Andrew Thompson teaching at the TN Annual Conference on June 10 2014My annual conference road show continued this week at the Tennessee Annual Conference at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, TN. I taught a session on ‘Equipping’ for Discipleship as a part of Bishop Bill McAlilly’s four-part teaching series covering the themes of:

Discover | Equip | Connect | Send

The spirit both in Brentwood this week and in Paducah, KY, last week at the Memphis Annual Conference has been wonderful. Indeed, it seems the Holy Spirit is at work amongst the folks of these two conferences. It is also tremendous to see how much the annual conference sessions seem geared toward making conference a real means of grace. (The difference between how annual conferences are run now compared to those of my early years in ministry is remarkable.)

The great tech crew at the Tennessee Conference have already uploaded the teaching session I led. For anyone interested, here’s the link (w/ my part starting at about the 14:45 mark):

I’m trying to capture something of the scope of engaged discipleship in a Wesleyan framework in this session. Within Wesleyan spirituality, we can never separate what we are doing as disciples of Jesus Christ (including how we’re being equipped!) from what it means to grow in holiness of heart & life. That means that discipleship is really about sanctification—how our hearts are being transformed by God’s┬álove and how our spiritual gifts are being cultivated towards real fruitfulness.

Feel free to leave comments or questions below. The material here is part of what I think is of most importance in the life of the church today. I’d love to hear your thoughts, too.