16-17 Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.
18-20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
Rev. Dotson is the author of Developing an Intentional Discipleship System: A Guide for Congregations, and Engaging Your Community: A Guide to Seeing All the People. Both resources help congregations look beyond their walls, acknowledging that God calls us to have “meaningful relationships in authentic, organic and consistent ways.”
As a leader who responds to challenges and opportunities in new and creative ways, Rev. Dotson believes that effective ministry is about training, developing, and empowering leaders to establish ministries that address the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.
We will once again celebrate innovative ministry happening across our Conference during Annual Conference 2020.
Is there a mission, outreach, project, or program from within your congregation or community that has transformed your church and your community?
If so, tell us about it!
We will consider you and your church for a Wesley.
Nominations close February 29, 2020.
The purpose of the Wesley Awards is to affirm and celebrate ministries from around the Conference that are creatively, innovatively and faithfully making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Several years ago, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey had the idea to highlight unique and successful ministry projects throughout the Annual Conference. We even highlighted them with an awards night, complete with formal attire. It was a thing.
But what would the Annual Conference design team give the award winners?
A boring certificate?
In a committee meeting, someone from the back of the room sheepishly suggested, "How 'bout a John Wesley bobblehead?"
"Wait - do those actually exist?," someone asked.
In a matter of seconds, the entire room went to their laptops and Googled "John Wesley bobbleheads" and sure enough, they exist.
Someone then said, "Good idea, but to make this a great idea, we need to spray paint them gold."
All at once, the entire room screamed (practically in unison), "Genius!"
The next day, a group of folks headed to the local paint shop. After throwing the doors open with a bit of flair, they exclaimed, "We need your finest gold paint, for we are painting John Wesley!"
The clerk asked, "Who is John Wesley?"
"He was a theologian and evangelist," said the volunteer. "And his heart was strangely warmed."
The clerk said, "Well, strange is one way to put it - this is a strange request. Does Wesley know he is going to be spray painted?"
"No," said the volunteer. "But he totally gets grace and he'd be super cool with this idea!"
The above story is not true. Obviously, we are having fun with the bobbleheads. In all seriousness, we hope the festive idea of a gold bobblehead helps elevate these award-winning ministries that have impacted our Conference.