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Zimbabwe West Annual Conference will meet.
We start the new year with this webinar focused on the new member of the stewardship team, finance committee, or church council – those who are looking to get started on the right foot. If your work in the church deals with people’s giving, you know the importance of that responsibility. Bathe your work in prayer. Remember, you are not alone; there are places to find help! As you enter the new year, reflect on these ideas that could make your job the best one in the church!
Being a caregiver is tough work — whether part-time or full-time. If you are a family member, paid companion, or someone who seeks to support a caregiver, this course gives you the tools and support you need to maintain your own physical, emotional, and spiritual health as you care for others. This course is eligible for 2.0 CEUs. Price: $45.00
Prepare for your children and youth programs with this five-day online workshop for congregations that don’t have a Safe Sanctuary policy or whose policy is outdated, needs revision, doesn’t meet the needs of current ministries, etc. This course is eligible for 0.5 CEU and costs $50 per participant.
Do you find yourself struggling at times to feel peace? Christians are not insulated from all of the stresses and fears in the world today. Finding peace and calm in the midst of stressful living, both in our individual lives and in the world around us, can be a challenge. Participants will discover how the full text of the Serenity Prayer can point us toward finding peace even though the world and events around us may not be peaceful. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $45.
We all experience losses in our life: divorce, the loss of a job, the loss of physical ability, relocating from one place to another, traumatic injury, limitations due to age, personal bankruptcy, or business failure. There are other losses, such as the death of a pet, which are particularly difficult for many people. This course will help you heal and move forward. Price is $45 per participant; eligible for 1.0 CEU.
In this interactive course, you will learn how to enhance the praise and worship experiences at your own church — whether traditional, blended, and/or contemporary – creating a dynamic, powerful experience for your congregation. You will also learn about different types of services, discuss and consider ideas for enhancing your own worship experiences, and share suggestions for actively involving your whole church family in a more dynamic expression of praise and worship to God. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $40 per participant.
After decades of life experience, it’s normal for us to spend more time reflecting on the life we have lived. Go deeper into this practice by comparing your reflections with those of Qoheleth, the author of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes. We don’t have to agree with Qoheleth, but Ecclesiastes gives us the opportunity to examine our own reflections through dialogue with his. This course is hosted online at United Methodist-affiliated BeADisciple.com and is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Cost: $20 per participant.
Whether you want to develop a spiritual practice, start an exercise program, get started on writing a book or achieve something significant in your life, this course will get you there. High achievers are NOT more disciplined than the rest of us. They have simply learned how to apply their efforts to develop habits that help them get where they want to go. This course will help you to create a positive habit or set a stretch goal that you can achieve in 10 weeks. This course is eligible for 3.0 CEUs and is taught by Rev. Jack Shitama, director of Pecometh United Methodist camp and retreat.
Lay leaders and lay members to annual conference who engage in mission and ministry as part of a disciple-making movement have significant impact on the vitality of the local church as they partner together with their clergy leadership. Join Jodi Cataldo, Discipleship Ministries' Director of Laity in Leadership, in a discussion around these roles in relationship to the overall mission of the church.
Learn about the ways Christians in different cultures, different time periods, and different social locations have told their faith stories. Amy Oden presents video lectures on six Christian women who wrote about their faith. The BeADisciple.com workshop explores how we, as members of the Christian family, tell our “family stories.” It also helps us to examine our own faith and to articulate our own experiences of God. 1.5 CEUs are available. Price: $50
What does it mean to be Methodist? In a series of half-hour videos from leading Methodist scholars, Justo Gonzalez leads students through an exploration of the 18th-century Wesleyan revival in England and the growth of Methodism in the United States and around the world. Supplemental videos cover in more detail the rise of Methodism in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. This course explains what it means to be Methodist and will benefit both lifelong Methodists and those coming to Methodism from other traditions. This is one of the required courses for Wesleyan Studies lay certification from Wesley Theological Seminary. 2.0 CEUs are available. Price: $50
Each of us is called to share our faith in obedience to the Great Commission, and the Second Greatest Commandment tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. By combining these two commandments from our Lord, we are able to share our faith with those around us in a natural way. During this course you’ll learn about ways you can share the Gospel that are both comfortable for you and effective; it is all about sharing the love of Christ by building relationships with those around you and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you as your relationships progress. 1.5 CEUs are available upon successful completion of this course; price: $45.00
Have you every wanted to bring Christian education materials to a wider audience? Online learning allows for great flexibility — anyone with a reasonable internet connection can participate in your course. Students and instructors log in and participate at the time of day that works best for their own schedule while still maintaining connection and daily interaction. Learn how to build and teach a course of your own online in this two-week online course at United Methodist-affiliated BeADisciple.com. This course covers the basics of building, planning, and teaching online courses, as well as the fundamentals of using the Blackboard software. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $100.
Designed for part-time local pastors and certified lay ministers, but open to any person, clergy or lay, this course emphasizes the importance of pastoral care in the small church. It will address the expectations of congregants, how to manage the demands, the ministry of presence and the relationship of pastoral care to leadership. It will also introduce ways to involve laity in congregational care. Topics to be covered include: what good pastoral care looks like, the relationship between caring opportunities and spiritual growth, the importance of reflective listening, and our role in maintaining the privacy of those we serve. Price: $49
This is a four-week online course on mentoring as a dynamic relationship among a mentor, a young person and the Holy Spirit, which has the power to produce great spiritual growth. This course is designed to provide tools and resources to form faithful, meaningful, and dynamic mentoring relationships. Sponsored by the Foundation for Evangelism and the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price: $45.
As a lay speaker/servant/leader you may find yourself the one leading prayer in worship services, as well as in other settings. It is vital that you are knowledgeable and lead well. The primary objective for this course is to enable the lay speaker to effectively prepare and lead various prayer forms, primarily in worship settings. This online course, hosted by United Methodist-affiliated BeADisciple.com, is approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries, and is the “prayer” class required for Lay Speaker certification. One (1) CEU for clergy and staff is also available. Price: $70.00
If you’ve ever wanted to improve your ability to guide adult learners through their faith development, this two-week interactive Discipleship Ministries-approved Lay Servant course is the way to do it! Learn about Multiple Intelligences, Adult Faith Development, Learning Hooks, and more! This course is completely online, requiring no travel, and is hosted at United Methodist-affiliated BeADisciple.com. Price: $65.00
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“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” What does it mean, as Christians, to live by the tenets of 1 Corinthians 13:13? How do we apply the concepts of faith, hope and love in our daily lives and what meaning do these words have for us? Author and teacher Debbie Ross shows us one way of answering these questions in this week-long come-and-go online course hosted at United Methodist-based BeADisciple.com. No books are needed for this course as the lesson texts will be uploaded for student reading and use. This course is eligible for 0.5 CEU and costs $45 per participant.
Quarterly board meeting
It’s hard to watch those you care about struggle with negative thoughts and emotions. This course will help you learn what those around you may be dealing with, and how you can help them. Throughout this course, you will learn tools in communication as well as signs and symptoms to look for, such as the difference between normal and distorted grief responses. This is not a self-diagnosing course, but a course to bring awareness and understanding to both PTSD and suicidal thoughts and prevention. This BeADisciple.com course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and is $45 per participant.
This course is unabashedly taught from a Christian perspective, with the goal of helping the learner become more comfortable with people of other religions so that they can increase their effectiveness in sharing their faith with those from other countries who have moved into their neighborhood. To that end, not only are facts presented regarding the religions under study, supplemental activities are included in order for the student to come to understand the adherents of each faith on a more personal level – in order to facilitate friendships with people that practice other religions. We will be examining Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. 1.0 CEUs are available upon successful completion of this course. Price: $55.00 per participant.
It’s hard to watch those you care about struggle with negative thoughts and emotions. This course will help you learn what those around you may be dealing with, and how you can help them. Participants will learn tools in communication as well as signs and symptoms to look for, such as the difference between normal and distorted grief responses. This is not a self-diagnosing course, but a course to bring awareness and understanding to both PTSD and suicidal thoughts and prevention. This course is hosted by United Methodist BeADisciple.com and is taught by an experienced senior chaplain. It is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $45 per participant.
When someone around us is experiencing hurt or grief, we want to do what we can to alleviate their pain. Instead, we often unintentionally say words that add to their pain. We owe it to ourselves and those hurting to be equipped to meet their pain in the comforting manner we intend. In this course, we’ll study phrases and actions that actually do make a positive difference to those who are suffering and examine why some of our usual phrases aren’t as useful as we previously thought. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $45.
Where are you experiencing or carrying loneliness in your life? What might it mean to move to a place of solitude instead? How do we open ourselves to God transforming us and easing this pain, and how do we nurture this change? Using Henri Nouwen’s book "Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life," this course will focus on the first "movement" toward a deeper spiritual life — moving from a personal sense of loneliness to that of peaceful solitude.
Designed for part-time local pastors and certified lay ministers, but open to any person, clergy or lay, this course covers Wesleyan theology in terms that are practical and relevant for the average church member. The three-fold aspects of prevenient, justifying and sanctifying grace will be explained in terms that show how they operate throughout the Christian journey. The course will also explain the concepts of entire sanctification and Arminianism and why they still matter today. Topics to be covered include the relationship between prevenient, justifying and sanctifying grace; how grace works, both before and after justification; applying the Wesleyan Quadrilateral to one’s spiritual and vocational life as well as the life of the church; and clarifying entire sanctification and its importance in the Christian journey. Price: $49
This online class from United Methodist-affiliated BeADisciple.com is an opportunity to explore the mutual roots in story of the three “Abrahamic religions.” It will focus on what we have in common, how each faith’s wisdom can enrich our own, and how to begin having interfaith conversations. This Lenten spiritual journey into friendship finishes before Palm Sunday. This is the story of the three New Yorkers’ interfaith journey after 9/11, but is very relevant to today’s world. There will be readings and opportunity for discussion 4 times a week; participate on those days when it works for your schedule. Lay Servant Ministries Approved - This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course with 10 contact hours in Lay Servant Ministries. This course is eligible for 2.0 CEU and costs $50 per participant.
Deepen your own and your congregation’s understanding and practice of Holy Communion, or begin a Eucharistic ministry, through this wide-ranging study of This Holy Mystery, Scripture, Church history and United Methodist theology and practice of the sacrament. This course will reference, but go beyond, the official UMC documents to include art, music, film and video resources to enrich our understanding and participation in the sacrament. Recent conversation in the UMC about the Table in the digital age will be included. This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course with 10 contact hours in Lay Servant Ministries, and is also eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price: $65.00
You'll learn how to use a new tool to enrich your prayer life and explores the theology, history, and practice of prayer beads. All participants will need to have a set of Anglican prayer beads or the materials to make prayer beads. This class is eligible for 0.5 CEU and costs $50 per participant.
Why does the United Methodist Church do things the way it does? Why is our pastor being reassigned? Why don’t we get to vote on our new pastor? What are the rules – and why are they the rules? What happens at General Conference that may affect us? And what does any of this have to do with trying to be a place and a people that embody the Kingdom of God? This course will help church leaders answer questions, help newcomers to the UMC get their bearings, and help longtime members consider the specific structural challenges the church faces in the 21st Century. This session follows the Lenten schedule; there will be no new assignment Wednesday and Sunday. This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries, and is the “polity” course required for Lay Speaker certification. 1.0 CEU for clergy is also awarded. Price: $70.00
Using Henri Nouwen’s book "Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life" as our reference point, we will explore his second "movement" toward a deeper spiritual life — moving from hostility toward others to hospitality toward others. There will be reflections, readings and posting most of the days of the class. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $30.
Chicago - Race & Gun Violence
The Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska is an ongoing response to God’s call to peacemaking and reconciliation. Affirming the community of Abrahamic faiths, the Peace Conference seeks to work in partnership with Christians, Jews, Muslims, and members of other religious traditions to advance the work of reconciliation and peace. The theme this year is "Meeting the Other: Can We Talk?"
GCORR Board Meeting: Race & Gun Violence
At this four-day conference event, Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders offer lectures, worship, music, prayer and meditation to guide us in learning to talk across differences.
Meeting the Other: Can We Talk? Part of the Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska, this special session at UNCA's Lipinsky Auditorium features a musical introduction from Abraham Jam; brief addresses by keynote speakers T. Anthony Spearman, Nancy Fuchs Kreimer and Juliane Hammer; and a panel discussion with feedback questions and responses from the audience.
Abraham Jam, composed of Billy Jonas, David LaMotte, and Dawud Wharnsby, features three “brothers” from the three Abrahamic faiths who use music to form interfaith respect and cooperation. Abraham Jam is the musical guest of the Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska.
Deepen your congregation’s experience of baptism, confirmation and reaffirmation of baptism through this wide-ranging study of By Water and the Spirit, Scripture, Church history and United Methodist theology and practice of the sacrament. This course will reference, but go beyond, the official United Methodist teaching document on baptism. The course considers preparation of adults for baptism and the unique challenges of the digital age. Lay Servant Ministries ApprovedThis course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course with 10 contact hours in Lay Servant Ministries, and is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price: $65.00
Using Henri Nouwen’s book "Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life" as our reference point we will take two weeks to explore the third "movement" toward a deeper spiritual life — moving from illusion to prayer. There will be reflections, readings and posting most of the days of this two-week class. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $30.
Board Meeting Sesions
This is an opportunity for networking and focused conversation for anyone interested or involved in multiethnic church planting. Whether you’ve already planted a multiethnic church, are interested in trying, or have led an existing church to become more diverse, this event is for you. Agenda is at http://www.cvent.com/events/multiethnic-church-ministries-training/agenda-acfdb68d617e460c9b47b31f39ff56f9.aspx
This course’s methods are for everyone who wishes to learn, to tell and to connect with God and other people through the ancient-future art and spiritual discipline of telling the sacred stories of Scripture – yes, you can do it too! By the end of the two-week course you will be able to share at least one text with others by heart (not “memory”), and you will understand how this completely non-technological art fits into a digital communications world. This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course with 10 contact hours in Lay Servant Ministries, but is open to everyone! 1.0 CEUs are available.
This is a day-long conference to help Clergy, Scout leaders and church leaders understand how to leverage Scouting as an outreach ministry at their church.
Semi-Annual meeting of the Council of Bishops
Designed for part-time local pastors and certified lay ministers, but open to any person, clergy or lay, this course provides practical guidance for managing the many demands of congregational leadership. It will cover different approaches to increasing productivity to help the student find the methods that will work best in their own setting. Topics to be covered include the basics of the "Getting Things Done" approach by David Allen, how to clear one’s mind of things to do to reduce anxiety and increase focus, the importance of rituals, the importance of "First Things First" from Stephen Covey, and the Pomodoro Technique. Price: $49
Northwest Texas Annual Conference
Designed for part-time local pastors and certified lay ministers, but open to any person, clergy or lay, this course will cover the development of The United Methodist Church in the United States, as well as its doctrinal roots in both the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren traditions. The approach will be to understand the basics of our faith, both as it connects to the core of Christianity, as well as the uniqueness of United Methodism. Topics to be covered include the life and ministry of John and Charles Wesley, how the Methodist Societies in England functioned, early Methodism in America, Methodist and EUB doctrine, and mergers and splits in American Methodism.
New Mexico Annual Conference
GCORR eBoard Meeting
GCORR Summer eboard meeting
The studies will be: Spiritual Growth - Seeking Health and Wholeness Social Action - What About Our Money? A Faith Response Geographic - Missionary Conferences of The United Methodist Church in The United States (repeat study) Youth - Is It Just Money? Children - Money Matters
Board Meeting Sessions
GCORR Board Meeting - Europe: Migration
GCORR Board Meeting: Europe - Migration
AIDS is not over! Over 37 million persons around the globe are HIV or AIDS positive and the church can play a pivotal role in the eradication of this disease that has taken the lives of millions of God's people. This quadrennial event is for everyone concerned about the HIV and AIDS crisis in the United States and around the globe. The theme is "Breaking Barriers...saving lives, reducing stigma, increasing awareness". Registration fee is: $125. Partial scholarships are available. Sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee.
Meeting of the Council of Bishops
Council of Bishops Learning Retreat
GCORR eBoard meetings are held twice a year.
GCORR Winter eboard meeting
This is the largest and most extensive training, spiritual-growth and networking event for leaders of camp and retreat ministries within The United Methodist Church.
2020 General Conference
We hope you will join us on Friday August 25th at Palmyra First United Methodist Church for our 2nd Annual Friday Fest at First.