SW District Great Beginnings
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Edgewater UMC
19190 Cochran Blvd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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Sandy Voigt


When your church changes senior pastors, it can be a time of excitement, sadness, anxiety, or mixed feelings. Join other churches going through a change in pastors, and get off to a great start together! Great Beginnings is a two-part training session for churches that will go through an appointment transition in July 2018.

Session 1: Saturday, June 23 (Laity only)

Facilitators will help you examine the current realities at your church, identify your hopes and dreams for the future, and imagine how your new pastor is a part of God's plan.

An extra 2-hour seminar will be offered to churches receiving cross cultural or cross racial appointments on June 23 from 3pm-5pm for the following churches:  Wesley Memorial Ft Myers, Port Charlotte, and Frostproof

Session 2: Saturday, July 14 (Laity and their new pastor)

You will learn more about how to communicate and work together as a team, take a closer look at your community using your Mission Insite profile, and talk with your new pastor about how the church can connect with your neighborhood and community.

Each church should invite the following to attend: Lay Leader, Staff Parish Relations Committee, Church Council members, Finance Committee, Trustees Committee and any other key leaders or staff persons at the church.  We ask that laity attend both sessions if at all possible in order to better continue the conversation with your new pastor!

Lunch will be provided!

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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