Winter Leadership Training Webinar Series is THIS WEEK! Find the full schedule to join live sessions and watch replays here.

Thursday, January 27, 2022
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Like most events during the pandemic, our District Winter Leadership Training Events will look a little different for 2022. Rather than hosting in-person events in each district, we will offer a series of Conference-wide training webinars during the week of January 23-27 to resource and equip all areas of your Church leadership. Find the full schedule below.
 


Schedule

Sunday, January 23
 
2:00 p.m. 
Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations Committees: Building Relationships for the Mission
You said “yes” to serving on P/SPRC. Now what? Experienced District Superintendents Laura Auten and Bev Coppley invite you into a reflective conversation about the unique calling of P/SPRC members. We will begin by sharing scriptural guideposts for the work, then move on to the nuts and bolts of a good meeting, seasonal responsibilities, covenants, and how to approach differences. Each attendee will also have an opportunity for Q/A with their own Superintendent during the last portion of the workshop. Pastors are encouraged to attend.
Who Will Benefit: P/SPRC chairs and members, pastors
Led by:  Rev. Laura Auten, Uwharrie District Superintendent, and Rev. Bev Coppley, Northern Piedmont District Superintendent
 
5:00 p.m.
Our Pathways to the Post-Covid Church
Over the past two years, the world has changed dramatically and our ways of doing church have been disrupted.  In this webinar, Bishop Carter explores four interrelated pathways to the Post-Covid Church. This is a journey we are called to walk together.  There will be an opportunity for questions and answers following the presentation. 
Who will Benefit: All Laity and Clergy are invited to participate. 
Led by: Bishop Ken Carter

 

Monday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. 
 
Strategizing Local Church Stewardship and Finance in a Pandemic/Post-Pandemic World
(For Newly Elected/Novice Finance Leaders)
While we will cover Book of Discipline requirements and regulations for the work of the Finance committee in the local church, our primary time will focus on 1)) What have we learned/experienced from the Pandemic; 2) Trending statistics and projections for the future of local churches as a result of the Pandemic experiences, and 3) Possible Strategies for addressing from “Out of the Box” thinking.
Who will benefit from this workshop: Novice Or Newly Elected Church Finance Leaders (Treasurers, Financial Secretaries, Finance Committee chairs, and members)
Led by: Rev. Dr. Mark King, Conference Treasurer, and Rev. David Snipes, President of the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina
 
Simple Accountable Structure: Give Your Committees a Makeover!
Did you know that the Book of Discipline allows churches (with superintendent approval) to adopt alternative structures of leadership in your church? The Simple Accountable Structure reduces the leadership committees of a church to a single board and creates space for highly effective and efficient meetings. This workshop explores common issues with church management structures and explores SAS as a tool to help. Even if your church doesn’t adopt the SAS structure, this workshop will help you improve the way your committees work.
Who would benefit from the workshop? Pastors and any church leaders
Led by: Rev. Fredrick Bowman, District Vitality Associate in the Catawba Valley District, Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand, District Vitality Associate in the Metro District, and Rev. Rob Hutchison, Director of Church Development
 

Tuesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m.
 
Serving Your Church as Lay Leader
This workshop will examine the roles and responsibilities of the Local Church Lay Leader and provide information and suggestions for how the Lay Leader may partner more effectively with the pastor and other church leaders in creating a healthy, vibrant church
Who would benefit from the workshop?  Local Church Lay Leaders, especially those who are new to the role or who are seeking to understand the role more fully.
Led by: John Crane, Conference Lay Leader, Russ Darnall, Blue Ridge District Lay Leader, and Kim Eller, Northern Piedmont District Lay Leader


Strategizing Local Church Stewardship and Finance in a Pandemic/Post Pandemic World
(For Veteran or Returning Church Finance Leaders)
While we will cover Book of Discipline requirements and regulations for the work of the Finance committee in the local church, our primary time will focus on 1) What have we learned/experienced from the Pandemic; 2) Trending statistics and projections for the future of local churches as a result of the Pandemic experiences, and 3) Possible Strategies for addressing from “Out of the Box” thinking.
Who will benefit from this workshop: Veteran or Returning Church Finance Leaders (Treasurers, Financial Secretaries, Finance Committee chairs, and members)
Led by: Rev. Dr. Mark King, Conference Treasurer, and Rev. David Snipes, President of the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina
 

Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m.
BOTH/AND: To Be Continued
We’ve been doing our best to live into BOTH/AND, many churches are feeling a mixture of exhilaration and exhaustion when thinking about the continuation of hybrid worship. While many have seen their reach extended, some have begun to lose their passion and resolve for creating truly hybrid worship experiences. As in-person numbers have increased, more and more churches are asking, “can we stop doing online now?” If that’s you, don’t give up! Now is the time to renew and re-energize your passion for BOTH/AND. It’s making a difference.
 
Join Jason Moore for a follow-up to the popular BOTH/AND webinar. BOTH/AND: To Be Continued will focus on why hybrid should carry on, how to continue to iterate, and will provide tangible handles on how to do it well. This brand new 90-minute training brings all new content focused on the why, how, and what we can do to run the next leg of this very important race. We are living in an incredible “Great Commission” moment in the church. Let’s lean in and continue to iterate forward. 
 
 This webinar will include: 
• An invitation to determine your WHY for BOTH/AND worship
• 13 reasons why BOTH/AND must continue 
• Answer to the “what if they don’t come back to the building” question
• How to create a BOTH/AND Think Tank at your church
• How to build an intentional chat strategy in order to foster real relationships 
• BOTH/AND pro tips
• Q&A
 
Who will benefit? Pastors, tech folks, hospitality team members, laypeople
Led by:  Jason Moore and Rev. Rob Hutchinson, Director of Church Development
 
The Work and Ministry of Local Church Trustees
Effective trustees function as Christian stewards of the property which God has entrusted to the congregation.  This ministry includes supervising and maintaining both the physical property of the congregation and gifts made to the congregation so that the ministries of the local church are vital and effective.  Join us as we look at the responsibilities of the Trustees in a local church.
Who will benefit? Local Church Trustees; Pastors
Led by: Rev. Amy Coles, Assistant to the Bishop
 
 
Thursday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Will We Ever Be Enough?” Celebration as a Source for Strengthening Communities
It’s been challenging for the church to support and strengthen the community in such polarized times, and at times has felt like a season of friction, or even failure, for leaders and laity alike. This interactive session will explore celebration as a starting point for strengthening communities. Participants will:
  • engage with the spiritual discipline of celebration
  • explore life-affirming questions for connection
  • assess current methods of community engagement
  • gain access to resources for furthering conversations and commitments that breed life.
Who will benefit?
Chair of Nurture, Outreach, Witness 
Missions Committee persons
Lay Leaders
 
Led by: Erin Burleson and Brian Mateer, Associate Director of Missional Engagement
 

Transformational Generosity: Enhancing Stewardship In Your Church - Pre-registration Required
In lieu of a second webinar offering tonight, we encourage and lift up this special four-week series for Black Churches through the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina in partnership with WNCC Equity and Justice Ministries. Learn more and register by January 10. 

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