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THRIVE! Leadership Day 2022



Like never before, ministry of the local church is hard. Honest questions around the future are abundant. But even amid our real challenges, God is moving and wants us to not just survive, but Thrive! And we want to help charge that path forward! 

The Atlantic Central District is excited to offer "Thrive! Rebuilding the Local Church." Matthew Hartsfield, Lead Pastor of Bay Hope United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida, will lead us in two keynote sessions. There will be breakout sessions that will meet the real needs of the local church that will give your ministry a boost to take next steps to rebuilding the church right now and for the future.

This event is open to everyone - pastors, leaders, and laity. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. We invite you to come and be inspired to Thrive!

Saturday, January 22, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Doors will open at 8:15 AM)
Suntree UMC - Melbourne

Listen to this invitation from Pastor Matthew and plan to join us!






Thrive! Register Now



Breakout Sessions


Below are the Breakout Sessions being offered at Thrive! When registering, please make two selections, first choice and second choice. Space is limited at most sessions so register early!

  • Digital Church  l  Andy Magee, Bay Hope Church
  • Fresh Expressions  l Rev. Lou Weber, First - Melbourne, and Rev. Amy Armistead, First - Ormond Beach
  • Spiritual Leadership  l  Rev. Dionne C. Hammond, Atlantic Central District Superintendent
  • Student Ministry  l  Jay Becker, Student Ministry Director at First - Vero Beach
  • Be the Bridge  l  Zenie Zdorow, Atlantic Central District Lay Leader
  • ALPHA  l  Rev. Craig Hammond, First - Melbourne, and Rev. Mike Zdorow, Trinity - Palm Beach Gardens
  • Discipleship Pathway  l  Bruce Kitson, Atlantic Central District Church Health Advocate, and Rev. Tim May, United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches
  • Stewardship  l  David Lopez, Generis
  • Well Done, Faithful Servant  l  Rev. Lisa Degrenia, Coronado Community - New Smyrna Beach
    • Take the step from doing a good thing to doing a God thing. This interactive workshop will explore faithful, healthy practices for serving others. Topics include seeing the need, helping that hurts, and making an action plan.
  • Technology and Communications  l  Rev. Mike Mayes, Suntree
  • God's Visions for Justice Ministry  l  Rev. Allee Willcox, Suntree, and other Justice Ministry participants
    • Micah 6:8 offers a visions for both churches and individuals as we seek to following and honor God: 'Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.' Often, churches and individuals get the last two correct: loving mercy by feeding the hungry; clothing the naked; or walking humbly with God through Bible studies and active worship participation. However, may lack a robust justice ministry that seeks to address the root causes of their neighbors' suffering. 
      • In this breakout session, you will hear about Suntree UMC's commitment to local, nonpartisan, grassroots justice ministry through the work of DART's Brevard Justice Ministry, and how you, too, can get involved. 


Child Care Provided


Child care will be provided for this event. Please let us know that you will need child care when you register and provide the names and ages of children needing care. 

Suntree UMC will need the form, found by clicking here, to be given to the child care team upon arrival at the event. If you have any questions about the form, please contact Mary at Suntree UMC at 321-242-2585 x 1123.