EQUIP Leadership Event

The District Operations Team requires all churches to attend a minimum of two Equip events each year.


2019 District Leadership Event

Join the North East District for our 2019 Training Event entitled EQUIP – Reclaiming Our Heritage: Wesleyan Small Group Formation. During this training event on Saturday, February 9, 2019, we will offer three sessions throughout the day. All sessions will be led by The Rev. Dr. Kevin Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies. 

You must register in advance to attend. Due to space constraints, we cannot allow walk-in registrations. Cost to attend the event is $10 per person. We have changed our registration platform to allow for group registration. So if your church wants to bring a group, they can all be registered and paid for in one registration. 


8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Fellowship/Check-In
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome/Opening Worship
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Session 1 – What is Discipleship? 
10:45 – 11 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Session 2 – Classes/Bands: How they work and what is happening now. 1
2:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Session 3 – Practical Issues of Small Group Dynamics: Drifters, Group Life Cycle
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Final Q&A/Closing

Please refer to the Leadership Day Event Guide for additional information.


Social media is everywhere these days. Shouldn’t the church be there too? In this course, we will show you the basics of using social media for ministry. You will take an in-depth look at the special features of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. By taking the time to learn best practices for social media, your church will be on the right track to engaging with your members and reaching new people in your community.

By the end of this training session, you will be able to:

--Understand the largest social media platforms used today

--Develop a social media presence for your church and yourself

--Engage with the members of your congregation using social media

--Reach out to new people in your community using platforms they already use

--Create a more dynamic and engaging ministry on the web

This FREE session is being offered on March 6, 2019, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Fleming Island UMC. Bring your lunch or sneak out to grab a bite and then come back to attend the afternoon session (1-3 p.m.) entitled Church Marketing - How to Effectively Reach Your Community Session. Please register to attend this free training.


Start the journey to more effectively share your church’s story and identity with the community through a comprehensive church marketing plan.

This course is designed to help churches implement a strategic marketing plan by exploring the planning process, branding standards and various ways their church can have an impact. Additionally, the Church Marketing Plan Tool (CMPT) is designed to help church leaders identify and fine tune the strategies needed to increase the church’s reach and thrive in the areas that are unique to their community. Join the District and the United Methodist Communications Agency for this FREE Training Session. 

By the end of this training session, you will be able to:

  • Plan and build a marketing plan
  • Launch a successful marketing strategy
  • Identify the importance of a consistent brand
  • Develop a custom plan geared at reaching the people in your community
  • Utilize the Church Marketing Plan Tool

This FREE session is being offered on March 6, 2019, 1-3 p.m.,at Fleming Island UMC. Come early and attend the 10 a.m. training session entitled Social Media for Churches. Please register to attend this free training. 

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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