Healthy Plate Discipleship

What’s Your Worship + One?

If you’ve been worshiping with us for a while and want to find out how to get connected at FUMCFW, we invite you to find your Worship + One.
What is Worship + One? In addition to attending worship, it simply means find a “plus one” — a group, a study, or a place to serve that connects with you so you can connect with others, build relationships, and experience the power and purpose in leading a Christ-centered life.
For details, please email Lisa Helm (, Director of Welcoming Ministries or Dr. Mike Marshall (, Associate Pastor of Leadership Development — and be sure to include your phone number in your email!

As disciples, we are devoted followers of Jesus Christ, committed to practices that will encourage growth in faith. Discipleship is the process of being shaped by the Holy Spirit through spiritual practices to become more like Jesus.

The Healthy Plate Discipleship framework uses a variety of practices to help you more faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Try all six areas — worship, serve, give, learn, play, and pray — to grow strong in faithful discipleship. Some of these practices will comfort you, some will challenge you, and all will completely nourish you.

Your plate may be too full or too empty, and we want to help you have a well-balanced experience when it comes to your life of faith.


Worship is an expression of our love and need of God. When the community gathers for worship, God teaches us, draws us closer to one another, transforms our lives, and equips us for the work and mission of the coming week.


Learning is the intentional pursuit of knowledge and a growing understanding of who God is. Study exposes us to God’s complexity, opens us to new ideas, and can connect us to others with similar ideas and questions.


Service is giving our time and gifts back to God and the church by putting our faith into action. In service, we turn our hearts toward God’s people and can be transformed by relationships with our church and community.


Play is good for our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Having fun and enjoying the company of other people can inspire our imaginations. Play opens us up to friendships that help us bear burdens and celebrate life’s joy.


Giving is the commitment to put God first in all things. The habit of sacrificial giving of our money and resources allows us to trust God in deeper ways and to share our love with others.


Prayer and meditation are especially critical in a world where we are all addicted to being busy. Regular prayer and personal disciplines can renew our energy and open us up to the places God is leading us.

Member Discipleship Commitment

Membership Commitments

Members of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth are expected to pursue a devoted life of discipleship. By fulfilling the membership commitments, you should be on a good pathway to growing as a disciple of Christ.


Participate in weekly corporate worship unless prevented by illness or travel.


Serve in some ongoing way in the local community. Serve in some ongoing way within the church.


Commit to proportional giving to the ministries of this congregation and to moving toward a tithe and beyond.


Participate regularly in a small group, Bible study, or ministry team that grows you in knowledge and understanding.


Get to know other disciples by participating in social activities and events through the church and by nurturing those relationships on your own.


Develop a disciplined and growing prayer relationship with God.

FUMCFW Commitments

Members can expect FUMCFW to provide opportunities for growth toward a Christ-centered life.


Invite you to participate in a variety of weekly worship services. Provide Holy Communion monthly and weekly. Baptisms, weddings, and funerals upon request.


Help you discover your gifts and how they may be used in ministry and mission opportunities. Provide a variety of opportunities to serve using different gifts.


Teach the benefits of a giving heart and exercising responsible stewardship. Inform you about financial needs and budgeted projects.


Provide a variety of learning opportunities including Bible studies, classes, and affinity groups.


Offer fun social events for all ages to connect with peers. Create opportunities for members to share their stories and faith with one another.


Teach a variety of spiritual practices. Give access to tools to build your own spiritual disciplines. Provide hospital visitation and pastoral care.

Healthy Plate Discipleship Check-In

  • On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the lowest) evaluate these Christian practices in your life today.

  • How regularly do you participate in weekly corporate worship?
  • How regularly do you serve within the church or larger community?
  • How does your giving reflect your trust in God?
  • How regularly do you seek to grow your knowledge and understanding of God?
  • How often do you participate in life-giving social activities and events?
  • How is your prayer relationship with God?


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