“The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs” (The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2008, ¶120.
Advocates for Inclusiveness
The goal of the ministry group for inclusiveness is to help every ministry group, every committee, and every aspect of your church be intentional about the full and equal participation of women and racial and ethnic persons in its life. As you advocate for an inclusive church, you are helping the church reflect the fullness of the ministry of Christ. In this guideline look for this and more:
- A biblical-theological basis for inclusive ministry
- The role and responsibilities of the coordinator
- Definitions of racism and sexism
- Models for racial and ethnic inclusiveness
- Checklist for an inclusive church
The twenty-six Guidelines cover church leadership areas including Church Council, Pastor, and Lay Leader/Lay Member; the administrative areas of Finance and Trustees; and ministry areas focused on nurture, outreach, and witness including Worship, Evangelism, Stewardship, and more.
The complete set of Guidelines (ISBN 9780687647224) includes a CD-ROM with searchable files of all twenty-six Guidelines as well as a workshop to introduce the Guidelines to your ministry team, oversize charts and worksheets, and more.
The Guidelines are available in convenient, economical individual print editions as well as downloadable PDF editions.
Complete List of Guidelines Titles, 2009-2012:
- Church Council
- Pastor Parish Relations
- Lay Leader/ Lay Member
- Leader Selection & Development
- Small Group Ministries
- Small Membership Church
- Christian Education
- Adult Ministries
- Children’s Ministries
- Family Ministries
- Youth Ministries
- Advocates for Inclusiveness
- Church and Society
- Church Historian
- Higher Education & Campus Ministry
- Men’s Ministries
- Women’s Ministries
- Scouting & Civic Youth-Serving Ministry