Connectional Ministries Council

The Connectional Ministries Council coordinates the work of the Discipleship Teams.

Discipleship Teams

The Discipleship Teams offer primary assistance and resources to local churches as they seek to fulfill their disciple-making mission. There are four discipleship teams (Nurture, Outreach, Witness, and Advocacy) with the following areas of responsibility.

Nurture Team
The Nurture Team will be responsible for assisting churches in areas of:
•  Christian formation
•  Education
•  Small group ministries
•  Worship, stewardship
•  Membership care
•  Age-level ministries
•  Children and Youth Camps
•  Young Adults
•  Older Adult
•  Family ministries
•  Outdoor ministries
* Staff person related to Nurture: Allison Lindsey

Outreach Team
The Outreach Team will be responsible for assisting churches in equipping growing Christians to express their discipleship by being in mission beyond the walls of their church. This includes opportunities like:
•  Global and local missions
•  Mission personnel recruitment and initial screening
•  Disaster response and the United Methodist Committee on Relief
•  Volunteers in Missions
•  The Bishops' Initiative on Children and Poverty
•  Hope for the Children of Africa
•  HUMBLE United Methodist School 
•  Ministries through our health and welfare agencies
* Staff person related to Outreach: Allison Lindsey and Earnestine Campbell

Witness Team
The Witness Team will be responsible for assisting churches by:
•  Training and motivating growing Christians to share their faith and lead others to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
•  Sponsoring training in witnessing
•  Sponsoring training in lay speaking
•  Sponsoring specific events to equip our congregations to reach the unchurched in our communities with the gospel
•  Intentional hospitality
* Staff person related to Witness: Allison Lindsey

Advocacy Team
The Advocacy Team will give coordinated effort to help the annual conference, districts and local churches reflect the best of Christian community as we value awareness, respect, trust, equality, and acceptance of our diversity. This team will oversee ministries related to:
•  Religion and Race
•  Ethnic Local Church Concerns
•  Status and Role of Women
•  Persons with Disabilities
•  Native American Ministries
•  Church and Society
•  Christian Unity
•  Interreligious Concerns
* Staff person related to Advocacy: Earnestine Campbell