THE BISHOP'S 2017 LENTEN STUDY
Bishop Michael McKee invites all members of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church to join together this Lenten season for Walking Together, a devotional program designed to support two initiatives of the Zip Code Connection: a faith-based business incubator in South Dallas Fair Park and hands-on economic development work in Clarksville/Red River County.
Bishop McKee hopes that each congregation in the North Texas Conference will participate in this daily study throughout Lent. Sessions are designed to be completed in under five minutes, and our combined sacrifice will help to make possible our goal of eradicating poverty in these two North Texas communities.
Bishop McKee asks that a representative from every church in the conference take on the responsibility of communicating this initiative to their congregation.
WALKING TOGETHER COMPONENTS
- An invitation video from Bishop Michael McKee to be shown in worship, included in congregational emails, or posted on church-owned websites/social media.
- A 40-day Lenten devotional guide, featuring stories from our neighbors in the two communities served by the Zip Code Connection: South Dallas Fair Park and Clarksville/Red River County.
- Short-form videos to support many of the daily devotionals.
- Prompts and discussion questions for use individually or in small groups.
- An opportunity to subscribe to daily devotional emails.
- Daily Facebook content.
- Templates for communicating Walking Together with your congregation.
In Walking Together, Bishop McKee asks all members of the North Texas Conference to devote one hour of salary or wage each week during Lent to support our neighbors as they work to create new jobs and economic opportunity in their zip codes. For example, a congregant earning $20 per hour would be asked to contribute at least $20 per week for six weeks, or $120.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
- Participants may make direct contributions using the online giving tools at walkingtogetherntc.org. NTCUMC churches will receive records of these gifts at the conclusion of the study.
- Participants may make a designated gift to a NTCUMC church (to Walking Together, Bishop's Lenten Study, Zip Code Connection or similar).