore Finding Your Congregation in the Text and Who in the World Are These People? as you consider what it means to plan your sermons. Listen: Finding Your Congregation in the Text by Craig Barnes – Festival of Homiletics -Available from Peach New Media (Select “Topics” tab to view all individual sessions. Click on …

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The Lordship of Jesus Christ

What does it mean to say Jesus saves, and why can’t we talk about Jesus without talking about the Trinity? Write: Finish these sentence stems: When most of my church members say or think “Jesus is Lord” they mean … When I say or think that “Jesus is Lord” I mean … The similarities between …

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The Triune God We Don’t Know

“All our imaginations of God have to be poured through the filter of Trinitarian reflection,” Jason Byassee. Read: Trinity: The God We Don’t Know by Jason Byassee Chapter 3:  The Triune God We Don’t Know Conclusion Watch: My Neighbor’s Music with Richard Twiss Write: Answer the following questions: Byassee writes, “All our imaginations of God …

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