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Join the Aquinas Center of Theology for a screening of the film Babette’s Feast.
All participants in the body of Christ depend on the spiritual gifts God has given them. Those gifts differ but they provide the foundation for whatever ministry we do. Learn more about your spiritual gifts — and how to help your congregation learn more about theirs — in this two-week course. This online course, taught by Rev. Beth Perry, is Discipleship Ministries-approved and fulfills the Spiritual Gifts requirement for Lay Servant certification. However, anyone may take this class and learn more about their spiritual gifts! This course costs $70 and is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
Does your congregation have “enough” of everything? “Enough” of anything? Is it a “glass half full” or a “glass half empty” place? Do folks envy churches that are bigger or richer or more (fill in the blank)? This course will provide you with specific, practical tools that you can use in your congregation immediately to get “unstuck” and moving with a mentality of abundance instead of one of scarcity.
Do you find writing a 3-5 minute children’s sermon more intimidating than a 20 minute adult sermon? Fear not — course instructor Elaine Short has been preaching children’s sermons for many years and can help you to be more comfortable writing and delivering a sermon to the children in your church. This online course costs $25 and is eligible for 0.5 CEU.
We’re making Advent outreach easier than ever. Join our webinar on Tuesday, September 26 as we tour the full line of Advent outreach resources for 2017. This includes everything from downloadables to sermon starters to printed items and social media assets. There are five design options to choose from, including a “build-your-own” template. Register today! We’ll see you on Tuesday, September 26.
Annual Conference Session
The United Methodist Men of the North Georgia Conference will have their Igniting Faith Retreat at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
Celebrate World Communion Sunday on Oct. 1 ,2017. The World Communion Sunday offering funds graduate racial-ethnic World Communion Scholarships, with at least one-half of the annual amount reserved for ministries beyond the United States. Donations also provide for undergraduate U.S. Ethnic Scholarships and Ethnic In-Service Training programs.
The Common English Bible (CEB) is the latest translation that is supported by The United Methodist Church. In this short course, we will examine the unique translation features of the CEB and what it means to United Methodists in Bible study, preaching, and personal reflection. This course is designed as a continuing education course for certified lay ministers and clergy and is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price: $30.00
Is your community home to a lot of retiring Boomers who are unchurched? Have you discovered that Baby Boomers may be a key group to target in outreach and evangelism programs? Then this is the webinar for you! The webinar will help churches who are wanting to build a Boomer Ministry from the ground up or help take their present Boomer Ministry to the next level. It begins by covering tools and assessments to help the church leader to develop a Boomer Ministry strategy.
Faithful and creative leaders are experimenting in replicating healthy ministry through multi-site, repositioning, creative partnerships and closing. The Missouri Annual Conference is excited to host this time of structured learning and candid conversation for conference leaders and church planters. Connectional leaders Jacob Armstrong, Andrew Forrest, Bishop Robert Farr, Jasmine Smothers and Matt Miofsky will teach us how to avoid putting new wine into old wineskins. Join us October 9-11, 2017, in St. Louis for this national gathering.
Christians, Jews, Muslims — all members of faiths that claim descent from Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, in whose family God promised “all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Five thousand years later their spiritual descendants are often trapped in mutual suspicion, misunderstanding and conflict. What can we do, as followers of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to encourage safety and peace in our own locations? This 5-week pre-Advent spiritual journey into friendship finishes before Thanksgiving (instead of taking up Advent time).
Based on the United Methodist Theologian and Philosopher John B. Cobb, Jr.’s “definitive book on the nature of God,” this course provides a lay person’s introduction to Process-Relational theology, a theological school of thought that has broad appeal with the Wesleyan tradition. In this course, we will work our way through Cobb’s vision God as proclaimed in the ministry of Jesus and how that vision of God can help us become forces of positive transformation in the world guided by persuasive love. This course is designed as a continuing education course for certified lay ministers, and clergy. Students are required to have access to a copy of Jesus’ Abba: The God Who Has Not Failed by John B.Cobb. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price: $40.00
The history, heritage, beliefs, mission and culture of The United Methodist Church for anyone – newcomer or longtime member – who wants to know what’s distinctive about being a United Methodist Christian. We’ll explore the special gifts of theology, witness and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the Church universal, how we got where we are today and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st-century church. This $70 class is one of the core Lay Servant Ministries classes, but everyone is welcome.
This online course will 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 two-week interactive course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs just $45.
Our country, churches and our even lives are engaged in emotionally charged, high-stakes conversations. Holding firm to our convictions while listening with courtesy and respect can be a challenge. Identify key words, practices and concepts that can help set a compass bearing for how you can be attentive to respectful, considerate conversations, especially with those who have significantly different views from your own. Price: $30
“If prayer is so important, why is it so hard?” During this five-week online study, participants will examine their own prayer life and be challenged to see and experience prayer in some new ways. Emphasis is on putting into practice what you are learning about prayer. Geared for those new to prayer as well as seasoned prayer warriors, this course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $55 to participate.
United Methodist Communications Training offers online courses, with professional instruction available on your time. We can teach you how to engage with your congregation online, reach out to seekers and share God’s love with the latest Internet tools.
Is your community changing? What is gentrification? Is your community affected by urban sprawl? How does community transformation shape contextual ministry in your area? Is building key relationships within the community challenging? What should the focus be, and where should the church begin to develop its outreach mission? This webinar will explore general community information to help congregational leaders gain a greater understanding of needs, challenges, discipleship practices and ministry opportunities.
Discipleship Ministries Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting. The Curriculum Resources Committee will meet October 11, prior to the full board of directors meeting.
Designed for part-time local pastors and certified lay ministers, but open to any person, clergy or lay, this course provides a clear understanding of the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion. It includes practical guidance for interpreting the sacraments to others, as well as how to address difficult situations in the parish. Topics to be covered include God’s initiative and human response in baptism, how to deal with someone who wants to be re-baptized, understanding one’s own role in the sacraments, and making communion more meaningful. Price: $49
United Methodist Candler School of Theology will hold a Service of Word and Table to recognize veterans. Guest preacher Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben is Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Navy.
About GITC Ministries/Get In The Car Missions It all started during a Sunday service in the fall of 2005 when Pastor George Spencer announced that there was a mission trip forming in January of 2006 to help people of the Gulf Coast after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the congregation was invited. “We don’t know where we are going, we don’t know what we are going to do and we don’t know where we are staying. If you need any more details we don’t have any. If this sounds like a trip you are interested in, let me know.” Nine people from New Hope United Methodist Church, in Shelby Township, Michigan, felt a “tap” on the shoulder that particular Sunday and signed up for the trip. The handful of volunteers that formed the January 2006 mission team went to Gautier, Miss. They witnessed the love of the Lord in ways that has forever changed their lives. A second mission team was then planned for March 2006 and three went to VIM (Volunteers In Mission) leadership training. The second team returned to Gautier two months later as planned, equipped with VIM leadership training and a new tool trailer. After their return, a vision of filling the trailer full of tools and having it available to churches throughout the Michigan Conferences to use for the continued reconstruction effort of the Gulf Coast was taking shape. By the end of April 2006, Get In The Car 1 was already in the works as a two week trip headed to Gautier that October. In support of the trip and tool trailer, a 100 Mile bicycle fundraiser was planned. The First Spirit’s Fire ride took place the weekend before Labor Day. Since then, we have added a second tool trailer and The Dave McCormick VIM Memorial Scholarship to the program, and are working prayerfully to follow where Christ has called us to in the future. Our vision is to take away any excuse had about being part of a mission team, be it locally, nationally, or internationally, and replace it with the encouragement, tools assistance and prayers to continually reach out to those in need and be “the Hands and Feet of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”. GITC MInistries is now located inside of Davisburg United Methodist Church, in Davisburg, MI. Join us as we travel for our 41st week to the Gulf Coast since 2006 to be in mission with those affected by not only the storms that have ravaged the area since 2006 but also the storms of life that have added to the destruction of the weather. "Being in ministry with people instead of for them has changed the way our eyes see the world and those that look at us as Christians", states Eric, founding member of GITC. "We are all in this together and geographical location or financial status means nothing when trouble arrives...in any form." Through the teachings of Christ and loads of prayer, we continue on the journey that began over 2000 when Jesus first reached out his hand to someone in need. It didn't matter who they were or where they were from His hand reached out and lifted them. Not only did Jesus meet them where they were, He didn't leave them there. We at GITC hope that when out time here on earth is over we didn't leave any person where we met them, but one step closer to our Lord and Savior. Just like Peter on the water, "without the storm, there can be no miracle!"
Stewardship doesn't have to be painful! Stewardship really means that we are taking good care of our ministries and physical property. This Lay Servant-approved class goes beyond thinking in terms of ‘dollars contributed’ to see stewardship as becoming living examples of the gospel. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
If you’re involved with Sunday school in any way, you've no doubt noticed that things have changed. Join us for this course as we explore ways to handle the challenges of the 21st century Sunday school such as declining enrollment, erratic attendance, competition with other activities, lack of volunteers and budget cuts. We’ll also talk about approaches to doing Sunday school a different way or at a different time. This three-week online course is eligible for 1.0 CEU, and costs just $45.
Have you every wanted to bring Christian education materials to a wider audience? Perhaps online teaching is right for you. Online learning allows for great flexibility — anyone with a reasonable internet connection can participate in your course. Participants all start on the same day, move through materials together, and end on the same day. 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. This course teaches the basics of building, planning, and teaching online courses and covers the fundamentals of using the Blackboard software. Eligible for 1.0 CEU; price: $100
This course invites you to grow deeper in your own faith and, as you do, reflect on why you believe God is good, articulate your faith in a way that is authentic to that belief, and develop creative practices that grow from those beliefs. It also equips you to implement those creative practices in a congregational setting.
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will play host to small- and medium- sized church choirs at this weekend of music and worship.
ReCall Summit — a time for United Methodists to redefine, reimagine, reposition and respond to race and multiculturalism.
Join us as we delve deep into God’s heart for diversity, inclusivity, and justice in our communities. Each of our unique gifts strengthen the Body of Christ, helping us become local agents for community transformation. Explore how multiethnic and multiclass ministry can take your church community deeper in becoming the hands and feet of Christ on earth. Whether you yearn to take the next step in reaching out to a community that is different from the people who sit in the pews on Sunday, or are already engaged in multicultural ministry and desire for it to grow, this event is right for you! When: October 21-23, 2017 Where: UM Church for All People (946 Parsons Avenue; Columbus, OH 43206)
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.
Annual Conference Session
Semi-annual meeting of the Council of Bishops
This online course from pastor and former Worship Resources Director at GBOD Daniel Benedict will focus on basic understandings of worship, gaining skills for Lay Servants planning and leading worship, and fulfill requirements for Lay Speaker Certification. Particular emphasis will be given to students’ role in relation to other leaders and the congregation. This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries and fulfills the "worship" requirement for LSM certification.
The primary objective for this Lay Servant Ministries-approved course is to enable the Lay Speaker to effectively prepare and lead various prayer forms, primarily in worship settings. This course may challenge some of your assumptions, test some of your preconceived ideas, stretch your thinking and enrich your prayer life. It will, at the very least, present you with an opportunity to grow in the discipline of leading prayer. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $70.
Learning Retreat for the Council of Bishops
Is your church ready to receive gifts that won’t necessarily come through the offering plate? Do you have a strategy in place for gifts that might take the form of an endowment, memorial gifts, or gifts of property, stocks, or valuable collectibles? If you were approached by someone offering a larger gift would you know how to respond? Join us as we explore how these gifts “above and beyond” might help your church achieve greater mission and witness!
"Storytelling for Preachers" will guide participants in telling stories in a relevant way in ministry. Rev. Dr. Williams is a frequent guest speaker and workshop leader at regional, national, and international storytelling events. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and has taught at the National Institutes of Storytelling. He is the author or editor of twenty non-fiction books, and has written three plays that have been produced. His poetry has appeared in The Souther Poetry Review, Appalachian Heritage, Southern Humanities Review, Cold Mountain Review, Still, The Pikeville Review, and other journals. While a student at Northwestern, a collection of his poems won an American Academy of Poets prize.
Over a three-day period, participants will explore and experience how grief and loss touch our lives physically, emotionally and spiritually. They will equally have the opportunity to support Crossnor School and Children's Home, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with some hands-on service. (Not required to participate...all is invitational) Whether your loss is recent or you've been on the journey for sometime, you're invited to share in this time of support, remembrance and reflection.
revitup! For a Lifetime in Ministry is an event for young clergy ages 25-39 hosted by Wespath Benefits and Investments. This event is a unique opportunity for young clergy to strengthen their personal, financial and leadership skills in order to sustain a life in ministry. Plan to attend this year's event, November 13-15, 2017 in Pensacola Beach, Florida.
Annual Conference Session
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 Interfaith 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. Lodging and meal packages are available at Lake Junaluska.
Celebrate United Methodist Student Day on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. Gifts to United Methodist Student Day offering help deserving United Methodist students continue their education and faith journeys as they strive to make a difference in the world and discern what God has called them to do.
Do you get distracted when praying? Is it hard to focus on God and prayer? Do you learn best when you can get your hands on things? If you answered yes and you struggle with prayer then register now for Tactile Prayer.
This short course is a beginning, considering Jesus’ call to love, not fear, not tolerate, but love others, because Jesus has loved us. It is a journey that is very relevant to today’s world. Participants must purchase the new book, "Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love" by Bishop William H. Willimon, which is not included in the course fee. This short course is a beginning, considering Jesus’ call to love, not fear, not tolerate, but love Others, because Jesus has loved us. It is a journey that is very relevant to today’s world.
Annual Conference Session
Worship is fundamental to the life and experience of any faith community’s practicing members and a central part of our faith formation and maturing process. Most of us evolve over time in our worship desires and abilities. As we do so we discover one simple truth: older adults, including Boomers, worship differently.
Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry at scenic Lake Junaluska.
Annual Conference Session
eBoard meetings are held twice a year.
GCORR winter eboard meeting
Annual Conference Session
Zimbabwe West Annual Conference will meet.
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
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
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
Chicago - Race & Gun Violence
GCORR Board Meeting: Race & Gun Violence
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
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
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.
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
General meeting - 2018
Board Meeting Sessions
GCORR Board Meeting - Europe: Migration
GCORR Board Meeting: Europe - Migration
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.
General meeting - 2019
2020 General Conference
General meeting - 2020
Arkansas Annual 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.