Are you confident and excited when it’s your turn to lead the devotion? Or do you silently pass that devotion sign-up sheet down the row without adding your name?
Whether you are eager to lead a short devotion at the beginning of a meeting or feel ill-equipped for the job, we invite you to join us on Zoom for a workshop with Jim Harnish on Demystifying Devotions.
Register today and learn how to use those few minutes of devotion to create a meaningful time for your small group and to ground the work of the group in Christ.
A Christian Formation Workshop
Presented by the Center for Leadership Excellence
with Jim Harnish
February 15, 12-1:30pm ET
$10/person (groups of 3 or more save 20%)
About the Workshop:
It’s your turn to lead the brief devotions at the beginning of the meeting. What will you do? Will it be more than an easily forgotten mini-sermon or a story you picked up online? Will it be a perfunctory prayer or could it be an experience that draws participants into the presence of God? Will it make any difference to what happens in the meeting that follows?
Jim Harnish has been there and done that more times than he can count. Drawing on 43 years of experience as a pastor, author, and group leader, he will share practical examples and helpful tools to equip clergy and laity to “demystify” the process of preparation in the hope to “remystify” meetings with the mysterious presence of God’s Spirit. The workshop will also be helpful to preachers in preparing online or virtual devotional experiences.
About Jim Harnish:
The Rev. Dr. James A. Harnish (Jim) retired after 43 years of pastoral ministry in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was the founding pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando and served for 22 years as the Senior Pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa.
Jim is the author of more than 20 books and bible studies including “A Disciple’s Path” and “Extraordinary Ministry in Ordinary Time.” His most recent book is “Finding Your Bearings: How Words that Guided Jesus Through Crisis Can Guide Us.” He was a Consulting Editor for “The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible” and a contributor to “The Wesley Study Bible.”
He served on the General Board of Discipleship and the General Commission on General Conference, and as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences and World Methodist Conferences in England, Brazil, Kenya and South Africa. He is a facilitator for the Florida Conference Institute of Preaching and a member of the Board of Visitors at Duke Divinity School.
He and his wife, Martha, live in Longwood, Florida. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren in Florida and South Carolina. He blogs at www.jimharnish.org.