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“Serving God through Faithful Stewardship on Our Common Home*:
Equipping Good Shepherd United Methodist Church for the Anthropocene.”
Rev. DaeHwa Park
Over the last two decades I have served as an ordained elder at
several United Methodist churches in the greater Washington area.
While leading these congregations, I learned that there was a need
for a discipleship pathway for the churches I served to make and
empower the disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the
In 2010, I wrote a 40-page ministry catalog, entitled Means of Grace
that Shapes Our Future, for Saint James United Methodist Church
in West Friendship, Maryland. The catalog was used mainly for new
member classes and for the financial stewardship for the church.
Beginning with the mission, vision, value and beliefs of the church, the catalog helped a new disciple grow and find his or her place
in the life of the church through the discipleship pathway. The discipleship pathway was developed through the Wesleyan means of
grace. It offers eight assimilation tracks that bring up new members to grow to the level of spiritual leaders in the church.
Each track requires a year of bible study and lay leadership practice in the area of ministry – worship, study, service and evangelism.
Through the assimilation process of each track,** the members of the church learn the ministerial skills and are invited to serve eight
different leadership areas of the church. ... [Cont'd here (PDF file)]