Rev. Junius Dotson, the leader of Discipleship Ministries for the United Methodist Church, will preach and teach in Western Pennsylvania on March 20 and 21. Dotson's focus is on helping local church leaders develop a system for reaching new people and growing disciples. It starts with congregations getting to know and engage with those liviving in their communities.
“We’re not talking about new ways of inviting new people to your church,” said Dotson. “It requires building relationships with people.”
Dotson’s initiative “See All The People” uses a church-wide approach that helps leaders concentrate on intentional discipleship, while engaging their surrounding community. He’s the author of two books on the subject and was the keynote speaker for the Laity Session of the 2018 Annual Conference.
“We’ve got to stop trying to fix churches and focus on making disciples,” he told the laity in an engaging message. “If you build disciples you will build the church.
“Rebirth can happen at any point,” he added, “ … any time the church decides to See All the People.”
Members of most congregations think that those living around their churches are just like them, but that’s rarely the case, the Rev. John Seth explained last year while preparing for the Conference Evangelism Team’s #See All the People workshops. “People under the age of 40 are missing in many of our churches. We’re missing about 38 percent of the population,” he added.
Clergy and laity have two opportunities to learn from Rev. Dotson first-hand in March. He will preach and teach on “Engaging Your Community” in a workshop at Christ UMC in Franklin from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 20. The following day, March 21, he will be at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for worship, the annual Albright-Deering lecture and lunch conversation.
Both programs are offered in partnership with the seminary, but separate registrations are required.
Register for the workshop at Christ UMC in Franklin on the Conference website here
Get details and register for the events at Pittsburgh Seminary at pts.edu/AD-2019