SW District THRIVE! Local Church Leadership Training Event

WhenSaturday, February 18, 2017 at 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
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WhereEdgewater UMC
19190 Cochran Blvd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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ContactSandy Voigt


Local Church Leadership Training Event

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Edgewater UMC, 19190 Cochran Blvd, Port Charlotte FL 33948

An opportunity for all Local Church Laity ... especially newly elected leaders and committee members for 2017. Training sessions targeting specific Church Leadership Roles.
Participants will have the opportunity to attend two sessions from various topics and leaders.
Please register online.
Must register one person at a time.
The cost of the event is $10.00 cash or check payable to "South West District" at the door.
Child care is available.


9:00am – 9:30am - Hospitality Gathering & Registration

9::30am – 10:15am - Welcome and Worship
10:30am – 12:15pm - Session I

12:00pm – 1:00pm - Lunch (lunch will be provided)

1:00pm – 2:30pm - Session II
2:30pm - Benediction - Rev. Dr. Rinaldo Hernandez
Breakfast Snacks and Coffee will be available beginning at 9:00am as participants arrive.

CHURCH FINANCES with Craig Smelser - Morning & Afternoon Sessions
Designed for finance team members, this class will cover tax-related regulations including issues such as W2, 941, 1099, payroll and other accounting and finance issues including best practices, controls, auditing requirements, apportionment calculations and a time for questions and answers.
At the heart of every thriving church is a program which builds faith in its young people. This session will feature a fun and lively presentation by a panel of leaders who have developed successful children and youth ministry programs. Each panel member will describe the specific aspects of their program that make it uniquely awesome, and offer suggestions and guidance to those seeking to begin or revitalize children and youth programs in their own churches.
DISCOVERING YOUR EVANGELISTIC STRENGTH with Dean Osuch - Morning & Afternoon Sessions
Come find out your evangelistic strength and be empowered to share your faith in the way God created you.  In this session, you will discover your evangelistic strength and learn how to share your faith using one verse in the Bible.  This session is beneficial for those wanting to sharpen their evangelistic skills and for those who need a positive bump in their faith-sharing experience.
EXPANDING YOUR OUTREACH ON A SHOESTRING with Kaylea Neil - Morning & Afternoon Sessions
Have you ever wished that your church could do more for the community but wondered where to find the resources you need to make it happen?  You are not alone! In this session, we will explore how you can expand your reach with creativity and passion, even when the budget is tight. 
Kaylea Neil is the Director of Outreach at Edgewater UMC.
FRESH EXPRESSIONS WORKSHOP with Heather Evans - Morning & Afternoon Sessions
Fresh Expressions of church are emerging in communities all over Florida and around the world.  "Eat, Pray, Love" is a fresh expression of Grace Cape Coral in North Fort Myers.  Heather Evans, who leads Eat, Pray, Love will tell the story of its successes (and its challenges), give the basic history and ideas behind the Fresh Expressions movement, show examples of a variety of Fresh Expressions now making disciples of formerly unchurched people, and offer some simple steps involved in planting a Fresh Expression in your community. 
Heather Evans is the Director of Children's Ministries at Grace UMC in Cape Coral.
GETTING GUEST TO COME BACK AND HOW TO GET THEM INVOLVED with Rev. Don Nations - Afternoon Session Only
This session will help your church better connect with first time guests, increase the likelihood that they will return and get them involved in ministry right away.  We will discuss obtaining contact information from guests, the use and effectiveness of gifts for guests, steps in effective guest follow-up, drawing people into ministry before membership, the role of small group ministry in assimilation, why people stop coming to church and what you can do about it.  You will interact with people who are doing this work effectively in the local church.
Rev. Don Nations spent 17 years as a pastor, church planter and church transformation specialist before founding DNA coaching.

HOW TO GET MORE GUESTS AND WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY SHOW UP with Rev. Don Nations - Morning Session Only
This session will help your church both increase the number of first time guests and improve the likelihood that they will come back for a second visit.  We will discuss marketing options, social media, helping your people invite others, crafting a great worship experience, sharing effective announcements, preparing for first-time guests, deciding who should serve in the most visible roles and building and supporting your hospitality team.  This is a practical, hands-on class for people who want to be even more effective in ministry. 
Rev. Don Nations spent 17 years as a pastor, church planter and church transformation specialist before founding DNA coaching.
LET'S TALK ABOUT FAMILIES! - Morning Session Only
Becoming a church for the next generation IS possible, but attracting and retaining families is not easy!  Join us for a time of informal discussion with a panel of ministry workers who are partnering with God to make it happen.  Bring your questions, fears, frustrations, and ideas..... and let's talk about what works!

MISSION INSITE with Tom Bandy - Morning & Afternoon Sessions
This is a truly unique opportunity, one you won't want to miss. In this two-part workshop, you will learn how to gather MissionInsite demographic data and apply it to ministry. MissionInsite is a powerful, FREE tool that will allow you to better understand the context of your community and how you can effectively reach your neighbors!  This information is for both clergy and laity.  There will have a Q & A session at the end of his presentation.  You are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet and to explore the MissionInsite website prior to the workshop.
Tom is an internationally recognized consultant, conference speaker, and leadership coach for Christian organizations and faith-based non-profits. He is the president of Thriving Church Consulting, LLC.

STRONG TEAMS, STRONG CHURCHES with Rev. Dan Prine and Rev. Wes Olds - Morning & Afternoon Sessions
Moses was a great leader. Yet Jethro came along and told him, "What you are doing is not good!" Why did he say that? Because Moses was trying to do it on his own. Moses needed a strong team, and so do we. In this session, we will talk about advantages of working in teams and how to create healthy, spiritually grounded teams.  Pastors and laity will leave with tools to help build, organize, and multiply your teams.
Rev. Dan Prine is the senior pastor at Edgewater UMC in Port Charlotte.
Rev. Wes Olds is the associate pastor at Grace UMC in Cape Coral.

TRUSTEES TRAINING with Brian Donivan - Ministry Protection, FL Conference - Morning & Afternoon Sessions
As servant leaders and the keepers of God’s house, trustees are charged with a wide variety of responsibilities in managing church property. Join us for an interactive discussion about the top issues and responsibilities you may face as you fulfill your call of leadership and provide support to the vision and mission of your church.

Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011