Real Discipleship Survey

Dear Fairlington Church Family,
You and our whole congregation are invited to take the Real Discipleship Survey, which should take about 15 minutes. This tool is designed to help us each take next steps in our faith journey. It will also help us as pastors and leaders to plan sermons and classes in the future, and provide information for the District Next Level Innovations (NLI) team as they help us envision God’s future here at Fairlington.
It measures six dimensions of Christian discipleship: a life of worship, a life of hospitality, a life open to Jesus, a life of obeying Jesus, a life of service, and a life of generosity. Through the survey, you will discover if you are exploring, beginning, growing, or maturing in each of those categories  You will receive a personal report and suggested resources which will only be seen by you; only the combined results for the entire congregation will be available to pastors and church leaders.
We want everyone who considers Fairlington their church home (you don’t have to be an official member) to participate. You will be asked to choose between several statements that best describe the ways you practice your faith. If the statements are unclear to you, use your best judgment and learn from the experience.
The survey works best on a laptop or desktop computer. Here’s what you need to do:

Click here:

  • Enter this code: PEACEANDJOY (all caps, no spaces)
  • Create an account.
  • Select the Alexandria District
  • Select Fairlington UMC
  • Enter your name, email address, and a password (of your own choosing)
  • Click the blue "Sign Up” button.
  • Use the "Click Here" link on the next page to continue

Log in using your email and the password you created

  • Before completing the survey, please use the blue “Edit Profile” button to select the church groups to which you belong. Choose YES for all of the groups to which you belong. When you have completed this section, select the blue “Edit Record” button. Then click the blue “Back to Dashboard” button to return to the man page.

Take the Real Discipleship Survey

  • Click the blue “Take Survey” button.
  • Select one box of each color that best describes your current discipleship level; each color may only be selected once and that color will gray out once selected. (If you are not able to distinguish the different colors, the boxes are numbered.)
  • Continue selecting a single box of each color until the survey is completely grayed out
  • Once the survey is grayed out, submit the survey by clicking the blue “Submit Survey” button
  • Your results will be displayed for you. (You may also choose to view additional information or have your results sent to your email account.)
  • A tutorial is available if you need assistance

Thank you for taking the time to take this survey. Please feel free to contact me at the church office if you have any questions.

In Christ,

Mary Beth

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Reconciling Notes

Immigration 101: 

 Sunday, September 23, in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the 11:00AM service. Light lunch to be served.

An Overview of U.S. Immigration Law

Do you ever wonder about immigration laws?

What’s a visa, a green card, DACA?

Why immigrants don’t just apply for citizenship?

Would you like to have a better understanding of immigration rules in a non-political format?


Lunch will be followed by Just Neighbors presenting an easy to understand overview of the ins and outs of our country’s very complex immigration system.


Regardless of your political views, this presentation will focus on facts about who is eligible for the various types of legal status in the U.S. and what the various types mean. There will be time for Q&A. 


No RSVP necessary, just come! For more information contact Mark Elder



Co-hosted by FUMC’s Reconciling Ministry Team

and the Church in Society Team.


Download Here: Our 5 Year History as a Reconciling Congregation

We celebrate Fairlington's 5-year anniversary of becoming a Reconciling Congregation, intentionally welcoming all people as beloved children of God.

Our celebratory theme, “Love in All Colors,” reflects the breadth and diversity of God’s human creation as proclaimed in our church’s welcoming statement.

Check out our audio for personal testimonies from FUMC members. They share how being part of a reconciling congregation has personally affected them and shaped their faith journey.

~Mark Elder,


Follow this link to see the extensive work and accomplishments of this :church and its Reconciling Ministry Team over the last five years, since we became a reconciling congregation in February 2013.  Thank you church!


Fairlington UMC is a 

Reconciling Congregation with open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We proclaim and welcome every person as a beloved child of God regardless of age, race, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, faith history, or life experience.

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