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Intentional Discipling

Discipleship refers to all the ministries that help us grow in faith outside of weekly worship: Bible Studies, Sunday school, small groups, and retreats where we learn in the community of other Christians.

Intentional refers to deliberate effort, purposeful action, and high priority. Growing in grace does not come without purposeful commitment to learning the faith and cultivating our love for God.


—Bishop Robert Schnase on Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations: Passionate Worship 2008

In all that we do as the congregation of Tuskawilla United Methodist Church we seek to incarnate our mission to be a place where all people Belong, Grow, and Serve. Through Intentional Discipleship we grow in relationship with God and with one another; we grow in the way that God intended for us to grow since the time of creation.

At Tuskawilla UMC we desire to make disciples rather than church members. Disciples are committed to head, heart, and hand work of growth. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, believed that we are all going onto Christian perfection. This path to Christian perfection is a path; it requires movement, our taking steps forward. It also allows for us to choose to take steps backwards or to take some detours along the way. Whatever our steps, for good or for ill, they are part of our formation as God’s people and as disciples of Jesus. We believe through presence and participation in a faith community that taking mindful and Spirit-led steps forward is eased, encouraged, and, as Wesley would say, a more excellent way.

Tuskawilla UMC offers age-level, life-stage level, and intergenerational discipleship opportunities through our worship, small group, and service opportunities. Our discipleship opportunities follow the methodology of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, which uses the lenses of Church Tradition, Personal Experience, and Reason to help us understand, interpret, and apply Scripture in our daily lives. We offer both short-term and long-term ongoing studies throughout the year that are led by our pastor, our retired pastors, and church members.

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