04 October 2010

Methodist Church launches first ebook

The Methodist Church has launched its first ebook as its renewed emphasis on discipleship continues to gather momentum. The book, Discipleship and the People Called Methodists, will be available to download for free from www.methodist.org.uk in both the epub format that can be used on many ebook readers and the mobi format for the Amazon Kindle.

At the same time, the printed version of the book has just been reprinted again and now has over 19,000 copies in circulation.

The book's author, the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church, says "Discipleship is about transforming the world as well as ourselves, and I'm delighted that the Methodist people are really taking this emphasis on discipleship to heart. The demand for this book in its print version shows that as a Church we are really keen to explore what discipleship means and how we can become better disciples together, and the ebook version will enable more people to join in."

The Methodist Church has already designated 2011 as Year of the Bible as part of the discipleship programme, and is enthusiastically backing the ecumenical BibleFresh campaign. This will run throughout 2011 as churches across Britain celebrate 400 years of the King James Bible, and so far over a dozen Methodist districts have signed up to put on BibleFresh festivals across the country, with more still at the planning stage.

Says Martyn: "There are many different ways to 'do discipleship'. This book is one way to get started, and we also have the Inspire network that is reenergising discipleship amongst local church leaders. I'm so excited that Methodists are looking to the opportunities offered by BibleFresh in 2011 to deepen our biblical discipleship, and also that we're part of the More Than Gold initiative that will offer many ways to practice our discipleship during the Olympic and Paralympics Games in 2012."

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