The Upper Room’s Discovery Weekend program finds new home with N2Discovery, Inc.

December 8, 2020 by The staff of The Upper Room

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Dec.10, 2020 / The Upper Room / The Upper Room has granted ownership of its program, Discovery Weekend, to N2Discovery, Inc., a new nonprofit ministry with a mission of growing young disciples and Christian leaders through resources and experiences. Discovery Weekend is a spiritual formation retreat program designed for middle school students to learn the foundations of Christian discipleship and experience firsthand God’s love and grace.

“Discovery Weekend provides the most spiritually-sound environment for middle schoolers to meet and follow Jesus, high schoolers to provide spiritual leadership, and faith community participants to build spiritual relationships with each other and the students in their church. As the featured ministry of N2Discovery, Inc., I hope to see this exciting program empower the ministry of churches across the U.S. and beyond,” says Rev. Dr. Michael Ratliff, N2Discovery president and former associate general secretary of Young People’s Ministry at Discipleship Ministries, a general agency of The United Methodist Church.

“This partnership agreement is the best solution possible for how The Upper Room can continue to support congregations seeking to fulfill their vow to introduce middle schoolers to Jesus Christ and support their spiritual formation as disciples. N2Discovery will ensure a promising future for Discovery Weekend and can count on an empowering partnership and brand association with The Upper Room,” adds Rev. Stephen Bryant, publisher of The Upper Room.

The Upper Room has legally released its Discovery Weekend copyright, brand, and program collateral to N2Discovery. All customer and program requests can now be directed here. To learn more about Discovery Weekend and the ways it can engage your younger youth for spiritual growth, contact Mike Ratliff at [email protected].

Discovery Weekend, originally conceived and founded by Rev. Melody Traylor while serving at First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was inspired by Traylor’s experiences with The Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation and Walk to Emmaus programs. Rev. Traylor is a retired elder in the North Alabama Conference.

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The Upper Room is a global ministry dedicated to helping people create daily life with God. From its beginnings as a daily devotional guide, The Upper Room has grown to include publications, programs, prayer support, and other resources to help believers of all ages and denominations move to a deeper level of faith and service. The Upper Room is a part of Discipleship Ministries, a general agency of The United Methodist Church, but is self-supporting and receives no apportionment funds. Visit to learn more.

Sherry Elliott

Executive Director of Administration, Interpretation, and Development

[email protected]

615-300-0927 mobile; 615-340-7520 office

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