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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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Fall 2022 Study - Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness by Junius Dotson

The Discipleship Task Force is excited about the Fall 2022 NIC Book Club selection, Soul Reset by the late Junius Dotson!
Rev Dotson spoke at one of our Laity Convocations and also led the Bible Study for our Annual Conference.   
Here Junius Dotson tells his story, and here is how this study works for congregations.

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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 book speaks to many of us!  Methodists are doers, not hearers only.  We tend to be busy.  It is a good thing to be about our Father’s work.  But maybe we need to begin by listening to our Creator to get our priorities straight.  Then we can live as truly whole people.  As Jesus said, “Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:30 The Message)

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.

Please join us in reading Soul Reset this fall.  You may read it on your own, gather a small group of your own together, or join one of the opportunities in place.  Copies may be purchased at Cokesbury,  Upper Room, Amazon, or other bookstores.

We look forward to sharing this experience together.

~Karen Bonnell and Rev. Caleb Hong, Co-Chairs of Discipleship Task Force

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If you have any questions, please 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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