Bishop Ward Reminds us of the Power of Prayer
In this week’s Connections, Bishop Ward reminds us of the power of prayer, not only for each other in our local communities, but for all the world.
2nd Quarter Critical Drivers Data
Pastors, it is time to enter the Critical Drivers data for the second quarter. Please note that if you have moved, your new appointment is now associated with your log-in information. Be careful to not enter your previous appointment’s data on your new appointment’s record. If you have your previous appointment’s information, and are not able to pass it to someone at the church to enter, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get that information entered for you. Due to the holiday and appointment changes, the deadline for critical drivers is extended to July 13.
Guiding Churches to Healthy Effective Discipleship Ministries
The Intentional Growth Center at Lake Junaluska is sponsoring two workshops back-to-back to help local churches achieve effectiveness and vitality in helping persons grow in discipleship. SHIFTS: Guiding the Congregation toward Health, Effectiveness, and Vitality will be held on Aug. 18-20 followed by From Membership to Discipleship on Aug. 20-22. These conversations will be directed to a pastor or local church teams intent on helping churches develop healthy and thriving programs which will develop a culture of hospitality, service, and generosity. For more information, go to Intentional Growth Center.
Marcia McFee to Lead Retreat at Lake Junaluska
Marcia McFee, renowned worship leader for regional and national gatherings, including General Conference, will lead a three-day workshop at Lake Junaluska, Sept. 14-17 for worship teams. This retreat will enable worship teams to learn to consistently produce vital and passionate worship. The cost is $500 per congregation bringing from two to six persons–the more the better (individual pastors may also register for $250). There are additional costs for meals and housing. For more information and to register, go to www.marciamcfee.com and click on “Calendar.” Direct questions about registration to email@example.com or 773-316-8892.
Two Free Webinars
Free webinar “Creating a Culture of Innovation Part 1: Can My Leaders Innovate?” Thursday, July 17 – 6:30 p.m. CT. This 90-minute session led by Craig Kennet Miller of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship will introduce tools for implementing new ministry strategies in local churches. Details.
Free webinar “Congregations as Discipling Communities” Tuesday, July 22 – 6:30 p.m. CT. This webinar will focus on a model where congregations can create safe, open and relational spaces where disciples at all stages of their faith journey can share their experiences. Details