QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer): Suicide Prevention Equipping for Faith Leaders


QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. This popular, evidence-based, nationally recognized training is modified for faith communities using supplementary material from the QPR Institute and can be provided in approximately 90 minutes.


Preaching Amid Trauma and Change

These are challenging times in which to preach and minister. We live in a pandemic-scarred world where communities are being asked to reimagine what it means to be church. Denominational affiliations are shifting, with church members and leaders feeling adrift or in flux.

Conference-Wide Leadership Training

Join us for one of five virtual workshops designed to equip you to serve in your local church as Lay Leader or on the Finance, Trustees, Nominations, or Staff/Pastor Parish

Messy Church Information Session

The tag line for the Messy Church movement is, Church, but not as you know it. If you have attended church for a long time, Messy Church may not look like church to you. At Messy Church, all ages meet together to learn about Christ through games, crafts and activities, music, and storytelling from the Bible.

El Corazón Ardiente for Renewing Doctrine, Worship, and Mission

“Church renewal” is widely discussed across Methodism today, but renewal will not happen apart from serious engagement with and from the margins of society. In this webinar, Dr. Colón-Emeric offers key insights drawn from his new book, The People Called Metodista: Renewing Doctrine, Worship, and Missions from the Margins.

Don’t Look Back: United Methodist Hope for the Future

The Center for Leadership Excellence presents a webinar specifically designed for UMC laity. In this webinar, Will Willimon will reflect with participants on "Where do we go from here" in our congregations? What is the most important work that needs to be done in your church in the present moment?

Disability Theology

Disabled people are 26% of the population, and yet, so frequently dismissed or ignored in church communities. In this session, Dr. Amy Kenny will outline the value and importance of disability theology, and invite church leaders to learn from the embodied wisdom of disabled people by practicing disability theology.  


Accessibility Audits and Becoming a Place that Welcomes All

Does your congregation and church building offer intentional hospitality to people with disabilities? An accessibility audit is a tool to measure not just physical accessibility but also attitudes and accommodations for sensory and communication needs. The audit process helps you set goals for continued progress in making your ministries fully inclusive so that everyone’s gifts and graces are utilized in the service of God.


Ableism in the Church

In this webinar, Melinda Baber will highlight experiences of ableism in the church and provide tools for church members to recognize ableism in their own contexts, disrupt it, and dismantle it.


Behavior 101: Understanding Human Behavior in Faith Settings

All behavior is communication. In this behavior 101 training you will learn how people use behavior to communicate their wants and needs. You will also be introduced behavioral analysis and learn strategies to prevent harmful behaviors from happening. Jesus used many of these strategies in his ministry and soon you can too!


Navigating Church Conflict

Conflict within a church community can be challenging, but it also presents an opportunity for growth and reconciliation. This insightful webinar will delve into the heart of church conflict, helping you understand its root causes and equipping you with essential tools for effectively managing and resolving these issues.


Conference-Wide Leadership Training

Join us for one of six virtual workshops designed to equip you to serve in your local church. 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. Laity and clergy in partnership with one another is the key to a church’s success in making disciples.