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The Discipleship Task Force's NIC Book Club was created to encourage conference-wide book discussions to nurture our spirit in growing as disciples of Jesus Christ. Suggested readings will be offered. Participants are welcome to read and reflect individually or join a group discussion. Group discussions will be held in-person and via Zoom when appropriate.


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Up Next - Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness by Junius Dotson

Soul Reset is a call for the church and all of Jesus’ disciples to reset and reorder their lives around spiritual practices, to learn to walk through our difficult seasons with our souls connected to the source of Living Water so that we don’t burn out or break down. And if we do burn out or break down, we learn to lift one another up and point one another back to Jesus.

Everything was going fine . . . until it wasn’t. For Reverend Junius B. Dotson it took an actual breakdown during a funeral for him to realize he needed a reset. As he recalls his own journey through grief, depression, burnout, and emotional breakdown, Dotson is passionate about calling for a Soul Reset for pastors, church leaders, and all disciples of Jesus Christ.

This is a 6-week churchwide study for everyone who moves at breakneck speed through their daily lives, often relying only on their own strength to bring God’s kingdom on earth. Jesus shows us a different way, an easier, unforced rhythm of what kingdom work looks like. It’s a balance of work, rest, play, worship, exercise, and eating well—spiritual practices that keep our souls hydrated and healthy as we do the work of the church in the world.

Stay tuned for more information or email DiscipleshipTF@umcnic.org.


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Lent 2022 Book Choice - Kneeling with Giants by Gary Neal Hansen

What kind of experience do you have in your prayer life?  Is it full of joy or does it fall flat?  Gary Neal Hansen, author of our first selection for the NIC Book Club, suggests if your experience is the latter, conceivably you haven’t found a prayer method that you really connect with.  In his book, Kneeling with Giants, he offers a wide range of approaches to prayer that are all classics.  What better time than Lent to search out a deeper relationship with the God who so loved the world…? 

The Northern Illinois Conference Discipleship Task Force presents a four part series of book club discussions with "Kneeling with Giants - Learning to Pray with History's Best Teachers" author Gary Neal Hansen. These videos may be downloaded here and used in your own book club.

Access the NIC Kneeling with Giants Video Recordings

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