First Broad Street UMC has a vision of "discipleship that transforms every person into fully devoted and contagious followers of Jesus Christ."  We believe our toolkit will help all those who come in contact with First Broad Street to do just that.  The Discipleship Transformation Toolkit has three core areas:

  1. Intentional Spiritual Rhythm
  2. Life Group Accountability
  3. Logos Study Curriculum

Spiritual Rhythm

Spiritual Rhythm is something we all have whether we realize it or not. We “pencil in” our important appointments on our schedules, but do we set aside specific times in our days, weeks, or months that are for God? Our toolkit provides spiritual rhythm models to help us find a good fit for intentionally marking time that is set apart for prayer, scripture reading, and more.

Life Groups

Life Groups are a special type of small group that gather in a host home with a meal. These groups grow up to 12 people before “closing.” This is not to be exclusive, but to foster a safe place for people to share the hardest parts of their walk with God.  Life Groups have proven to be an incredible tool for discipleship in all age groups.  New Life Groups are starting up throughout the year, and we already have more than 100 people meeting together each week in homes around Kingsport!  If anyone wishes to join a Life Group and current groups are full, a new one will start in order to meet the need.  If you would like to join a Life Group or feel called to host one, please contact Retta Overturf at 423-378-4245.

We want to be sure to point out that our Sunday school classes and other small groups are unique at First Broad Street because they more closely resemble Life Groups than at most churches. Our small groups have certainly developed our church in a wonderful and worshipful way.  We will continue to support and do whatever we can to lift up our existing groups who have served our church so well.  Life Groups are just another option for people who don’t feel comfortable joining into a long-established group or who like the smallness and closeness of a Life Group.

Logos Study

Our Logos Study curriculum is a suggested set of books or studies that helps broaden our knowledge about God and about how He interacts with the world through culture.  

There are six areas of growth that we want to encourage the congregation to pick studies out of, including the following:

  • Christianity – What makes us Christian and why we believe what we believe
  • Methodism – What makes us unique as Methodists
  • Exploration – How we fit into the bigger picture
  • Biblical Narrative – The Biblical story is our story
  • Cultural Narrative – How does God reveal Himself through culture
  • Hospitality – Serving like Jesus so that people ask why we are different

We will be offering the curriculum as part of the Logos Study four times a week to fit our busy schedules.  The same lesson will be taught starting on Sunday, August 13 during the Logos Sunday School, so if you miss your normal class you will be able to join in on a different day.  This study concentrates on gaining knowledge about God, and we strongly recommend that you also be part of a small group like the Life Groups in order to meet you soul care needs as well.  The Thursday class is an opportunity to bring your lunch and invite friends from work. 

Dates and Times for Logos Study

  • Sunday 9:30 a.m. 
  • Tuesday 9:30 a.m. 
  • Wednesday 6:15 p.m. 
  • Thursday 11:45 a.m. 

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Misti McCreary at mmccreary@fbsumc.org or 423-224-1517.

 

Photo by MTSOfan, courtesy of Creative Commons Walking a labyrinth, like this one at Hopewell United Methodist Church, Downington, Penn., is a time to focus and be centered on God's call for discipleship, says Pat Rankin, a member at Trinity United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon.

Photo by MTSOfan, courtesy of Creative Commons

Walking a labyrinth, like this one at Hopewell United Methodist Church, Downington, Penn., is a time to focus and be centered on God's call for discipleship, says Pat Rankin, a member at Trinity United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon.

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