Winter Leadership Training Webinar Series

December 16, 2020

Like most events during the pandemic, our District Winter Leadership Training Events will look a little different for 2021. Rather than hosting in-person events in each district, we will offer a series of Conference-wide training webinars during the week of January 10-14 to resource and equip all areas of your Church leadership.

Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions will lead the keynote webinar to launch the series on “Telling the Old Story in a New Time.” Other topics will include: Financial Faithfulness in Uncertain Times, The Ministry of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Evangelism During A Pandemic, Leadership During a Pandemic for Church Councils, Racial Equity and Justice, Courageous Conversations, and much more.



Sunday, January 10 
  • 2:00 p.m.
    Jason Moore Keynote Webinar: Telling the Old Story in New Times
    Almost overnight, we found ourselves in a new, unfamiliar world. The COVID-19 virus has changed everything about our lives, including how we worship. What is the church to do in such a time as this?
    With the social distancing practices preventing our physical gatherings, how do we connect and make our message resonate with a world in chaos? Now more than ever, the church has the opportunity to lead the charge in a world looking for spiritual answers. In order to lead effectively, we have to tell the old story in a new way, for a new time and with a new medium.
    In the same way a book has to be consolidated and adapted for the screen in movie form, so must the worship we offer virtually. We can’t continue with a “business-as-usual” approach where Sunday morning worship is concerned.
    Join author, creative worship and guest readiness coach Jason Moore for a two hour webinar for how to face these unique challenges to worship. Jason will lead your church into a deep dive through the questions and answers that must be asked and addressed as we worship today.
    Over two thousand individuals from all over the United States have already participated in this webinar experience and have already begun to implement learnings gathered from it. Here’s what you can expect to take away from it:
    • A primer on shifting practices from in-person to virtual
    • How to offer worship beyond online (for the technologically challenged)
    • Best practices for creating worship that lasts beyond the moment
    • A guest readiness guide and tips for how to offer a deeper sense of community
    • Technology tips (including what to do when things fail)
    • Copyright concerns
    • Equipment options, and how to achieve a good looking (and sounding) stream
    • 20 Page PDF handbook filled with resource links and exclusive offers
    • Extensive Q&A time
    • 30 Days to re-watch the recorded stream
    • Optional follow up coaching opportunities
    • & More
  • 4:00 p.m.
    Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations Committees: Building Relationships for the MissionDescription You said “yes” to serving on P/SPRC. Now what? Experienced District Superintendents Laura Auten (Uwharrie) and Bev Coppley (Northern Piedmont) 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. Kathy Odell, HR Consultant for WNCC (and Uwharrie District Lay Leader) will guide us through some legalities and best practices. Each attendee will also have an opportunity for Q/A with their own Superintendent during the last portion of the workshop.
    Who Will Benefit: P/SPRC chairs and members, pastors
    Led by:
    Rev. Laura Auten, Uwharrie District Superintendent,
    Rev. Bev Coppley, Northern Piedmont District Superintendent,
    Kathy Odell, WNCC HR Consultant and Uwharrie District Lay Leader,
    Landa Wallace, Northern Piedmont District Administrator
Monday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. 
  • Financial Faithfulness in Uncertain Times
    Description The goal of this workshop is to share important information and resources to empower the ministry of financial administration in local churches. It will include resources for day-to-day financial management, for engaging generosity as a spiritual practice and supporting a generous culture in your local church, and the opportunity for Q&A.
    Who will benefit: Pastors, Treasurers, Finance Chairs, Financial Secretaries, Members of Finance Committee, Stewardship team, other church leaders
    Led by:
    Rev. George Coates, Co-Pastor, Hickory Grove (Charlotte),
    Lynne Gilbert, Northern Piedmont District,
    Rev. David Snipes, President & Executive Director, United Methodist Foundation of WNC,
    Rev. A. J. Thomas, Director of Client Relations, United Methodist Foundation of WNC
  • Welcoming, Hospitality, and Belonging
    This workshop will offer ideas for congregations to engage in dismantling racism and in racial justice and equity. We will explore our Denominational commitments and Conference Commitments, including reference to Holy Listening, Holy ActionThe Council of Bishops Statement on the Scourge of Racism; and the Book To Be Faithful to Our Heritage by Linda D. Addo and James H. McCallum. We will offer and practice models of meaningful and responsible engagement.
    Who will benefit from the workshop? Lay Leaders, Lay Servants, Christian Education, Staff Pastor Parish, Nominations and Leadership Development, Communications, Worship/Ushers
    Led by:
    Dr. Otto Harris, Senior Pastor of St. Mark’s UMC in Charlotte
    Dr. Carl Arrington, Appalachian District Superintendent,
    Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand, District Vitality Associate in the Metro District,
    Rev. Kim Ingram, Director of Ministerial Services,
    Rev. Rodvegas Ingram, Pastor of Memorial UMC in High Point
    Rev. Jonathan Marlowe, Co-Pastor of Mount Zion UMC in Cornelius
Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Evangelism and Discipleship in a Pandemic
    Description: Since discipleship is not a program but a way of living and an outpouring of who we are as followers of Jesus. This conversation would benefit any ministry team leaders (paid or unpaid staff) in any kind of leadership role in the life of the church
    Who will benefit from this workshop: Since discipleship is not a program but a way of living and an outpouring of who we are as followers of Jesus. This conversation would benefit any ministry team leaders (paid or unpaid staff) in any kind of leadership role in the life of the church 
    Led by:
    Rev. Sam Moore, Yadkin Valley Superintendent;
    Rev. Lory Beth Huffman, Senior Pastor of Boone UMC,
    Rev. Katie Lineberger, District Vitality Associate in the Uwharrie District
    Rev. Gloria Hughes, District Vitality Associate in the Appalachian District
    Rev. Nicole Jones, District Vitality Associate in the Smoky Mountain District
  • School Partnerships in a Virtual Learning World
    Description: This session will provide ideas and strategies for initiating and strengthening church and school partnerships.  We will focus on the church’s response to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. We will share practical steps and resources. 
    Who would benefit from the workshop? Outreach and mission chairs, educators, parents and anyone who is interested responding to child poverty through organized partnerships.
    Led by: 
    Caroline Wood, Director of Missional Engagement and Connectional Ministries,
    Susan Pennock ,C4C Conference Connector,
    Rev. Nicole Jones, District Vitality Associate in the Smoky Mountain District,
    Camille Roddy, C4C Conference Team Chair,
    Brian Mateer, Associate Director of Missional Engagement
Wednesday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m.
  •  A Divided Nation Needs a United Church: What One Person Can Do
    Description: In this workshop, we will explore a foundation by which people can disagree without being disagreeable.  How can the church offer an alternative way of living together and reflect that to their communities? Participants will engage in theological reflection and learn some helpful skills and tools. 
    Who would benefit from the workshop? Anyone who wants to consider how they can better interact with others and offer tools for reconciliation and healing
    Led by: 
    Rev. Kim Ingram, Director of Ministerial Services and Conference Secretary, 
    Cindy Thompson, Executive Director of Boundless Impact,
    Rev. Vincent Howell, Pastor of Centenary UMC in Clemmons, 
    Jennifer Davis, HR Consultant and Member of Epworth UMC in Gastonia,
    Rev. David Christy, Catawba Valley District Superintendent
  • Leadership during a Pandemic for Church Council Chairpersons, Lay Leaders, and Pastor
    Description: This workshop will provide simple leadership skills for personal and group development in the midst of trauma and difficult decisions. We will provide short- term/ long-term strategies and protocols to lead a group during these times of division, fear and stress.  A leadership tool kit will be provided for the long term development needed through a pandemic.
    Who would benefit from the workshop? Any person in a leadership role
    Led by: 
    Rev. Maria King, District Vitality Associate in the Northern Piedmont District, 
    Willie Jones, Community Developer Charlotte, NC
    John Crane Conference Lay Leader,
    Mark Ralls Blue Ridge District Superintendent,
    Kim Eller District Lay Leader Northern Piedmont,
    District Lay Leaders
Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m.
  • The Work and Ministry of Local Church Trustees
    Description: Effective trustees function as Christian stewards of the property which God has entrusted to the congregation.  This ministry include 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:
    Amy Coles, Assistant the Bishop,
    Joel Gilland, President of Wesley Community Development 
  • Simple Accountable Structure: Give Your Committees a Makeover!
    Description: 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,
    Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand, District Vitality Associate in the Metro District,
    Rev. Dan Pezet, Director of Church Development
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