Praying Our Way Forward- February 22


PRAYER FOR THOSE DISCERNING AND WORKING FOR THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH: During a mission weekend in which we were working on a habitat house my three year old son fell asleep during our closing worship service. During the prayer time he mutters aloud, “Daddy built the house but he didn’t put the roof on….” Today I echo my son’s prayer. Creating God, giver of dreams and visions; by the power of your Holy Spirit move us into a place of holy imagination. Through Your perfect love cast out all fear so that we may dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Thank You for a roofless house. Build Your house where the sky is the limit. That’s Your church and our joyful prayer. Amen.

Brennan and (mommy) Nicole Jones

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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

Design Thinking

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

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


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment







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