The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is hosting virtual trainings on January 7, 2024, for all who serve in their local congregation in any of the following roles and committees:
- Lay Leaders
- Church Council
- Staff/Pastor Parish Relations
Help us spread the word! It is helpful when all committee members attend the trainings, but we are sending this invitation only to pastors, lay leaders, and committee chairs. If you serve as the chair of one of these committees, please forward this invite to those who serve alongside you and invite them to join you for the training. Any other church members interested in learning about one or more these roles are also welcome to register. Thank you for helping us spread the word!
Conference-Wide Leadership Training
Sunday, January 7, 2024
2-3:30pm and 4-5:30pm
About the Workshops:
These workshops are designed to help you understand committee responsibilities and the expectations for church leadership roles in each respective area. Since the workshops are spread across two sessions, you have the option to attend up to two sessions live. If you need more than one training offered during the same session, choose one session to attend live and you can watch the recording of the other session(s).
Session 1, 2-3:30pm
- Keeping the Faith, led by John Hall, Laura Hamrick, and Jessie Larkins
- Church Council, led by Natalie Birdwell
- Nominations, led by Donna Banks
Session 2, 4-5:30pm
- Finance, led by Christine Dodson
- Trustees, led by Gray Southern
- S/PPRC, led by Beth Hood
Whether you are starting a new leadership role, or have been serving in church leadership for years, we hope this model of leadership training will prepare you for your much-needed ministry.
Who Can Register?
Anyone! We send invitations to the lay leader and the chair of each committee. However, we heartily recommend that all committee members attend the training. It is helpful when all committee members receive the same instruction. In addition, anyone who wants to learn more about how these committees work is more than welcome to join.
What’s New This Year?
In addition to our standard workshops, we have added a training for Church Council. Also, we are hosting a special workshop called Keeping the Faith. Local church lay leaders are invited to attend this training in lieu of the traditional lay leader training. A recording of the traditional lay leader training will be made available for those who need it.
About the Keeping the Faith Workshop:
Recognizing that both clergy and congregations have a role to play in the health of our pastors and churches, Keeping the Faith: Conversations to Strengthen the Bonds between Pastors and Church Leaders was developed to facilitate conversations that lay the groundwork of solid communication and trust, so that when they arise, church leaders are equipped to wade into tough topics. Keeping the Faith provides a model for both covenant accountability and reflection.