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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.

How can we let the sermon be more about God than about what we need to do? Can the sermon reveal a God who doesn't want to put more on our plates but instead wants to give us the power to act with God in the world? Sam Parkes and Dawn Chesser discuss The Four Pages method of preaching, by which preachers can build a sermon that is clear, memorable, and preachable without notes.

United Methodist deacons in full and provisional membership and candidacy are welcome to participate in this opportunity to meet other deacons and receive encouragement and new ideas for ministry.

Deacon Dialogue 201 June 28, 2017. 1 to 7 p.m. Loyola University Lakeshore Campus | Simpson Meeting Room (Building 34) 6333 N. Winthrop, Chicago, Illinois 60660

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!

Contemporary Christian artist Laura Story will perform on July 3 as part of Lake Junaluska's Independence Day Celebrations.

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.

Learn more about your spiritual gifts – and how to help your congregation learn more about theirs – in this two-week (12-day) course. Participants will interact via online discussions, journals, and videos throughout the two weeks. This online LSM course is approved by Discipleship Ministries and fulfills the 'Spiritual Gifts' credit of Lay Servant Ministry certification. This course is also eligible for 1.0 CEU for those who need a flexible way to earn credits online. Price: $70.00

It has been said that "Prayer is falling in love with God, over and over again.” In our age of turmoil and constant change, we need to cultivate an ongoing, interactive relationship with the one who created us. During this six-week course we will read, practice and reflect on chapters from Richard Foster’s book Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. Join us in exploring new ways of listening and responding to the heartbeat of God! Price: $45

The nominations leadership development committee in a vibrant, healthy congregation will identify, train and support spiritual leaders. This requires a plan beyond putting names into empty slots. Join our conversation about the dynamic role this very important committee plays in the life of any congregation.

Will your church be planning an annual campaign this year? It is an important piece, but it is just a piece of what could (and should) be a larger stewardship strategy for your church. Join us as we explore the annual campaign resources, time-tested tools and a year-round strategy to keep generosity before your people all the time!

General Commission on Religion and Race eboard meeting

Stewardship feels like a dirty word in most churches. However, stewardship really means that we are taking good care of our ministries and physical property. This class challenges you to become stewards-in-action in all God has entrusted to us. We will go beyond thinking in terms of ‘dollars contributed’ to see stewardship as becoming living examples of the gospel. Lay Servant Ministries Approved and eligible for 1.0 CEU.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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.

Annual Conference Session

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.

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.

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

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