Join us for Vital Conversations with Rev. Dr. Douglas Ruffle on February 3 at 11:00 am for a discussion about lay planting. Let's plant something new for God's world and God's church together.
"You yourselves are being built like living stones into a spiritual temple. You are being made into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. [Y]ou are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God's own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light." (1 Peter 2:5,9)
Who among us doesn't like to take in the beauty of a spring garden blooming to new life after a hard, long winter? Many of us don't just want to see a garden. We want to plant one -- to plot out where the tomatoes and beans will go, buy the seeds, and get our hands deep into the fertile soil. I believe it's a needed instinct within our churches and communities.
Rev. Dr. Douglas Ruffle serves as Director of Community Engagement and Church Planting Resources for Path 1, the Division of New Church Starts at Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Before accepting this position in 2013, he served as Coordinator of Congregational Development for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. Ruffle is the author of A Missionary Mindset: What Church Leaders Need to Know to Reach Their Community and Roadmap to Renewal: Rediscovering the Church’s Mission, which has been translated into Spanish (Hoja de Ruta: La Iglesia Renueva Su Misión). From 1978 to 1987, he served as a missionary (obrero fraternal) in Argentina under the auspices of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.
While in Argentina, Douglas served as a pastor in the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina as well as a chaplain at the Latin American Education Center (Rosario). Doug holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University, a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University, a Master of Theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Drew University. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Tammie, and enjoys music, baseball, travel, and volunteering at his local church.