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Meeting for the Council of Bishops

Celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday on April 30, 2017. The Native American Ministries Sunday Special Sunday offering supports Native American outreach within annual conferences, provides seminary scholarships for Native Americans, strengthens, develops and equips Native American rural, urban and reservation congregations, ministries and communities.

The National Workshop on Christian Unity and United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (USA) are annual events for people interested in ecumenical and interreligious ministry in The United Methodist Church. It is a time for networking, learning and worship. (The Council of Bishops offers a few scholarships for young adult first-time participants.)

YOUNG PEOPLE’S GATHERING 2017 — A gathering of young people within the West Africa Central Conference hosted by the La Cote D’Ivoire United Methodist Church young people.

May 4-6, 2017, the Southwest District of the South Georgia Conference and Next Step Ministry will be sponsoring a conference at Veterans Memorial State Park in Cordele, Georgia for clergy and laity. The purpose will be to aid churches in attracting and engaging young people in our congregations.

The Russia Initiative and the rebirth of Methodism in Russia began with five congregations in 1992. With this initiative, partnerships began between United Methodist churches in the United States and Eurasia and have grown over the last 25 years. At the present time the Eurasia Episcopal Area comprises of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. "In Mission Together" is the program agency which brings partnerships together. Every two years, a consultation is held to bring these partnerships together and also to focus on a specific area. This event will focus on "Mission Movement... in Eurasia."

Join Dawn Chesser and the Rev. Wes Allen, Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, to discuss prophetic preaching and Allen's new book, "Preaching in the Era of Trump." Chesser will share how she is using the book in her teaching and preaching, and Allen will respond and answer questions.

How can we as pastors live in a way that respects family obligations while modeling generosity to our congregations? Faithfully managing our finances and being wise about savings and debt is a powerful witness. We will talk about ways to lead people from where they are in generosity and how to set and achieve the goals to get where they want to be.

This interactive webinar from Wespath Benefits and Investments will help participants will understand the diagnosis of pre-diabetes and steps to take to reverse it.

Electronic giving is not the future of charitable giving, it is the present reality. If your church is not offering this as an option for those who attend your church, you are missing out on generous giving. If there have been obstacles to making this option available to your church, we will talk about them in this webinar.

Contact the Red Bird Missionary Conference office to register or for any questions. The number is 606-598-5915.

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. This course enables the Lay Speaker to effectively prepare and lead various prayer forms, primarily in worship settings. This course is approved by Discipleship Ministries as a "Leading Prayer" course for LSM certification. Cost: $70

Join us for a conversation on shame and redemption with the Revs, Phil Jamieson and Lenn Harris Milam. Discussion will focus on Jamieson’s book, "The Face of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Theology of Shame and Redemption," and how we navigate our thoughts, feelings and actions in relationship to forgiven and redeemed people of God. Registration is FREE and includes lunch, but please register at

Learn how to create a digital/online ministry, such as a YouTube Bible Study, a text message prayer chain, a Google+ video discussion group, a website blog, etc.!

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. 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.

Texas Annual Conference

The New Mexico Conference gathers together annually for a time of worship, prayer, celebration, education, remembrance and discussion.

Detroit and West Michigan annual conference sessions

This webinar is designed for small-membership, rural and financially strapped churches to help them offer quality older adult ministry to their seniors. Based on requests for resources from Discipleship Ministries and the reporting of creative, unique older adult ministry practice, this webinar focuses on doing a few ministries well. It also concentrates on ways to adapt the practices of larger and better funded churches to the context of the small church. Finally, it offers tools for uncovering hidden assets and partnerships that will stretch resources much further.

The annual conference session of the Alaska United Methodist Conference.

2017 gathering of the South Georgia Annual Conference

The Rev. Don Avery is the speaker for the Roberts United Methodist Church Pentecost celebration. New Praisers Liturgical Dance team will dance and a special guest jazz band will perform to close us out and lead the church to serve in new spaces in a second line. So bring your red, yellow or white handkerchief!

Northern Illinois Annual Conference

Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference

South Georgia Annual Conference session

Being a caregiver is tough work — whether part-time or full-time. This course gives you the tools and support you need to maintain your own physical, emotional and spiritual health as you care for others. Join us for this interactive overview of the most current research and literature written specifically for today’s caregivers. Price: $45.00

Great Plains Annual Conference

Theme is Revive Us, Again

Members of the annual conference will kick off a $2.5 million campaign to endow spiritual life programs at the five conference agencies that minister to children and youth. These agencies have been affected by the state budget impasse, and the endowed money would ensure that spiritual life ministries continue at these agencies. The campaign carries the name, "Our Conference, Our Kids."

Our annual conference is open for all to attend not just delegates and clergy the whole family attends.

Celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday on June 11, 2017. Gifts on Peace with Justice Sunday fund programs that advocate for peace and justice in the United States and around the world. These programs empower United Methodists to speak out for removing structures and systems that harm God’s children globally.

Each of these three-day youth group events offers morning and evening sessions with high energy worship, guest preachers, mission components and a focus on giving.

48th Annual Session of the East Ohio Annual Conference

New England Annual Conference session.

The Western North Carolina Annual Conference will start with worship at 10:30 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 23 and end with worship at 10:00 a.m. June 25, 2017. Information is updated regularly at

Music & Worship Arts Week is an event highlighting education, worship, the arts and renewal in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina at Lake Junaluska. It is designed for worship leaders of all ages: musicians, artists, dancers, actors and pastors.

Join John Philip Newell, a poet, peacemaker and scholar from Edinburgh who has written more than 15 books and is a leading expert on Celtic Spirituality for an enlightening weekend at Lake Junaluska.

Join us at Lake Junaluska for July 4th. The weekend includes three concerts, a parade, special meals and much more. Lodging and meals packages are available.

The summer worship series includes a spirited traditional worship service on Sunday mornings in Stuart Auditorium at 10:45 a.m. and a contemplative Taize service of prayer and song on Monday evenings. Join us for transformative worship and fellowship!

The Lake Junaluska Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 4 in Stuart Auditorium. This performance is part of the Lake Junaluska Independence Day Celebrations which will include two other concerts, a BBQ picnic, parade, family-friendly games and activities, and fireworks!

Effective leadership depends on being able to separate your personal anxieties from the issues that affect your church or organization. Based on Edwin’s Friedman’s seminal work, "Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue," this course will provide you with a basic understanding of how to begin the journey toward becoming an effective, non-anxious leader. Learn why understanding your own family of origin is the key to effective leadership, what you can do to grow in this capacity and the most important characteristic of effective leaders. This course offers 2.0 CEUs. Price: $99

Don’t go near Indianapolis in July If you want to stay in your comfort zone, don’t plan to be in Indianapolis July 7 or 8. If you are in that city, don’t go near St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. In that Indianapolis church, United Methodist Men will be challenged to leave their comfort zones to combat domestic violence, engage in accountability groups, and learn that “discipleship” is a “contact sport.” Featured speakers for the July meeting include: Mississippi Area Bishop James Swanson Sr., president of the denomination's Commission on United Methodist Men; South Carolina Area Bishop Jonathan Holston; Shan Foster, national director of MEND, a YWCA program combating domestic violence; and the Rev. Kevin Watson, assistant professor of Methodist and Wesleyan Studies at Candler School of Theology and author of "The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience." You are warned to avoid attending this event as you will have to make difficult choices. On Saturday, you will have to choose among a host of practical workshops and several mission projects. To make that decision-making process even more difficult, you could also elect to participate in a fun event that will force you to make friends with strangers. Also, don’t plan to bring your wife to Indianapolis. You’ll be forced to choose between one of 30 carefully selected motels and dine in some of the fine restaurants. You will have to choose among side trips to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Museum of Art, the Central Canal, the Indiana War Memorial, the Eiteljor Museum, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the State Capitol, and the Civil War Museum and Soldiers and Sailors Monument. As you can see, travel to Indianapolis this July could reduce your time watching television reruns and you could miss the day you would normally mow your lawn. You have been warned.

General Commission on Religion and Race eboard meeting

Division on Ministry with Young People Annual Meeting

Discipleship Ministries Quarterly Board Meeting/Retreat

Come to Lake Junaluska ready to renew yourself Native American Conference. Challenge yourself to participate in a Spiritual Walk around the lake. Learn about substance abuse, historical trauma and health issues. Participate in the talent show and ice cream social. Lodging and meals are available through Lake Junaluska.

The term “good death” seems like an oxymoron on the surface. Most people do not associate death with anything good. Instead, a less morbid term could be a faithful death. This webinar begins by looking at what a faithful death looks like. It will focus on techniques to assist older adult ministry leaders to help those they serve by imagining their own deaths and overcoming fears of the unknown.

The Lake Junaluska Singers will perform during Junaluska Associates weekend. All are welcome to attend the Lake Junaluska Singers concert, and tickets will be available online or in the Bethea Welcome Center.

This year’s theme, Living with Grace, will carry throughout the weekend of worship, workshops, professional training and fellowship geared toward those in the second half of life. Designed for individuals, couples, small groups or church leaders. Sponsored by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Association of Older Adults, it is an experience of inspiration and renewal.

Active clergy of all ages are invited to be inspired at the Clergy Benefits Academy.

The Festival of Wisdom and Grace, sponsored by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Association of Older Adults, is geared towards ministries for adults 50 and older. The theme this year is "Forgiveness: Living in Grace."

The area of congregational development is focused on providing congregational leaders with the latest ideas, information, resources and training for creating vital ministries in existing churches. The School of Congregational Development (SCD) is a premier event for United Methodist leaders for equipping conference leaders, clergy, and laity to lead vital, dynamic, life-changing congregations. Join us at Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta August 17-20, 2017, for this year's SCD gathering. For more information, visit

GCORR meeting in the Philippines: Multicultural & Indigenous Issues

GCORR Philippines board meeting

If you are a new Sunday school teacher or an experienced teacher who wants to grow, this three-week online course is for you. We will cover faith development as well as children’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual age level characteristics, and explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of curriculum available.

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.

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.

Discipleship Ministries Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting. The Curriculum Resources Committee will meet October 11, prior to the full board of directors meeting.

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will play host to small- and medium- sized church choirs at this weekend of music and worship.

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)

Semi-annual meeting of the Council of Bishops

Learning Retreat for the Council of Bishops

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.

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.

eBoard meetings are held twice a year.

Zimbabwe West Annual Conference will meet.

Chicago - Race & Gun Violence

GCORR Board Meeting: Race & Gun Violence

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

Semi-Annual meeting of the Council of Bishops

GCORR eBoard Meeting

GCORR Summer eboard meeting

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.