Correction – 1/29 workshops will be held at All Saints UMC
The Corridor District is pleased to announce workshops in January 2017. The workshops will provide pastors and church leaders training and reflection on congregational vitality.
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The 7 workshops address topics of interest to participants in our 2016 Charge Conferences. The topics were collected in the Charge Conferences, and they are offered, as follows:
Saturday, January 21, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at Mebane UMC:
Members of the Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee will learn appropriate ways to support the pastor and remain attentive to the ministry needs of the congregation. The mission of the UMC, basic information in the Book of Discipline and helpful tools for assessment and conflict intercession will be provided.
Discerning where the church is headed and how to inspire people to follow.
Participants will discover how to discern a vision for the church’s short-term future by asking essential questions and identifying assets of the congregation and community. The workshop is appropriate for Church council, Lay Leadership teams and pastors.
Participants will learn the principles of Asset-Based Community Development, how to form partnerships to create a thriving church and a thriving community. How might different models for ministry and church alignment strengthen the church’s impact in the community? The workshop is intended for Church council leaders and Outreach/Mission leaders.
We have convinced ourselves that when young adults marry and have children, they will return to church. However, we are not seeing that in many of our churches. So, how do we connect with young adults and families, and how might we change our church culture to provide a place for the growth and leadership of young people? The workshop will appeal to Church council leaders and especially, to leaders of youth, young adults and those who want to extend hospitality to young people in the community.
Sunday, January 29, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., All Saints UMC
How do we build the church into the reflection of God’s Kingdom, where diversity is celebrated? Radical hospitality requires building relationships with people who are not “like us.” Whether the difference is age, race or socio-economic factors, we can reach across the barriers and build a stronger church for today. This is a good workshop for persons responsible for worship, hospitality, nurture and outreach.
How do we have conversations about controversial matters?
Please note that the workshops are offered only one time.
During the Charge Conferences, other topics were frequently named with interest, and each of these will be the focus of a workshop later in the winter.
“Online and Social Media” in the church will be the topic of a Day of Learning at the Academy of Leadership Excellence (Feb 7 and Apr 4 – go to www.theafle.org for more information about this offering).
Stewardship and Understanding the Apportionment were requested, as well.
Conference Statistician George Speake, spoke to the Corridor District at the November 20 meeting. Apportionments were part of the presentation.
Stewardship themes will be addressed more fully at Annual Conference 2017.
If you have questions about the workshops, contact Jessie Larkins.
If you have questions about the registrations, contact the District Office.
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