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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.

A night of Southern Gospel Music. Local soloist, groups and instrumentalist meeting to worship and sing some of the old and new gospel songs.

Would you like to prepare to do “pulpit supply” or lead worship with your pastor? This course 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 class has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries, and is the “worship” class required for Lay Speaker certification.

The fourth Global gathering of United Methodist and Wesleyan related ministries with and of those who are Deaf, late deafened, hard of hearing and Deaf-blind. Presentations on Deaf ministries in such countries as South Korea, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Brazil and in the United States. An optional 10-hour course on Deaf Lay Servant certification will be offered. Post-conference activities include an extended weekend stay in Dallas or sightseeing and worship at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. All denominations and students of American Sign Language and other languages are welcome.

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."

GBOD Board Meeting Session

In a deeply divided world, it can be challenging to preach words of grace and hope to our congregations. This year’s Summer Preaching Seminar can help equip and inspire you. Featuring Paul Scott Wilson on the topic “Getting to Grace: The Joy of Preaching,” the 2017 Summer Preaching Seminar will take place Aug. 9-11 on the campus of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Join us for this 3-day seminar and renew your passion for preaching the Good News.

here is always room at God’s table for everyone! Come experience inclusive worship. Stay to learn more about ways to be in ministry with people with mental health, sensory, intellectual and other disabilities.

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

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 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. The primary objective for this course is to enable the Lay Speaker to effectively prepare and lead various prayer forms, primarily in worship settings.

Annual Conference Session

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 online 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.

Learn about the history, heritage, beliefs, mission and culture of The United Methodist Church. This is one of the core Lay Servant Ministries classes, but everyone is welcome. This online workshop at will 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.

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.

Designed for part-time local pastors and certified lay ministers, but open to any person, clergy or lay, this course focuses on the nuts and bolts of administration in the small church. This course will cover understanding your own style, the rhythm of the church year, annual reporting and preparing for charge conference, dealing with resistance, and leading change.

Are you looking for new ways to financially support your church’s ministry? Rosanna Anderson is joined by the Rev. Rozario Picardo, a church planter who serves as executive pastor of New Church Development at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio. He will share ideas from his book published by Abingdon in 2016.

This interactive webinar will provide tips and strategies for breaking away from your electronic devises. Learn ideas for reconnecting with those around you to improve your well-being.

This workshop will help you build a youth ministry that is effective and sustainable, giving you the tools to build a solid, disciple-making youth ministry that continues from year to year.

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 is a two-week course designed to familiarize learners with the basics of building, planning, and teaching online courses; the fundamentals of using the Blackboard software; and the mission of the Institute for Discipleship and This course is required for all instructors before building their own courses on, but is only required once, no matter how many classes an instructor builds or leads.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence occurs in all communities, regardless of a person’s age, ethnicity or socio-economic status — and the physical, mental and spiritual effects of such violence for all involved can be devastating. Do you know how to spot the signs and act to help someone in your church or community? This workshop from professor and researcher Martha Banks will focus on a Christian response to domestic violence and will provide resources and will equip churches, pastors and laity to support victims of domestic abuse. This course has been endorsed by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) in the East Ohio conference. This $45 course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.

Learning the sacred stories of Scripture by heart and sharing them with others is a powerful spiritual practice. 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.

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 United Methodist documents to include art, music, film and video resources to enrich our understanding and participation in the sacrament. Recent conversation in The United Methodist Church about the communion table in the digital age will be included.

Annually, the charge conference meets with the district superintendent, clergy, leaders, and members of local congregations. The staff-parish relations committee prepares and recommends pastoral compensation; finance prepares the budget; nominations prepares recommendations of leaders; ministry leaders prepare ministry plans; the lay leader and the council work with the pastor to complete the church conference reports. Additional teaching areas will focus on tools needed for preparing a narrative budget, understanding your congregation’s missional needs, and engaging leaders to implement new ministries that connect with your community. This webinar will help leaders to gain insights about preparing, praying and celebrating the annual reporting for charge conference.

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.

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 happened at General Conference 2016 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? Answers to all of these questions and more in this online class at

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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)

Annual Conference Session

Semi-annual meeting of the Council of Bishops

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.

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.

Annual Conference Session

Zimbabwe West Annual Conference will meet.

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

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

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

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.

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

Arkansas Annual Conference