Too often churches take a “wait for people to come” approach, or they think ‘invitation’ means standing on street corners or initiating painfully difficult conversations. Not so! This workshop will teach principles which are effective in churches of all sizes that are making new disciples of Jesus Christ. The key to reaching new people is to move beyond the walls of the building and develop relationships with people in the community. This workshop will equip the church to reach out in non-threatening ways. If more people of the church intentionally engage in this invitational model, the church will be more effective in reaching new people. This one-day workshop invites a team (a pastor and at least 3 lay people) to take next steps in reaching new people. The larger the number of people who attend, the greater the likelihood the principles will have a positive impact on a church’s ability to reach new people. Bring a large team!! All workshops are 8:30 am — 3:30 pm. October 10, 2015 at Troy UMC — Click here to register
First of all, thank you to Pastors and Churches for your generosity toward the African-University Scholarship fund. As of May 28th, 31 churches have either given or pledged a total of approximately $62,120 from our District. 31 churches represent 42.5% of our overall number of District Churches (we have 73 total). Even if your church did not pledge, money can be raised in this next conference year. The vision is that $1,000,000 will have been collected by annual conference, 2016. Each District will raise different amounts according to their ability.
Our District is hosting clergy mentor training for current and prospective mentors. FTLP who completed Course of Study; Provisional Elders (PE); and Full Members (FE) can be clergy mentors. The training will be held on Wednesday, September 30th, at Litchfield St. Timothy UMC from 10 am – 12 noon. Lunch will be provided. Shane Smith, member of the Board of Ordained Ministry will be the facilitator. Please RSVP your attendance to the District office. Thanks!