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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.

Learn more about your spiritual gifts — and how to help your congregation learn more about theirs — in this two-week course. This online course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries and qualifies for 10 contact hours for Lay Speakers (equivalent 1 CEU). Price: $70.00

Here is your chance to ask the experts at United Methodist Communications all of your questions about social media and how your church can utilize it for meaningful ministry and effective outreach.

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.

This is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. ---- Who is the troublemaker in your group of students? Who is the kid who distracts all the others or simply makes your job ten times harder? Who is the kid you find it hard to stay mad at because you know what his or her home life is like? If a particular student’s face has come to mind, then this course is for you, whether you serve children and youth as a paid staff member or as a volunteer in a school, nonprofit program, or the local church. This course will equip you with helpful tools and inspire you with hope-filled stories. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $35.

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

This Immersion Event will help participants with a better understanding of the history of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.

For many of these artists this is their soul income with no means to sell, market or promote for themselves.Through churches hosting the Appalachian Craft Fair we bring the crafts to your town to help market for the people in this economically challenged area. We bring to you unique handmade crafts of high quality from 46 artists in the Southeastern region of Kentucky. (A remote area in the Appalachian mountains.) We have a wide variety of crafts to choose from: turned wood, dulcimers, hickory furniture, jewelry, weaving, reed baskets, pottery, wood kitchen utensils, toys, coal figurines, and much much more.

11 Mar 2018

Gifts on this United Methodist Special Sunday support the administrative costs of the United Methodist Committee on Relief so that all designated gifts will go to the program of the giver’s choice. Your contribution ensures UMCOR’s response in times of crisis.

This is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. Unabashedly taught from a Christian perspective, this course has 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

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.

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.

This is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. Have you ever been to a church that has words to songs up on a screen for all to see? Have you seen other uses of technology before, during, and after a church service? Wanted to implement them in your church? This online course will show you how! You'll learn how incorporate technology into all aspects of your church service: worship, administrative, evangelism, and more. You’ll learn about projecting words to hymns and other enhancements to worship service, how to record services and then use them later to post on Youtube or create DVDs for shut ins, learn about resources that will help you in creating your worship service, get a basic guide on various Microsoft Office products, and more. This course will also ask the students to create a service as a project to be turned in at the end. Come learn how you can enhance your service to your church! This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $60 per participant.

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., prepare for your children and youth programs with this five-day online workshop. Participants will learn why congregations should have an up-to-date policy, what the policy includes generally and specifically, and how to get a policy written, approved, and implemented – or edited. This course is eligible for 0.5 CEU and costs $50.

The Intersections conference brings together college administrators and faculty members, chaplains, student life staff members, students, church leaders, and others interested in the impact of increased religious diversity on campuses and the importance of interfaith engagement. The purpose of the gathering is to establish a forum for the consideration of ideas, approaches, and questions, relating to religious diversity on college campuses. The conference will include: Discussions of key historical events associated with the expansion of interfaith engagement within the U.S.; Exploration of specific programmatic models for interfaith engagement being employed on U.S. campuses; Consideration of trends and future opportunities stemming from increased religious diversity upon college campuses.

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 is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. Dynamic praise and worship causes us to be excited about going to church and look forward to every service. 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. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price: $40.00

This is an online course, meaning you can participate as your schedule allows. This course will focus on gaining skills for Lay Servants planning and leading worship. It fulfills requirements for “Leading Worship” and “Planning Worship” for Lay Speaker Certification. We will explore our United Methodist worship history and the current authoritative “Basic Pattern” of worship and Holy Communion, and various settings and approaches where Lay Servants and Certified Lay Speakers may lead worship. We will also explore the work of reading Scripture, leading prayer, assisting at the Lord’s Supper and baptism, and other roles in worship leadership. This course is eligible for 1.5 CEU. Price: $85.00

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.

Author, feminist theorist and social critic bell hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence and founder of the bell hooks Institute at Berea College in Kentucky. A reception will follow the lecture.

This is an online retreat, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. 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 — while maintaining a strong learning environment. 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 two-week 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.

This is an online course, meaning you can participate as fits your schedule. Use your spiritual gifts to help others! As Christians “we follow Jesus and do what Jesus did — love, serve, reach, teach, pray.” This course is designed to help both laity and clergy develop their skills in caring ministry and will help Christians minister to one another. It introduces basic counseling and guidance skills and examines the counseling techniques used by Jesus. We’ll practice modelling the use of these practices when ministering to premarital couples, married couples, divorced couples, families, depressed and suicidal persons, sick, dying and bereaved persons. If your church has or would like to start a lay caring ministry, this course is an excellent way to train volunteers. It will also help clergy brush up on pastoral care skills. This course is not meant to replace professional counseling, and you may still need to refer individuals to a professional therapist for additional help. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price: $50.

Situated in the peaceful setting of Saint Francis Prayer Center, in Stoneville, NC, this time apart will offer space for stories, good conversation, reflection, prayer, solitude and an opportunity for some creative means of grace…. such as photography, writing, art, quilting and yoga…. as participants are invited to bless and affirm “This Odd and Wondrous Calling” to representative ministry. Cost for Room, Board and Programing: Double: $250 Single $300 To register please contact Leslee Wray by email: lindentreeministries@gmail.com or phone: 704-984-0066 Check may be made payable to Linden Tree Ministries or if you would like to pay by credit card Leslee can invoice you through Paypal.

If you’re struggling with whether to go to a one room Sunday school or how to reach biblically illiterate kids who only attend your program every few weeks, this three week course can help. We'll explore ways to handle the challenges of declining enrollment, erratic attendance, competition with other activities, lack of volunteers, and budget cuts. We’ll also talk about the possibility of doing Sunday school a different way or at a different time, intergenerational ministry and worship, and ways to introduce them in your church. You will be able to access this course at your own convenience; a minimum of four to five hours per week is necessary to benefit from the course content. Price: $45. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.

This is a four-week online course on mentoring as a dynamic relationship among a mentor, a young person and the Holy Spirit that 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.

"Jesus in the 21st Century," a lecture David F. Ford, asks how the Gospel of John's account of Jesus should be understood in the 21st century.

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.

Program: Multiple courses will be offered over 5 periods, including: Boy Scouts – Starting a new Unit Building Duty-to-God into your Unit Scout Program Chaplain Training Clergy’s Guide to Scouting in the Methodist Church COR Training (Charter Organization Rep) Girl Scouts – Starting a new Troop P.R.A.Y. Programs: Organizing a Program Scout’s Own Services Scout Sunday Observances Volunteer Recognition (Methodist) YPT and Safe Sanctuary Cost: $0 (Free). Includes patch.

Gifts to Native American Ministries Sunday provide scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians, strengthen and develop Native American ministries and communities, both urban and rural, and support Native American outreach at the annual conference level.

This is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. Want to better communicate with your congregation and your world? This course will show you how. In this two week course, we’ll look at how technology can be used in the church to enhance service, communications, advertisement of events and more. We’ll review communication resources like texting (with and without a cell phone), website creation, a text & email communication system, Google Docs, and a polling system. You’ll participate in daily assignments such as discussing types of technology and will have small projects assigned and reviewed by the instructor. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $60 per participant.

Try something fun with a lot of new ideas for using biblical storytelling in worship and teaching! This workshop explores a number of storytelling genres as well as telling the biblical text, including midrash, chancel drama, first-person storytelling, puppetry, and more. The workshop also offers specific ideas for using and not abusing voice and body, enhancing tellings with props, digital media and more with children and adults. It also suggests ways to deepen your practice of this art as a personal spiritual discipline. This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course for Lay Servant Ministries, and is eligible for 1.5 CEUs.

This lecture by David F. Ford asks how reconciliation should be understood and pursued by Christians today, paying special attention to differences between religions and religious-secular engagement.

The Congregational Care Ministry Seminar is designed for volunteers to become equipped to come alongside pastors and staff to provide care for the congregation.

This is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. 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! Students will need the book Start Here, by Barbara Bruce, and should read it before the course begins. In the first week, participants will look at the context and setting of teaching – elements like the Role of the Teacher, Influential Factors, etc. In the second week, participants will explore the process of teaching (elements like Teaching Methods, Creating a Teaching Session Plan, etc.) and write their own Mission Statement for teaching. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU (10 contact hours) and costs $65.

Navigate is a one-day event designed to help church leaders grow in the area of discipleship development. This year’s conference keynote speakers will be Mike Schreiner and Ken Willard, authors of “Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for your Church”. Topics covered at this event will be Discipleship Development to Leadership Development, Communicating Your Discipleship Pathway, Ministry Alignment for Discipleship, and Creating a Discipleship Pathway for your Church Size.

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson of the North Georgia Conference will be hosting a lunch to promote Boy Scout & Girl Scout programs at United Methodist Churches in the conference, to recognize their importance as an outreach ministry and to encourage the promotion of "Duty-to-God" elements of the program.

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

A gathering of pastors serving in congregations different than themselves in race and culture to be re-tooled, equipped and affirmed as they are sent to navigate in this troubled world.

Commission on the GC meeting

This is an online retreat, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. It counts as credit toward the Wesleyan Studies certification from Wesley Theological Seminary and the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship. Religions are intimately connected in our ever-shrinking world. We need to be both deeply formed by Christian sources and broadly informed by interreligious resources to engage this world with confidence and graciousness. This course invites you to cultivate a missional presence in the world that is passionately Christian as well as compassionately interreligious. It accompanies you through various religious beliefs, practices, and communities to learn about unexpected divine wisdom in unexpected places. 2.0 CEUs are available. Price: $50

This is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. 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)? Instructor Rev. Beth Galbreath has heard a lot of folks’ worries about churches struggling to stay alive. She’s also heard bishops preach to church leaders about switching their focus to “Abundance!” And folks say, “Yeah, right, and how do we do that?” This course is one answer to that question. It will provide you with specific, practical tools that you can use in your congregation immediately to get “unstuck” and moving. And now is a great time to do it! Price: $55.00

Both new and experienced Sunday school teachers will grow in this three-week course. Sunday school superintendents and CE directors may also find the course useful for teacher training. The course will examine teaching children from preschool through 6th grade as a calling and ministry. Faith development in children (as well as children’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual age level characteristics), ways of using prayer and spiritual practices with children, the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of curriculum available, lesson planning, and the teaching environment are all covered, as well as ways to partner with students’ families and the rest of the congregation in their faith formation. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU and costs $45.

This is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. Ever had to present something to your church or your community? Ever thought about having a Bible Game night or other community or church recreational fun time? Well both topics will be discussed in this module of the Technology in the Church Series. Come learn how to engage an audience with technology. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price: $60

A unique chance to explore how photography and spirituality can inspire new perspectives on ourselves, our world and our faith. The tour will be led by Methodist Presbyter, Revd Dr Philip Richter, author of Spirituality in Photography. Set in the magnificent city of Rome, and based in Methodist accommodation overlooking the iconic Ponte Sant’Angelo, the tour takes place 24-29 May 2018.

Gifts on this Special Sunday support Peace with Justice ministries in your annual conference, administered by your conference Peace with Justice coordinator, and Peace with Justice work in the United States and around the world, administered by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. When you give today, you encourage people to live — not just preach — a gospel of peace.

During a two-week intensive immersion course, students will explore how norms of environmental and social responsibility are driving systems changes in two communities and they will analyze the potential for adopting such changes to their own communities.

This is a four-week online course on mentoring as a dynamic relationship among a mentor, a young person and the Holy Spirit that 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.

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

Theme: GET ON THE BOAT! "When Jesus got into the boat, his disciples followed him." (Matthew 8:23). Jesus tells his disciples, “Get on the boat!” Once on board, he teaches them, calms their fears, and launches them into mission. It’s no surprise the Church is symbolized by a boat and sail. Miracles happen when we get on board with Jesus. Come to Lake Junaluska this summer, and find your spot on His crew!

Theme: GET ON THE BOAT! "When Jesus got into the boat, his disciples followed him." (Matthew 8:23). Jesus tells his disciples, “Get on the boat!” Once on board, he teaches them, calms their fears, and launches them into mission. It’s no surprise the Church is symbolized by a boat and sail. Miracles happen when we get on board with Jesus. Come to Lake Junaluska this summer, and find your spot on His crew!

GCORR eBoard Meeting

GCORR Summer eboard meeting

20 Jul 2018

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

Theme: GET ON THE BOAT! "When Jesus got into the boat, his disciples followed him." (Matthew 8:23). Jesus tells his disciples, “Get on the boat!” Once on board, he teaches them, calms their fears, and launches them into mission. It’s no surprise the Church is symbolized by a boat and sail. Miracles happen when we get on board with Jesus. Come to Lake Junaluska this summer, and find your spot on His crew!

Theme: GET ON THE BOAT! "When Jesus got into the boat, his disciples followed him." (Matthew 8:23). Jesus tells his disciples, “Get on the boat!” Once on board, he teaches them, calms their fears, and launches them into mission. It’s no surprise the Church is symbolized by a boat and sail. Miracles happen when we get on board with Jesus. Come to Lake Junaluska this summer, and find your spot on His crew!

Theme: GET ON THE BOAT! "When Jesus got into the boat, his disciples followed him." (Matthew 8:23). Jesus tells his disciples, “Get on the boat!” Once on board, he teaches them, calms their fears, and launches them into mission. It’s no surprise the Church is symbolized by a boat and sail. Miracles happen when we get on board with Jesus. Come to Lake Junaluska this summer, and find your spot on His crew!

Must we reject belief in God to accept the findings of science? Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, hosts this ground-breaking series of lectures from Wesley Theological Seminary, in which several leading scientists, theologians, and philosophers explore the contrasts and similarities between religion and science. This group of experts considers if and how religion and science might coexist and even complement one another in the 21st century. This course counts for credit toward the Certification in Wesleyan Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary and BeADisciple.com, but is open to everyone. 2.0 CEUs are available for this $50.

GCORR Board Meeting - Europe: Migration

GCORR Board Meeting: Europe - Migration

Gifts to World Communion Sunday fund 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 Scholarship and Ethnic In-Service Training programs.

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

Gifts on this Special Sunday support United Methodist Student Day scholarships, administered by the denomination's Board of Higher Education and Ministry. When you give today, you enrich ministry and help connect students to their faith.

GCORR eBoard meetings are held twice a year.

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.