The Methodist Way

The Methodist Way refers to a five-piece disciple-making process to which every congregation is called. The five pieces, or pillars, are radical hospitality, passionate worship, “salty” service,  intentional discipling, and extravagant generosity. They were used to help spread the Methodist movement across England and the United States in the 18th century.

Each Pillar has its roots both in the church’s Wesleyan heritage and in the example of Jesus Christ. Each pillar is also essential in making disciples of Jesus Christ — just doing one, two or three is not enough.
Radical Hospitality
Churches that practice radical hospitality sense a calling and responsibility to pray, plan, and work to invite others and to help them feel welcome and to support them in their faith journeys. Out of genuine love for Christ and for others, their members, staff and pastors take the initiative to invite, welcome, include, and support newcomers and help them grow in faith as they become part of the body of Christ.
Passionate Worship
Worship should express our devotion, our honor and love of God. Passionate describes an intense desire, an ardent spirit, strong feelings, and the sense of heightened importance. Whether traditional, blended, or contemporary, Passionate Worship is authentic, connecting, and sustaining.
Salty Service
Salty Service connects the lives of disciples with the ongoing work of Jesus Christ in the world. It occurs when we give over our hands, feet, time, and heart to Jesus, to accomplish his work of love and invitation, making his rule visible and tangible in our world. Salty Service strives to answer to the question, “How is Christ calling us to bless our community and the world?
Intentional Discipling
Learning in community replicates the way Jesus deliberately taught his disciples. People cannot learn grace, forgiveness, patience, gentleness, or joy, simply by reading about. These are aspects of spiritual formation that one learns in community, through intentional engagement. The sanctifying presence of God’s spirit works through these practices to help us grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of God.
Extravagant Generosity

Extravagant Generosity describes practices of sharing and giving that exceed all expectations and extend to unexpected measures. It describes lavish sharing, sacrifice, and giving in service to God and neighbor. Every scriptural example of giving is extravagant, and churches that practice Extravagant Generosity teach, preach and practice the tithe. The focus is on the Christian’s need to give because of the giving                        nature of God whom we worship.

The 5 Pillars at Cason United Methodist Church

When Cason embarked on a period of Discernment and Discovery 2 years ago, we chose to structure our strategic planning process using the Methodist Way and created a detailed plan for each of the five pillars.  The plan was approved in 2018 and the initiatives are being carried out and progress closely tracked. The leaders and participants of the many missions and ministries of Cason a were divided into 5 “Pillar Groups”. These groups reviewed the proposed initiatives from the Discovery process and prioritized those we would focus on in 2019.

For more information about the Discovery Process or the Leadership Council here at Cason, please email Emily Popolizio  or Tricia Foreman