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Created in 2009, DRI a response of the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) to the "sustainable resourcing initiative" of the 2008 General Conference. The intent is to address the debilitating gap that exists between those parts of the UMC with and without reasonable access to resources for Christian formation and leadership development suitable to the United Methodist heritage.
DRI is an expression of Discipleship Resources, which is a long-standing publishing arm of GBOD.
DRI wants to help leaders in as many Central Conferences as possible to expand their access to the key resources for learning and leading in the church. The intent is not to provide the resources for Central Conferences; that would be infinitely unaffordable and disempowering. The intent is to assist Central Conferences leaders committed to create the internal means by which to make the resources they need more available, affordable and appropriate to the churches in their contexts.
Where invited and when called for, DRI works hand-in-hand with leaders in Central Conferences (at Conference, Episcopal Area, or Central Conference levels) to form, equip, and seed publishing teams. Those publishing teams then lead small-scale publishing operations in service to the church's mission in their areas.
DRI adds capacity to local teams in a variety of ways that are unique to each situation. Those include direction in building publishing plans, team training, a pool of content resources from which to draw and adapt, seed money, ongoing support and consultation, mediation with vendors and publishers, and access to a global resource-sharing network of partners on the same journey toward sustainable church publishing.
DRI links a growing number of publishing teams and related Christian publishing initiatives in various parts of the world. Through the DRI connection, DRI publishing teams in Central Conferences accross a continent or around the world enjoy the benefits that come from resource sharing and peer learning with one another.