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Discipleship Ministries, formerly known as the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), is one of 13 international agencies, boards, and commissions of The United Methodist Church. Discipleship Ministries has the primary responsibility for the support of receiving, nurturing, and caring ministries of congregations in The United Methodist Church in the areas of Christian education, worship, music, evangelism, new church development, stewardship, lay leadership development, age-level (children, youth, adult) and family ministries, small-group ministries, ethnic local church concerns, devotional life, spiritual formation, and other areas related to the lives of people, church leaders, and the ministries of congregations.


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Meditation on Baptism
Speaker(s):  Calvin McConnell
Date of Recording:  1985


Description:   Bishop Calvin McConnell presents the Monday evening meditation at the 1985 United Methodist Conference on Ministry with Children. The event was called "Focus." Here, he explains the significance of baptism while relating the story of picking up a hitchhiker in Boulder, Colorado; and being required to learn Latin while in High School. He talks about baptism as "choosing the gift of God to be recreated" and "as a way to plug-in and be alive." McConnell was elected a bishop in the United Methodist Church in 1980.
Length:  20:23