Area: Leadership

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Black Church Development: Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century

Intended for African American congregations, this initiative of the United Methodist Church is a transformational learning model that enables vibrant, growing congregations to share their experiences with other churches seeking ministry growth, spiritual vitality and life transformation. This workshop will also cover ways for facilitating new directions and commitments for mission and ministr Continue Reading

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Church Staff Development: Developing Staff Structure

Intended for those putting a staff team together or reconfiguring a staff team, this workshop can be customized to fit the church needs. This could be a great workshop for SPRC members to participate in during the building of a staff and/or during a time of transition. Continue Reading

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Communications: Is Your Message Getting Out?

This is a very practical short-course guide to both internal and external communications, from alerting members and visitors to news and events in the church, to getting your story noticed by local media. Continue Reading

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Communications: New Ways to Stay Connected

This workshop will explore new ways of staying connected through social and electronic media and will explore updated ways to keep your church connected through print publications. An iPad, tablet, or laptop may be helpful but are not necessary to engage in this workshop. Consider hosting a two part Communications Workshop: Class 1: Using Tech for General Church Work. In this class parti Continue Reading

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Communications: Social Media - A Tool for Vital Ministry

Slogging through the murky realms of electronic social media and discovering ways to use this tool for vital ministry. Participants will look at using websites, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to communicate for the expansion of the Gospel. Continue Reading

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Communications: Starting a Video Ministry

Some churches are ready to try but don't know where to begin. How much does it cost, how many people does it take, what is involved? In this workshop, participants will learn the steps to starting a vital and appropriate sized video ministry that suits the needs of the congregation and community. Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: A United Methodist Response to Immigration Issues

As both American citizens and baptized Christians, we face a challenging and often uncomfortable tension with understanding how best to respond to the issues and the individuals involved. In this workshop, your congregation will learn about the official position of the United Methodist Church on the issue of immigration. Participants will also learn how our Annual Conference is responding to the c Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: Bread for the World

Participants in this workshop will learn how to become effective advocates for the poor in their communities as they learn about hunger issues facing our neighbors in our own community. This workshop focuses not solely on identifying and understanding issues of hunger, but they will also learn ways to positively impact political policy at local, state, and national levels. Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church

Do you know what the United Methodist Church says about social issues like environmental responsibility, labor unions, human sexuality, war, and universal healthcare? In this workshop, participants will learn about and discuss contemporary social issues through the lens of our Social Principles. Participants will leave the workshop equipped to lead a discussion of the Social Principles in small gr Continue Reading

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Disability Concerns: Creating Disability Ministries

Is your church looking for a whole new edge in sharing the love of Jesus Christ? Are you looking for ways to deepen your ministry to those currently living with disabilities in your congregation? Asking the questions "Who is not here?" and "Who are we not serving as well as we could?" is a good place to begin! In this workshop your members will be trained to: a. Engage children with special Continue Reading

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