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United Methodist Church - District Leadership Training

Foundational Leadership Training 2016

Resourcing Local Church Leaders for Ministry

Identical workshops will be offered at three different locations on three different dates. Select the date and location that works best for you.


Saturday February 20, 2016

8:30 A.M. to 12 Noon

@ Leonia UMC

396 Broad Avenue, Leonia

Gateway North

Saturday February 27

8:30 A.M. to 12 Noon

@ Morrow Memorial UMC

600 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood


Sunday March 13, 2016

2:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

@ First UMC

111 Ryerson Avenue, Newton

Workshop Offerings:

1. The Work of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is an essential team in the life of the church. This workshop will explore the work of the committee in relationship to the administrative structure of the church and in its role as a liaison with the District Superintendent.

Recommended for pastors and all members of the SPRC in a local church

2. Meetings that Matter

Time is one of he most valuable resources that we have in the church. One struggle is that meetings seem to take lot of time without much productivity. This workshop will focus on how to make meetings meaningful, life-giving, effective and fruitful.

Recommended for all committee chairs, pastors, interested committee members

3. Team Vital

Team Vital is a tool for congregations to use to create and employ an action plan to make their congregation highly vital. Team Vital creates a synergy among congregations that fosters learning form one another, collaboration, mutual accountability and support. This workshop will answer questions and provide an overview of this new resource of the Greater New Jersey Conference that will move the ministry of your congregation forward.

Recommended for pastors, church leaders, any interested laity

4. The Work of the Trustees

This workshop will help to inform and guide the work of the Board of Trustees and the responsibilities they carry within the local church.

Recommended for trustees of the local church

5. The ABC's of Church Financial Management

Tax and financial issues in the local church are constantly changing. This workshop is offered to provide guidance around good fiscal policy, changing tax codes, and the work of the Finance Committee and officers of the church.

Recommended for treasurers, finance chairs, financial secretaries, members of the Finance Committee, pastors

6. So You Want to be a Pastor?

Are you sensing a call to ministry of some form? Are you an SPRC member and unsure about how to do the work of enlisting and inviting persons to explore ministry? This workshop will help to provide information about various forms of ministry in the United Methodist Church and the process of discernment and responding to that call.

Recommended for those interested in exploring ministry, SPRC members, youth workers, pastors

7. Understanding and Responding to Poverty

Jesus said that the poor will always be with us. This workshop will help to guide the local church in how to effectively respond to poverty in their communities and beyond.

Recommended for mission chairs, UMW, pastors, interested laity

8. Nurture, Outreach and Witness - Engaging Congregations in Ministry

Nurture, outreach and witness is more than a means of organizing the administration f the church. It is a framework for planning and fulfilling ministry in the congregation. This workshop will help congregations to examine how they are planning for a holistic ministry that meets the needs of church members and attenders, as well as reaching out beyond the congregation into the world.

Recommended for pastors and laity of all congregations

No cost for this workshop.

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