Area: Discipleship

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Adults: Getting the Most Out of Teaching the Bible

Intended for leaders of adult classes and studies, this workshop aims to provide practical tools for teaching the Bible. Teaching the Bible can be intimidating for new and experienced teachers. And yet, leading a great class can be one of the most rewarding church experiences. This workshop will discuss principles of adult learning, core principles for teaching the Bible, suggestions for your Continue Reading

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Children: Effective Children's Ministry in Small to Medium Sized Churches

Participants in this workshop will be exposed to the broad sweep of childrens ministry, while at the same time, learning tips and tools that address specific situations. Continue Reading

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Children: Starting A Weekday Preschool of Excellence

Are you exploring starting a new preschool ministry in your congregation? This workshop is intended to walk you through the nuts and bolts of starting a new preschool - from the exploration process to opening a part-time or full-time preschool ministry. Continue Reading

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Children: Tweener Ministry

How to begin an effective and passionate tween ministry to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Continue Reading

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Family Ministries: How to Share Your Faith With Your Family

Practical steps to take to make discipleship take place at home. Continue Reading

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Safe Sanctuaries: Helping Your Church Create a Safe Sanctuaries Policy

Intended for congregations and church leaders, this workshop is designed to help you get started on, update or improve your identification as a Safe Sanctuary church. Safe Sanctuaries is a covenant promise all United Methodist congregations make to children, youth, vulnerable adults, volunteers and staff. At the 1996 General Conference, a Standing Rule was passed that every UM congregation is Continue Reading

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Safe Sanctuaries: Safe Sanctuaries Training

Training for individual volunteers can be done through Trak1. Find more information at http://www.ngumc.org/safesanctuariestraining. If face to face training is desired, please contact Debby Fox in the Connectional Ministries Office for assistance in scheduling training for your congregation. debby.fox@ngumc.net Continue Reading

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Small Groups: Starting and Sustaining Small Groups

Small groups are essential to vital congregations. Participants will explore how both small and large membership churches can rejuvenate or begin small group ministries. It's a process! Learn how to make it happen. The Wesleyan movement began as a small group, grew through small groups, and exploded across the globe one small group at a time. Learn the 'ins and outs' of this time tested model Continue Reading

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Spiritual Formation: Read the Bible as a United Methodist

This workshop will help participants understand how to bring distinctive Wesleyan eyes and ears to whatever version of scripture is in hand. This workshop is a step in assisting the average reader, teacher, or leader how to approach scripture as a United Methodist in a Wesleyan tradition. Continue Reading

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Spiritual Formation: Your Personal Spiritual Journey

How can ancient faith practices strengthen our spiritual journey today? Jeremiah 6:16 says, "Stand at the Crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, and where the good way lies; and walk in it and find rest for your souls." What are the ancient crossroads? How do we walk in them? Where is the good way? Looking at the writings of Benedict and Ignatius, and the move toward a "new monastici Continue Reading

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