Ministry of Administrative Assistants

Ministry of Administrative Assistants
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This ministry guide has been written to provide information about how to provide support ministry to the people with whom you work. This guide is also for people who work in many different ministry settings, a church or denominational administrative office, a small or medium size church, a parachurch or missions focused organization, and large churches. It will assist them with how they look at their ministry, and the level of support that is needed for their particular setting.

A call to ministry is an important thing to understand for an administrative assistant; your heart and the way you deal with people and tasks are different if you understand your position as a call to ministry rather than a job for a paycheck. If you understand that you represent not just your pastor and your church, but Christ to every person who calls, stops by, e-mails, etc., you approach your tasks and people differently. Working as the assistant to a pastor, or any person in ministry, you have to approach your tasks with an understanding of who you are serving, and you are serving Christ and his people.

The position of Administrative Assistant is a vital part of the over-all ministry of your church and the congregation. You are the gate-keeper, bridge-builder, keeper of the "information," soother of wounded feelings, and the deliverer of unwanted news. You are the person who has your finger on the pulse of your congregation and your community. You are the person people will come to for answers. You will handle thousands of details related to dozens of different projects and commitments for your pastor. You will help make your pastor's ministry seamless.

While all of these descriptions may make your head spin, this is a part of the ministry of being an assistant. You can look at each day as a challenge or an adventure. If you understand your job as a ministry and understand your call to this ministry you are ready for a great adventure. Begin each day with a prayer for wisdom and strength, surrender your mind and will to God, and prepare yourself to work with the heart of a servant.

As Christ walks alongside you in your daily life, you will learn to walk along side your pastor and to be a partner in their ministry.

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Moses In the Footsteps of The Reluctant Prophet hardback book

Moses In the Footsteps of The Reluctant Prophet hardback book
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Retrace the life of Moses from his modest birth and rescue as a baby to the courts of Pharaoh, from herding flocks in Midian to leading his people out of Egypt.

Join Adam Hamilton as he travels from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea and the wilderness exploring the sites of Moses' life. Using historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text, Hamilton guides us in the footsteps of this reluctant prophet who grew in his relationship with God and by the end of life had successfully fulfilled the role he was given.

Turn your own reluctance into boldness as you examine the significant challenges facing Moses and how God shaped his character and life in powerful ways.

Additional components for a six-week study include a comprehensive Leader Guide and a DVD featuring author and pastor Adam Hamilton. For a church-wide study, youth and children resources are also available.

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Moses Large Print: In the Footsteps of The Reluctant Prophet

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Retrace the life of Moses from his modest birth and rescue as a baby to the courts of Pharaoh, from herding flocks in Midian to leading his people out of Egypt.

Join Adam Hamilton as he travels from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea and the wilderness exploring the sites of Moses' life. Using historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text, Hamilton guides us in the footsteps of this reluctant prophet who grew in his relationship with God and by the end of life had successfully fulfilled the role he was given.

Turn your own reluctance into boldness as you examine the significant challenges facing Moses and how God shaped his character and life in powerful ways.

Additional components for a six-week study include a comprehensive Leader Guide and a DVD featuring author and pastor Adam Hamilton. For a church-wide study, youth and children resources are also available.

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Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet - 7 CD Sermon Series

Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet - 7 CD Sermon Series
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Through original video clips filmed on location in Egypt – including the pyramids, Luxor, the Nile River delta and the Sinai wilderness – this seven part sermon series attempts to let you encounter the places where the story of Moses and the Exodus took place. Each sermon explores how the remarkable story of Moses continues to speak to our lives today. Experience this exploration of the footsteps of Moses!

August 14, 2016 - A Fearful Pharaoh, Four Courageous Women and God’s Providence
August 21, 2016 - A Burning Bush, a Reluctant Prophet
August 28, 2016 - The Exodus
September 4, 2016 - The God Who Lived in a Tent (Jeff Kirby)
September 11, 2016 - The Ten Commandments
September 18, 2016 - Lessons from the Wilderness
September 25, 2016 - Don’t Forget... Pass It On

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Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet - 7 DVD Sermon Series

Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet - 7 DVD Sermon Series
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Through original video clips filmed on location in Egypt – including the pyramids, Luxor, the Nile River delta and the Sinai wilderness – this seven part sermon series attempts to let you encounter the places where the story of Moses and the Exodus took place. Each sermon explores how the remarkable story of Moses continues to speak to our lives today. Experience this exploration of the footsteps of Moses!

August 14, 2016 - A Fearful Pharaoh, Four Courageous Women and God’s Providence
August 21, 2016 - A Burning Bush, a Reluctant Prophet
August 28, 2016 - The Exodus
September 4, 2016 - The God Who Lived in a Tent (Jeff Kirby)
September 11, 2016 - The Ten Commandments
September 18, 2016 - Lessons from the Wilderness
September 25, 2016 - Don’t Forget... Pass It On

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Next Door - The Art of Neighboring - 3 CD Sermon Series

Next Door - The Art of Neighboring - 3 CD Sermon Series
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What if Jesus actually meant what he said, when he invites us to love our neighbors? What does this look like? Who are your neighbors? Do you know them? Do you love them? Wherever you live, whatever you do, you are a neighbor to someone. This three-week series of sermon messages from Pastor Scott Chrostek of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Downtown campus explores the “Art of Neighboring” and dives deep into what it looks like to transform the world by simply becoming a good neighbor. 

July 24, 2016 - What if Jesus Really Meant What He Said?
July 31, 2016 - The Power of Invitation and Interruption
August 7, 2016 - Seeing and Being Seen

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Next Door - The Art of Neighboring - 3 DVD Sermon Series

Next Door - The Art of Neighboring - 3 DVD Sermon Series
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What if Jesus actually meant what he said, when he invites us to love our neighbors? What does this look like? Who are your neighbors? Do you know them? Do you love them? Wherever you live, whatever you do, you are a neighbor to someone. This three-week series of sermon messages from Pastor Scott Chrostek of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Downtown campus explores the “Art of Neighboring” and dives deep into what it looks like to transform the world by simply becoming a good neighbor. 

July 24, 2016 - What if Jesus Really Meant What He Said?
July 31, 2016 - The Power of Invitation and Interruption
August 7, 2016 - Seeing and Being Seen

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Not a Silent Night DVD: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem

Not a Silent Night DVD: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem
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Imagine Jesus from Mary’s point-of-view—proud of her son, in awe of his gifts and mission, guided by love for him as a person and so much more. Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable, Mary’s beautiful baby. This year, experience Advent and Christmas with Mary.  

This DVD, meant for group use along with Adam Hamilton’s book Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem, brings Hamilton and his dynamic teaching style into the group. The DVD presents five videos of about 10 minutes each, one for each book chapter. The videos are based on the book chapter topics:

1. Beginning with the End 
2. The Piercing of Mary’s Soul 
3. Amazed, Astounded, and Astonished 
4. Mary, Full of Grace 
5. It Was Not a Silent Night

All video sessions are closed captioned

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Not a Silent Night Large Print Edition

Not a Silent Night Large Print Edition
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Large Print Edition.

Imagine Jesus from Mary’s point-of-view—proud of her son, in awe of his gifts and mission, guided by love for him as a person and so much more. In this book, Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable, Mary’s beautiful baby. This year, experience Advent and Christmas with Mary.

The five sessions are:

1. Beginning with the End
2. The Piercing of Mary’s Soul
3. Amazed, Astounded, and Astonished
4. Mary, Full of Grace
5. It Was Not a Silent Night

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Not a Silent Night Leader Guide: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem

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Imagine Jesus from Mary's point-of-view--proud of her son, in awe of his gifts and mission, guided by love for him as a person and so much more. Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable, Mary's beautiful baby. This year, experience Advent and Christmas with Mary.

This leader guide is designed for group use, along with Adam Hamilton's book and DVDNot a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem. The leader guide includes everything a group leader needs to facilitate sessions and tailor them to the time and style of each group. The five sessions are based on the book and DVD topics:

1. Beginning with the End
2. The Piercing of Mary's Soul
3. Amazed, Astounded, and Astonished
4. Mary, Full of Grace
5. It Was Not a Silent Night

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Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem book

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem book
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Imagine Jesus from Mary's point of view--proud of her son, in awe of his gifts and mission, guided by love for him as a person and so much more. In this book, Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable, Mary's beautiful baby. This year, experience Advent and Christmas with Mary.

The five sessions are:

1. Beginning with the End
2. The Piercing of Mary's Soul
3. Amazed, Astounded, and Astonished
4. Mary, Full of Grace
5. It Was Not a Silent Night

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Ordinary - 2 Sermon CD Set

Ordinary -  2 Sermon CD Set
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We celebrate God’s majesty on the mountaintops and draw upon God’s strength in tragedy, but most of our life is spent somewhere between the extremes. How can we live our daily lives filled with God’s power and presence? How do we find God in our day-to-day situations?

     October 8, 2017 Quo tid i an: of or occuring every day; daily

     October 15, 2017 Omne Sanctum: Everything is Holy

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Ordinary - 2 Sermon DVD Set

Ordinary - 2 Sermon DVD Set
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We celebrate God’s majesty on the mountaintops and draw upon God’s strength in tragedy, but most of our life is spent somewhere between the extremes. How can we live our daily lives filled with God’s power and presence? How do we find God in our day-to-day situations?  Scott Chrostek leads us to explore these questions and more.

     October 8, 2017 Quo tid i an: of or occuring every day; daily

     October 15, 2017 Omne Sanctum: Everything is Holy

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Prayer as Jesus Taught Us CD 6 part Sermon Series

Prayer as Jesus Taught Us CD 6 part Sermon Series
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In a recent survey, 80 percent of Americans say they have prayed at one time. Yet, we struggle with prayer. Does God hear us? Is God tired of our pleas? Do our words seem superficial? Does prayer matter? How do we pray?

     August 19, 2018          This Then Is How You Should Pray

     August 26, 2018          Whose Will Be Done?

     September 2, 2018      Our Daily Bread

     September 9. 2018      Forgive...As We Forgive

     September 16, 2018    Lead Us...Deliver Us

     September 23, 2018    For THINE is the Kingdom, Power and Glory

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Prayer as Jesus Taught Us DVD 6 part Sermon Series

Prayer as Jesus Taught Us DVD 6 part Sermon Series
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In a recent survey, 80 percent of Americans say they have prayed at one time. Yet, we struggle with prayer. Does God hear us? Is God tired of our pleas? Do our words seem superficial? Does prayer matter? How do we pray?

     August 19, 2018          This Then Is How You Should Pray

     August 26, 2018          Whose Will Be Done?

     September 2, 2018      Our Daily Bread

     September 9. 2018      Forgive...As We Forgive

     September 16, 2018    Lead Us...Deliver Us

     September 23, 2018    For THINE is the Kingdom, Power and Glory

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Preparing the Way for Christmas CD 5 Part Sermon Series

Preparing the Way for Christmas CD 5 Part Sermon Series
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For 2,000 years Christians have turned to the story and message of John the Baptist in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In each of the Gospels, the story of Jesus is intertwined with his cousin John, the one whom the prophets foretold would come to “prepare the way of the Lord.”

     December 2, 2018       A People Prepared for the Lord

     December 9, 2018      God is Gracious

     December 16, 2018     The Fruit of Repentance

     December 23, 2018       Witnesses, Testifying to the Light

     December 30, 2018     Counting the Cost of Christmas 

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Preparing the Way for Christmas DVD 5 Part Sermon Series

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For 2,000 years Christians have turned to the story and message of John the Baptist in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In each of the Gospels, the story of Jesus is intertwined with his cousin John, the one whom the prophets foretold would come to “prepare the way of the Lord.”

     December 2, 2018       A People Prepared for the Lord

     December 9, 2018      God is Gracious

     December 16, 2018     The Fruit of Repentance

     December 23, 2018       Witnesses, Testifying to the Light

     December 30, 2018     Counting the Cost of Christmas      

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Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity

Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity
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Pastors and other church leaders often feel ill-equipped in the critical area of stewardship and giving. Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity fills that need by offering a comprehensive course in church stewardship for the pastor, stewardship leader, or seminarian. Author Clayton Smith gives clear instructions for the organization and implementation of annual campaigns, planned giving programs, memorial gifts, and much more. He offers an extraordinary depth and breadth of practical information along with the wisdom that comes with decades of real church leadership experience. "Every pastor should have a copy of Propel readily at hand all year long. It is as complete a guide to all phases of Christian financial stewardship as exists today. I highly recommend it because of the excellent content but also because of the author. Clayton Smith has been a student of financial stewardship all his life. I am thrilled that now others may learn from him. I wish I had this book forty years ago when I started out. Propel will make a difference in your ministry!" --J. Clif Christopher, President and CEO, Horizons Stewardship Company "As leaders, we often know we must do something differently, but we are not sure what or how. Clayton Smith propels us forward. This amazing resource identifies the many wayswe can lead our congregations into a bright future. Smith's strategies and methods for generosity apply to every church leader, any size church, and all denominations. This is more than a stewardship or finance book. It helps build a culture in which Christians can become the generous people they are intended to be." --Donald W. Joiner, Director of Operations and Stewardship, General Board of Discipleship "Propel demystifies the practices of generosity and stewardship in local congregations. It is both a scholarly guide for pastors and a detailed handbook for lay leaders. Smith covers giving of all varieties and offers proven techniques that work in churches of all sizes and contexts. Propel is a valuable guide for every leader, clergy or lay, who sees generosity as an inescapable element of Christian discipleship." --Byrd L. Bonner, AIF, President, United Methodist Church Foundation "Clayton Smith in his wonderful book Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity, describes six different ways to help people grow in their giving." --Margaret Marcuson, Marcuson Leadership Circle

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Pursuit: Living Fully in Pursuit of God's Presence

Pursuit: Living Fully in Pursuit of God's Presence
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Many of us lead quiet lives of desperation. Longing for purpose, we look to the material world--jobs, money and belongings--to secure meaning for ourselves. Instead we only perpetuate the feeling that a full and significant life is beyond our grasp.Can you relate to this?You are not alone. Through story and Scripture, author Scott Chrostek takes us on a pilgrimage to explore the true meaning and purpose of our existence. Pursuit challenges us to participate fully in God's mission in the world. To do so, we live counter-intuitively--by committing everything we have to God and others, we actually reclaim our freedom and identity.Are you ready to find life? Let the pursuit begin.
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Recruiting Volunteers

Recruiting Volunteers
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The Abingdon-Church of the Resurrection Ministry Guides are the first choice for recruiting, motivating, and developing lay leadership for specialized ministries from A to Z—from adult ministries to ushering. Each inexpensive, 64-page Guide brings together Church of the Resurrection’s can-do attitude with Abingdon Press’s ministry of empowering church leaders. The result is a series that is user-friendly, encouraging, and most important, practical. The passion to help churches experience how many things they can do to encourage participation drives these Ministry Guides.

Each Guide is concise, conversational, and current, full of ideas you’ll be able to implement immediately, with little or no budget. Recognizing that volunteers are busy people who work hard, the Guides will be the first place to turn when you’re new to a topic, to help you feel empowered, prepare quickly, and get up and running with confidence and creativity. You’ll find eye-catching icons and features that help you move directly to practical, fun, and effective solutions.

An excerpt from the Circuit Rider review: "This little guide, another in the series out of The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood Kansas, will be helpful to churches large, medium and small desiring to develop and expand lay participation in all aspects of congregational life and work. Dan Entwistle, managing executive director for programs and ministries at The Church of the Resurrection, writes out of years of experience in recruiting, training and deploying laypeople for ministry. His book will be no less valuable to UMM and UMW units, campus ministries, conference and district staff and church-related non-profits."

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Resurrection Window: Vision, Creation, Mission

Resurrection Window: Vision, Creation, Mission
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For more than 2.000 years, the interaction of light and color in stained glass has told sacred stories and created a sense of reverence, wonder and awe for worshippers. This is the story of one such interaction, but this one is of profound size—The Resurrection Window, a magnificent work of art that combines techniques from the seventh century with the technology of the twenty-first century.  

This book details the journey of this two year-long effort. Using vivid narrative and hundreds of detailed, richly colored images, The Resurrection Window: Vision, Creation, Mission follows the making of the 100-foot-wide stained glass masterpiece . . . from concept to its installation as the focal point of the sanctuary of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

From the sanctuary’s soaring roofline, to the generous use of native limestone and natural wood, to the symbolism of the building’s striking exterior, the book explores how every element in the innovative design provides a most-appropriate setting for the breathtaking window.

We invite you to enter this story. Meet the collaborative visionaries, learn of the design process, see the development of innovative glass techniques, and discover how an interplay of story, color, and light can transport you into the presence of God.

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Revival DVD: Faith as Wesley Lived It

Revival DVD: Faith as Wesley Lived It
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Join Adam Hamilton for a six-week journey as he travels to England, following the life of John Wesley and exploring his defining characteristics of a Wesleyan Christian. Wesley's story is our story. It defines our faith and it challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion.

This six-session DVD features Adam Hamilton guiding us through a six-week Bible study tracing the life of John Wesley throughout England. This study will deepen people's faith by calling them to a devout and holy life while defining what the Christian life looks like through the eyes of a Wesleyan Christian.

All video sessions are closed captioned and run approximately 10-15 minutes each. All sessions are closed captioned.

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Revival Faith as Wesley Lived It - 6 CD Set

Revival Faith as Wesley Lived It - 6 CD Set
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Society was polarized in the 1700's. Rationalism had led people to believe they no longer needed God. The rich struggled with materialism and the poor with lack of necessities. It was at just that time that an Anglican priest and professor at Oxford named John Wesley came to trust in Christ. He preached a faith that would bring a revival of Christianity throughout the British Isles and across America. Wesley's message and his faith continue to speak to 21st Century Christians. This six part sermon series calls for a revival of our hearts and souls so that our lives and our world might be changed.

August 18, 2013 - Precursors to Revival
August 25, 2013 - A Longing for Holiness
September 1, 2013 - A Crisis of Faith
September 8, 2013 - Preaching and Pursuing Grace
September 15, 2013 - Sanctification: Perfected in Love
September 22, 2013 - The Latter Years

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Revival Leader Guide: Faith as Wesley Lived It

Revival Leader Guide: Faith as Wesley Lived It
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Join Adam Hamilton for a six-week journey as he travels to England, following the life of John Wesley and exploring his defining characteristics of a Wesleyan Christian. Wesley's story is our story. It defines our faith and it challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion. The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the Revival Bible study program. Includes session plans and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.
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Revival Youth Study Book: Faith as Wesley Lived It

Revival Youth Study Book: Faith as Wesley Lived It
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Join Adam Hamilton for a six-week journey as he travels to England, following the life of John Wesley and exploring his defining characteristics of a Wesleyan Christian. Wesley's story is our story. It defines our faith and it challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion.

Everything needed to conduct a six-week study and help youth grades 6-12 define what the Christian life looks like through the eyes of a Wesleyan Christian. Can be used with the adult-level DVD.

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