Core Compentencies

The mission of the Church 
is to make disciples of Jesus Christ 
for the transformation of the world.
The United Methodist Book of Discipline    Paragraph 120

Here at Asbury UMC in Harrington, Delaware
everything we do is focused on 
making disciples of Jesus Christ.

How do we do make disciples?
By sticking to the basic core compentencies.
Look at our budget, calendar, programs, and staffing.
We devote our resources,
all of our time, tallent, and treasures,
to help our people become skilled
in these six areas:

Bible,  Prayers,  Presence,
Gifts,  Service,   Witness


Bible
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.    2 Timothy 2:15 (NRSV)

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.   2 Timothy 3:16-17  (NRSV)

We believe that Christian Education is more than just knowledge about the Bible.  Christian Education means having a personal, forgiven relationship with God through Jesus Christ AND growing that relationship by studying the Bible with other Christians.  We have learned that the best way to nurture strong disciples is in the context of small groups.  In small groups we experience God's love more deeply because of the support and accountability of other Christians.  That's why we have a Sunday School for all ages, encourage the formation of small group Bible Studies, and sponsor all kinds of educational programs here at Asbury.  Like the founder of the Methodist Movement, John Wesley, we are a people of one book.  

To learn more about what United Methodists believe about the Bible please visit this resource


Prayers
And this is the boldness we have in him, 
that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  
1 John 5:14  (NRSV)

He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.”
Luke 11:2-4  (NRSV)

Prayer is talking with God.  It is just that simple.   
We encourage our people to pray and be devoted to prayer because we know that prayer unlocks the power of God to change lives and defeat enemies.  We gather together on Sunday to worship the Lord and we believe our time together in worship is itself a form of prayer.  

To learn more about what United Methodists believe about prayer please visit this resource




Presence
Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.  Hebrews 10:25 (CEB)

For where two or three are gathered in my name, 
I am there among them.  Matthew 18:20 (NRSV)

Presence means more than just showing up at church on Sunday.  It means working on your relationships with God and with other Christians.  We are one in the bond of love.  Psychology calls our emotional and mental attachments "Social Bonds".  That's real.  God made us to be bonded to each other.  In fact, our conscience and moral maturity levels are directly affected by our relationships.  It only makes sense that in order to become stronger Christian disciples we need to nurture the friendships we have together.  Another good word that describes this dynamic is called fellowship.  We need one another in order to be successful as Christians.   Here at Asbury we have found that when our people commit to one of our small groups that something wonderful happens: support, accountability, faith, hope, and love.     

To learn more about what we believe about Small Groups please visit this resource



Gifts
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.  1 Peter 4:10  (NRSV)

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. Malachi 3:10 ESV 

Every time we take an offering at Asbury, I lift up my hands in praise.  Let me tell you why.
I'm grateful for all that God is doing here.  I'm honored to be able to give.  And I know that when we all give generously, God adds his blessing and power.  Then amazing things happen.
God takes the little bit we surrender and uses that to change lives, heal hurts, and set captives free.  That's worth getting excited about!

The meaning of Stewardship is that everything belongs to God and we have the honor of being entrusted to use his gifts to help others.   We teach our people to be good stewards of our time, tallent, and treasure because we love Jesus and we are grateful.

To learn more about what United Methodists believe about stewardship please visit 





Service
Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.  Matthew 20:26-28 (NRSV)

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.  Ephesians 4:11-13 (NRSV)


Service is anything we do to build up other Christians in the body of Christ.  In the original language of the New Testament the word διακονία (diakonia) is translated as service or ministry.  In Ephesians 4:11 the word is used to describe how disciples are gifted and called to help one another grow in faith.  Maybe you are a gifted teacher, or you know how to provide support behind the scenes.  Perhaps you are detail oriented and can help with administrative needs in the church.  Whatever your abilities are, you are needed at Asbury United Methodist Church.  God has called us all to follow Jesus who is our best example of a Servant Leader.



Witness
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

1 Peter 3:15 (NRSV)
Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you.


Witness is anything we do to influence others for Jesus Christ beyond the church, in the world.  In the original language of the New Testament the word συμμαρτυρέω (summartureo)
is translated to testify or bear witness.  This isn't just what you do in front of a court room.  It is also the effect you have on family, friends, and people you see at work when you live a Christian life.  At Asbury we teach people how to share their faith with words.  We also encourage our members to make a difference in the world by standing up for the last, the lost, and the least.  Every mission activity at Asbury Church is a witness.  We are called "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8).

To learn more about what we believe about Witness and Mission please visit this resource

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