[mk_page_section bg_image=”http://www.resources.seedbed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/fire-chairs-e1502983132180.jpg” bg_color=”#0a0a0a” bg_position=”center center” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_stretch=”true” enable_3d=”true” speed_factor=”1″ video_loop=”false” bg_gradient=”left_top” video_color_mask=”#d16c6e” gr_end=”#000000″ video_opacity=”0.5″ min_height=”800″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ top_shape_color=”#ffffff” bottom_shape_color=”#ffffff” sidebar=”sidebar-1″ first_page=”false” last_page=”false”][vc_column][mk_padding_divider size=”200″][mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h4″ color=”#ffffff” size=”46″ force_font_size=”true” font_weight=”bold” font_style=”normal” txt_transform=”uppercase” letter_spacing=”1″ margin_bottom=”0″ font_family=”none” align=”center” animation=”left-to-right” el_class=”proxima”]A Proven Discipleship Model That Works[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h4″ color=”#ffffff” size=”32″ force_font_size=”true” font_weight=”200″ font_style=”normal” txt_transform=”none” margin_bottom=”0″ font_family=”Source+Serif+Pro” font_type=”google” align=”center” animation=”left-to-right”]The Band Meeting is a form of group discipleship that was at the center of one of the greatest gospel movements of all time.[/mk_fancy_title][mk_button dimension=”savvy” corner_style=”rounded” size=”medium” letter_spacing=”5″ url=”https://store.seedbed.com/products/the-band-meeting” nofollow=”true” align=”center” button_custom_width=”450″ margin_top=”50″ margin_bottom=”0″ animation=”scale-up” outline_skin=”custom” outline_active_color=”#d16c6e” outline_active_text_color=”#ffffff” outline_hover_bg_color=”#ffffff” outline_hover_color=”#d16c6e”]ORDER NOW[/mk_button][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][vc_row fullwidth=”true” disable_element=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1509740008647{background-color: #d16c6e !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”30″ letter_spacing=”3″ margin_top=”40″ margin_bottom=”35″ font_family=”none” align=”center” animation=”fade-in”]GET UPDATES[/mk_fancy_title][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][mk_padding_divider size=”33″][mk_button dimension=”outline” size=”medium” letter_spacing=”2″ url=”http://my.leadpages.net/serve-leadbox/141196673f72a2:12936c263b46dc” button_custom_width=”300″ outline_skin=”light”]SIGN ME UP[/mk_button][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][mk_page_section video_loop=”false” bg_gradient=”left_top” sidebar=”sidebar-1″][vc_column][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][mk_fancy_title color=”#515151″ size=”36″ margin_top=”50″ font_family=”Source+Sans+Pro” font_type=”google” align=”center” animation=”left-to-right”]What happens to most small groups?[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#000000″ size=”24″ font_family=”none”]1. Dissolve after a year of gathering[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#000000″ size=”24″ font_family=”none”]2. Turn into fun and fellowship groups[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#000000″ size=”24″ margin_bottom=”5″ font_family=”none”]3. Become community service opportunities[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#515151″ size=”36″ margin_top=”25″ margin_bottom=”75″ font_family=”Source+Sans+Pro” font_type=”google” align=”center” animation=”fade-in”]Few small groups are setup to empower long-term, life transformation.[/mk_fancy_title][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][mk_page_section bg_color=”#cecece” sidebar=”sidebar-1″][vc_column][mk_fancy_title color=”#d16c6e” size=”36″ font_weight=”bold” txt_transform=”uppercase” margin_top=”50″ font_family=”Source+Sans+Pro” font_type=”google” align=”center” animation=”left-to-right”]What makes band meetings different?[/mk_fancy_title][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][mk_padding_divider][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”juicy_pink” background_style=”rounded” align=”center” css_animation=”slideInLeft”][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”juicy_pink” background_style=”rounded” align=”center” css_animation=”slideInLeft”][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”juicy_pink” background_style=”rounded” align=”center” css_animation=”slideInLeft”][mk_padding_divider size=”75″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][mk_fancy_title color=”#000000″ size=”24″ font_family=”none”]Meetings focus on the heart, not on content.[/mk_fancy_title][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][mk_fancy_title color=”#000000″ size=”24″ font_family=”none”]Familiar questions create weekly rhythms of grace.[/mk_fancy_title][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][mk_fancy_title color=”#000000″ size=”24″ font_family=”none”]Safe space lends itself to transparency and vulnerability.[/mk_fancy_title][mk_padding_divider size=”75″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][mk_image src=”http://www.resources.seedbed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/band-meeting-cover.jpg” image_size=”medium” link=”https://store.seedbed.com/products/the-rise-of-theological-liberalism-and-the-decline-of-american-methodism” align=”center” animation=”right-to-left”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][mk_page_section bg_color=”#d16c6e” video_loop=”false” bg_gradient=”left_top” sidebar=”sidebar-1″][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][mk_padding_divider size=”75″][vc_video max_width=”600″ link=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/216907799″ custom_thumbnail=”true” thumbnail_image=”7235″][mk_padding_divider size=”75″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][mk_page_section bg_image=”http://www.resources.seedbed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/camp-fire-band-meeting-e1497462567826.jpg” bg_color=”#1e1e1e” bg_position=”center center” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_stretch=”true” video_color_mask=”#000000″ video_opacity=”0.7″ min_height=”400″ sidebar=”sidebar-1″][vc_column][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”36″ force_font_size=”true” font_style=”normal” txt_transform=”uppercase” margin_top=”100″ margin_bottom=”0″ font_family=”Source+Sans+Pro” font_type=”google” align=”center”]What People Are Saying[/mk_fancy_title][mk_divider style=”thin_solid” divider_width=”one_third” thin_single_color=”#d16c6e” thickness=”2″][/vc_column][vc_column][mk_fancy_title color=”#f2f2f2″ size=”30″ margin_top=”20″ margin_bottom=”0″ font_family=”none”]”The Band Meeting is an essential text for the recovery of deep discipleship in the United Methodist Church. I recommend it strongly to any who are serious about being disciples of Jesus Christ as Lord.”[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#f2f2f2″ size=”30″ margin_bottom=”25″ font_family=”none”]MIKE LOWRY
Bishop, The United Methodist Church[/mk_fancy_title][mk_padding_divider size=”75″][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][mk_page_section bg_color=”#a3a3a3″ bg_position=”center center” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_stretch=”true” video_loop=”false” video_mask=”true” video_opacity=”0.5″ min_height=”750″ js_vertical_centered=”true” sidebar=”sidebar-1″][vc_column][vc_row_inner attached=”true” padding=”3″][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][mk_circle_image src=”http://www.resources.seedbed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jo-anne-lyon.jpeg” image_diameter=”150″][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”18″ font_style=”normal” font_family=”none”]”I see this book as a catalyst for another great awakening across our globe.”[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ force_font_size=”true” font_weight=”600″ margin_bottom=”0″ font_family=”none” responsive_align=”left” animation=”bottom-to-top”]JO ANNE LYON[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ force_font_size=”true” font_weight=”600″ font_family=”none” responsive_align=”left” animation=”bottom-to-top”]The Wesleyan Church[/mk_fancy_title][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][mk_circle_image src=”http://www.resources.seedbed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jeffgreenway.jpeg” image_diameter=”150″][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”18″ font_style=”normal” font_family=”none”]”Historians and theologians Kevin Watson and Scott Kisker can help us recapture the essence of what gave Methodism the depth and vibrancy that changed the world in the eighteenth century.”[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ force_font_size=”true” margin_bottom=”0″ font_family=”none” responsive_align=”left” animation=”bottom-to-top”]JEFF GREENWAY[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ force_font_size=”true” font_weight=”600″ font_family=”none” responsive_align=”left” animation=”bottom-to-top”]West Ohio Conference,
United Methodist Church[/mk_fancy_title][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][mk_circle_image src=”http://www.resources.seedbed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/david-watson-640×320.png” image_diameter=”150″][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”18″ font_style=”normal” font_family=”none”]”The Band Meeting is clear and readable, historically informed, and theologically rich.”[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ force_font_size=”true” margin_bottom=”0″ font_family=”none” responsive_align=”left” animation=”bottom-to-top”]DAVID WATSON[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ force_font_size=”true” font_weight=”600″ font_family=”none” responsive_align=”left” animation=”bottom-to-top”]United Seminary[/mk_fancy_title][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][mk_circle_image src=”http://www.resources.seedbed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/beth-felker-jones.jpeg” image_diameter=”150″][mk_padding_divider size=”25″][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”18″ font_style=”normal” font_family=”none”]”Watson and Kisker open up the practice of the band meeting in a way that will benefit the church as we seek to reconnect with each other and with God.”[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ margin_bottom=”0″ font_family=”none” animation=”bottom-to-top”]BETH FELKER JONES[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ force_font_size=”true” font_weight=”600″ font_family=”none” responsive_align=”left” animation=”bottom-to-top”]Wheaton College[/mk_fancy_title][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][mk_page_section bg_image=”http://www.resources.seedbed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/lightstock_60283_medium_nick_perreault-e1496089600437.jpg” bg_position=”center center” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_stretch=”true” enable_3d=”true” speed_factor=”1″ video_loop=”false” video_color_mask=”#000000″ video_opacity=”0.8″ min_height=”750″ js_vertical_centered=”true” sidebar=”sidebar-1″][vc_column][mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h3″ color=”#ffffff” size=”36″ font_weight=”500″ font_style=”normal” txt_transform=”uppercase” margin_top=”50″ margin_bottom=”0″ font_family=”Source+Sans+Pro” font_type=”google” align=”center” animation=”top-to-bottom”]Recent Blog Articles[/mk_fancy_title][mk_divider style=”thin_solid” divider_width=”custom_width” custom_width=”100″ thin_single_color=”#ffffff” thickness=”4″ margin_top=”25″ margin_bottom=”25″][vc_row_inner attached=”true” padding=”3″][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][mk_fancy_title color=”#d16c6e” size=”24″ force_font_size=”true” font_family=”none” align=”center”]”The Small Group Band Meeting: A Place to Grow in Holiness Together”[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ font_style=”normal” font_family=”none” animation=”bottom-to-top”]Watch the video where Kevin Watson explains, in seven minutes, what the Wesleyan band meeting was and why it was such a powerful catalyst for the spiritual renewal of England.[/mk_fancy_title][mk_button dimension=”outline” icon_anim=”vertical” url=”http://www.seedbed.com/the-small-group-band-a-place-to-grow-in-holiness-together/” nofollow=”true” align=”center” button_custom_width=”150″ margin_top=”10″ outline_skin=”light”]Read More[/mk_button][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][mk_fancy_title color=”#d16c6e” size=”24″ force_font_size=”true” font_family=”none” align=”center”]”Four Stages of a Small Group’s Life Cycle”[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ font_style=”normal” font_family=”none” animation=”bottom-to-top”]Though every group is unique and has its own identity, small groups typically go through the following stages in their development: birth, establishing a routine, questioning and refining purpose, and maturity.[/mk_fancy_title][mk_button dimension=”outline” icon_anim=”vertical” url=”http://www.seedbed.com/four-stages-of-a-small-groups-life-cycle/” nofollow=”true” align=”center” button_custom_width=”150″ margin_top=”10″ outline_skin=”light”]Read More[/mk_button][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][mk_fancy_title color=”#d16c6e” size=”24″ force_font_size=”true” font_family=”none” align=”center”]”The Early Methodists Watched Over One Another in Love”[/mk_fancy_title][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ font_style=”normal” font_family=”none” animation=”bottom-to-top”]The Methodist movement that contributed to the Great Awakening was a community of Christians committed to social holiness. This meant that they gathered together in groups to watch over one in another in holy love.[/mk_fancy_title][mk_button dimension=”outline” icon_anim=”vertical” url=”http://www.seedbed.com/the-early-methodists-watched-over-one-another-in-love/” nofollow=”true” align=”center” button_custom_width=”150″ margin_top=”10″ outline_skin=”light”]Read More[/mk_button][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][vc_row fullwidth=”true” attached=”true”][vc_column][mk_button dimension=”flat” size=”xx-large” url=”https://store.seedbed.com/products/the-band-meeting” nofollow=”true” fullwidth=”true” margin_bottom=”0″ margin_right=”0″ bg_color=”#d16c6e” btn_hover_bg=”#eaeaea” btn_hover_txt_color=”#d16c6e”]TAKE YOUR DISCIPLESHIP TO THE NEXT LEVEL[/mk_button][/vc_column][/vc_row][mk_page_section bg_color=”#1e1e1e” bg_position=”center bottom” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” video_loop=”false” video_opacity=”0.4″ min_height=”50″ padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ sidebar=”sidebar-1″][vc_column][mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h3″ color=”#ffffff” size=”36″ font_weight=”500″ font_style=”normal” txt_transform=”uppercase” margin_top=”50″ margin_bottom=”0″ font_family=”Source+Sans+Pro” font_type=”google” align=”center” animation=”top-to-bottom”]About the Authors[/mk_fancy_title][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][vc_row fullwidth=”true” fullwidth_content=”false” css=”.vc_custom_1496091819597{background-color: #1e1e1e !important;}”][vc_column border_color=”#1e1e1e” width=”1/2″][mk_circle_image src=”http://www.resources.seedbed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/kevin-watson.jpg” image_diameter=”150″][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”32″ force_font_size=”true” font_weight=”500″ margin_top=”40″ margin_bottom=”5″ font_family=”none” align=”center”]Kevin M. Watson[/mk_fancy_title][mk_divider style=”thin_solid” divider_width=”one_fourth” thin_single_color=”#eded8b” thickness=”3″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”30″][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ force_font_size=”true” font_weight=”300″ font_family=”none” align=”center”]Kevin M. Watson teaches Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is the author of The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience and A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living. Watson blogs at vitalpiety.com and tweets @kevinwatson.[/mk_fancy_title][mk_padding_divider size=”50″][/vc_column][vc_column border_color=”#1e1e1e” width=”1/2″][mk_circle_image src=”http://www.resources.seedbed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/kiskerphoto.jpg” image_diameter=”150″][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”32″ force_font_size=”true” font_weight=”500″ margin_top=”40″ margin_bottom=”5″ font_family=”none” align=”center”]Scott Kisker[/mk_fancy_title][mk_divider style=”thin_solid” divider_width=”one_fourth” thin_single_color=”#eded8b” thickness=”3″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”30″][mk_fancy_title color=”#ffffff” size=”20″ force_font_size=”true” font_weight=”300″ font_family=”none” align=”center”]Scott Kisker is Professor of the History of Christianity at United Theological Seminary and an elder in the Iowa Annual Conference. Prior to his post at United Theological Seminary, he was Professor of History of Christianity at Wesley Theological Seminary as well as Wesley’s Director of the Course of Study Program.[/mk_fancy_title][mk_padding_divider size=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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