Focus: Small Membership Churches

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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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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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Leadership Development: Growing the Small Membership Church

Move forward in understanding the unique role and strength of the smaller membership church, the backbone of our denomination. Develop plans and practices that enable your members to reach out into the community in winsome and warm ways that bear fruit beyond the walls of the building. Continue Reading

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Missions Development: Cluster and District Strategies for Small Membership Churches

This workshop will address strategies for smaller membership churches to fulfill their divine calling: Making Disciples locally and internationally. By pooling resources, forming mentoring relationships, and forming covenant relationships discover how missions can transform and energize your church. We will explore all the resources available to equip your church for expanding Gods' Kingdom in you Continue Reading

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Training: Planning and Implementing Education Ministries in Your Church

Based on Delia Halverson's book, "Nuts & Bolts of Christian Education", this workshop is intended for those responsible for education ministries in the church. This would be primarily for those beginning in this leadership area or who are having difficulty with their planning. She can pattern it specifically for small and medium size churches. She will use multiple handouts on various subject Continue Reading

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Training: Wholistic Planning for the Church Year

Participants in this workshop will learn and discuss the many creative ways of planning a full and vibrant church program that includes areas of education, activities, missions, and worship services for a full year - bringing committees and groups together. Continue Reading

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Trustees: The Role of Trustees

Learn how to be an effective trustee in your congregational setting. Building maintance, facility usage, understanding of the requirements of the Book of Discipline, assessing current and future facility needs, and the important processes involved in starting a building/renovation program. Continue Reading

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Worship Planning: Cooperative Planning in Small Membership Churches

The work of preaching and planning worship is the small membership church has unique issues and creative solutions and approaches. This workshop offers insights and best practices for how to do this well regardless of the number of leaders present. Continue Reading

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Youth: Youth Ministry in Small Membership Churches

The challenges and rewards of working with youth in small membership churches are many. Help volunteers understand the nature, scope, and expectations of working with small groups in small churches. Participants will be greatly encouraged and equipped to go forward after this class. Continue Reading