Disciple Fast Track in Search of Beta 2 Churches
Since 1987, Disciple Bible Study has reached nearly 3 million people worldwide, introducing the grand sweep of Scripture in a 34-week format. Now Disciple Fast Track maintains the integrity and principles of the original study, but its modifications can better meet the needs of a hectic world. Participants still receive a thorough introduction to the Bible, but in almost a third less time. Fast Track is not a replacement for the original; it is simply a practical option.
Disciple Fast Track uses the same Disciple Study Manual, but the class time and course length have all been adjusted for busy lifestyles. New print and video materials, which are extremely easy to use, give participants the tools to absorb and retain what they learn in this shortened format.
Main features of Disciple Fast Track:
- Classes meet for a total of 24 weeks
- Each group session lasts 75 minutes
- Designed for Small Groups and Large Groups
- A new, user-friendly Leader Guide
- 24 new weekly Illustrated Review Videos
- 24 new Introductory Videos
- Illustrated Review Flash Cards
- Leader Online Training and Online Community
Disciple Fast Track is being developed by Bishop Richard Wilke (author of the Disciple Bible Study Manuals) and Susan Fuquay, Christian Educator, with the permission and endorsement of the United Methodist Publishing House, the publisher of Disciple Bible Study.
In this final year of development, we are looking for churches to join us in beta 2 testing. We need you. Three hundred and fifty churches participated last year with over 5,000 participants. These churches reported a surge of people who signed up to learn the basic story of the Bible, Genesis to Revelation, but in a shorter time frame! Participants experienced spiritual growth and spiritual renewal.
Please go to the website http://www.disciplefasttrack.com
and explore all the materials and read what other pastors, educators, leaders and participants are saying. Then, consider joining us on this awesome journey of launching Disciple Fast Track!
Resources for Vital Congregations
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor
GBHEM Leadership Resources
Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church
Englewood Book Review
Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Ted Talks: The Golden Circle
Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability
Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability
Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians
Be A Disciple
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network
Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations
Living As United Methodist Christians
Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials
Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today
John Wesley Sermons: Anthology
Get Their Name
Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit
Canoeing the Mountains
Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People
Community: The Structure of Belonging
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
Institute for Emerging Issues
Congregations 4 Children
The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants
The Duke Endowment
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.