During October we will be examining the question of fruitfulness. What does it mean for a congregation to bear fruit? What does a congregation do to bear fruit? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we individually contribute to and participate in that fruitfulness? We will be using as the basis for our focus the highly acclaimed book The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, by Rev. Robert Schanse, the United Methodist Bishop of Missouri.
Information about the stewardship emphasis will be delivered with your October newsletter. If you need additional copies of any of these resources, download them using the links below.
Listed below are a few other Five Practices resources that you may wish to explore on your own.
The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations (book). This simple, but powerful book describes the five practices in detail. It includes inspirational examples of the impact of the five practices in the lives of individuals and communities of faith and it offers concrete ideas for implementing the five practices in a congregation.
Official Five Practices website. Includes brief descriptions of each of the five practices and how they impact a congregation's fruitfulness.
Five Practices stories. Read stories of how other churches have cultivated new fruitfulness by focusing on the five practices.
Videos featuring Bishop Schnase. View videos featuring Bishop Schanse that offer additional commentary, insight, and ideas related to the five practices.