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May 20, 2016

The UMRC is here to help support your church in its various ministries!  Please forward this newsletter to church leaders and Sunday school teachers in your church.


There is no rental fee to borrow these items; the only cost to churches is to mail resources back.


 The UMRC is located in the United Methodist Center in Springfield.
If you're here for a meeting during the week, come in and look around!
        Contact me in advance and I'll have resources ready for you to pick up.  

The UMRC has a wide variety of materials for teachers of
adult, youth, and children's classes!
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments; my contact information is listed below, near my signature.
Empowered by His Spirit
Empowered By His Presence: Receiving the Strength You Need Each Day  
In this four-session DVD study, Kevin Harney explores surprising and God-given sources of strength.  Segments:  1) Introduction (3 min.);  Session 1: Experiencing God's presence in suffering, loss, and pain (10 min.);  Session 2: Encountering God in the community of His people (9 min.);  Session 3: Empowered for the journey by receiving God's rest (11 min.);  Session 4: Propelled onward by the call and mission of God (9 min.).  Includes paperback book which includes a discussion guide.  An expanded discussion guide is available at

Simplify: Unclutter Your Soul
In this four-session DVD study, Bill Hybels discusses how to stop living at a frantic pace and begin charting a new course toward satisfaction, purpose, and significance.  Sessions:  1) Streamline your schedule -- who do you want to become? (18 min.);  2) Spend wisely -- being satisfied with job and money (25 min.);  3) Strengthen your relationships -- conversations that simplify life (26 min.);  4) Fully surrender -- let God's Word lead (17 min.).  Includes guide.

Let Hope In
Let Hope In 
In this six-session DVD study, Pete Wilson discusses the hope we receive from God.  We no longer have to be bound or hindered by regrets and shame; we can know and experience hope.  And that hope can transform us on a daily basis.  Sessions:  1) Hope needed;  2) Hope found;  3) Hope personified;  4) Hope expressed;  5) Hope renewed;  6) Hope shared.  DVD segments are 8 - 11 minutes long.  Includes sample small group member book, which includes notes for the leader.

Discussing Mere Christianity: Exploring the History, Meaning, and Relevance of C. S. Lewis's Greatest Book
Discussing Mere Christianity #104075
In this eight-session DVD study, host Eric Metaxas and a variety of Christian authors and scholars help us understand the timeless message of C. S. Lewis in fresh ways for a new generation.  Sessions:  1) Our sense of right and wrong (22 min.);  2) What's behind our sense of right and wrong (20 min.);  3) The rival conceptions of God (19 min.);  4) Free will and the shocking alternative (22 min.);  5) Christian behavior and the great sin of pride (21 min.);  6) The Christian virtue of hope (20 min.);  7) God in three persons (22 min.);  8) Counting the cost (25 min.).  Includes guide.


Mark Your Calendar
The United Media Resource Center will be closed the following dates:
Monday, May 30
August 5 - 21 
Necessary Nine: Things Effective Pastors Do Differently
Necessary Nine #816035
Chapter titles:  Show up and move in;  Listen up and lead with your ears;  Adopt a bias for action;  Get spiritual;  Get grouped and grounded;  Speak the truth with determined patience;  Lead up and manage down;  Preach and worship well;  Have some fun.  Two traits of effective congregations -- 1) They get it;  2) They are permission-giving partners.

Emotional Intelligence of Jesus: Relational Smarts for Religious Leaders
Emotional Intelligence of Jesus #816092
Authors Roy Oswald and Arland Jacobson discuss the emotional intelligence of Jesus, exploring the ways he related to a diverse array of people, then show how these lessons can enrich the ministry of faith leaders today.  Chapter titles:  What is emotional intelligence?;  The emotional intelligence of Jesus;  Self-awareness and Jesus;  Empathy and Jesus;  Assertiveness and Jesus;  Optimism and Jesus;  Stress resilience and Jesus;  Loving one's enemies and Jesus;  Forgiveness and Jesus;  The emotionally intelligent congregation;  The emotionally intelligent pastor;  Implications for transition points in ministry.

I Will!  Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian
I Will #816020
Chapter titles:  I will move from 'I am' to 'I will';  I will worship with others;  I will grow together with others;  I will serve;  I will go;  I will give generously;  I will not be a church dropout;  I will avoid the traps of Christianity;  I will make a difference.

10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church
#815128 10 Prescriptions
Chapters:  Mission and Vision;  Hospitality;  The worship experience;  Community connection;  Intentional faith development;  Connection process;  Leadership development;  Strategic ministry planning;  Simplified, accountable structure;  Staff evaluation and alignment.  A copy of the companion workbook is also included.

Lead Like Wesley: Help for Today's Ministry Servants
#816093 Lead Like Wesley
Author Mark Gorveatte offers a guided tour of foundational leadership principles gleaned from the wealth of John Wesley's wisdom and experience.  Chapter titles:  Lead diligently;  Lead urgently;  Lead positively;  Lead candidly;  Lead responsibly;  Lead humbly;  Lead boldly;  Lead consistently;  Lead accountably;  Lead purposefully;  Wesley's Twelve Rules of a Helper;  Who are Methodists?  A leader's guide is available at
If you have questions or wish to request resources, please contact me at 217-529-2744 (phone), 217-529-4155 (fax), or [email protected] (e-mail).


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Jill D. Stone, Director
United Media Resource Center