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Growing in Grace: Intentional Discipleship System and Community Engagement

February 3 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm EST

The Heritage and Greater Southwest Districts are pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Scott Hughes and Rev. Bryan Tener from Discipleship Ministries!

Saturday, February 3, 2024
9:30AM – 3:00PM
Marshall United Methodist Church  (721 Old US Highway 27, Marshall, MI 49068)

Growing in Grace: Designing an Intentional Discipleship System and Community Engagement is a transformative workshop for United Methodist Church leaders in Michigan, aimed at cultivating a robust culture of discipleship. Scheduled from 9:30AM to 3:00PM, this event will guide participants through the theology and practicalities of discipleship formation, grounding in baptism, and community engagement, culminating in the crafting of an Intentional Discipleship System (IDS). Attendees will leave equipped with strategies and structures to nurture discipleship within their congregations.

Don’t miss this FREE event!  REGISTER NOW


Lunch will be sandwich platters from Subway. If you have special dietary needs, please bring your own lunch.

In case of inclement weather, you will be notified by email if the event is cancelled.


Meet the Presenters:

Rev. Bryan Tener, a member of the Cheyenne Arapaho nation and a part of the traditional warrior society, the Bowstrings, through which, he helps with the Sundance ceremony and other ceremonies throughout the Cheyenne year. He graduated from OCU, religion, in 2005 and earned his Masters of Divinity in 2009 from Vanderbilt Divinity School. He has served in the Oklahoma Conference, the OIMC, and Since July of 2019 he has served as the director of contextual evangelism and church planting at Path1 and Discipleship Ministries, a general agency of the UMC. He enjoys Crossfit, is a level 1 trainer and coaches at Koda HQ in his free time and enjoys rucking and does GoRuck and HYROX events when opportunities come up and he has completed mental strength coaching through Driven Mind. Bryan has also completed Level 1 and 2 Improv courses through OKC Improv. He appreciates the crossovers and connections between his work in the church, the gym, and with Improv. He seeks to live out his purpose to make space so that others and self have the opportunity to learn and grow, which feeds into almost any place he finds himself. He and his wife Angela have been married since 1999 and have two sons, Barrett, still at home, and Brady who lives with his wife Mackenzie and their first grandchild, Blakely. They also have a sweet chocolate lab pit mix named Baker.

Rev. Dr. Scott Hughes is currently the Associate General Secretary (World Service) for Discipleship Ministries. Scott served as the Director of Adult Discipleship and the Executive Director of Congregational Vitality & Intentional Discipleship. Scott was an Associate Pastor at Douglasville FUMC for nine years and Pastor at Barnesville Circuit for four years. Holding a M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Southern Methodist University, Scott is an ordained Elder in the North Georgia Conference since 2007. He’s a key contributor to the “Small Groups in the Wesleyan Way” podcast and creator of online courses like “Basics of Faith Formation” and “Courageous Conversations” series. His expertise extends to training in small groups and Intentional Discipleship Systems. Based in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, Scott enjoys almost 25 years of marriage and is a father to two sons, aged 20 and 18. He’s also a passionate photographer, focusing on landscapes and high school sports.



9:00 AM          Registration and Coffee
9:30 AM          Opening and Invocation
9:45 AM          Discipleship Formation
10:45 AM        Morning Break
11:00 AM        Cultivating a Discipleship Culture
11:30 AM        Crafting an Intentional Discipleship System (IDS)
12:00 PM         Lunch Break
12:30 PM         Crafting an Intentional Discipleship System (IDS)
1:15 PM           Afternoon Break
1:30 PM           Engaging Your Community
2:15 PM           Listening Well
2:45 PM           Workshop Wrap-up
3:00 PM           Conclusion


February 3
9:30 am - 3:00 pm EST
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Marshall United Methodist Church
721 Old US Highway 27
Marshall, MI 49068 United States
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