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CANCELLED - SW District THRIVE! Local Church Leadership Event

CANCELLED - SW District THRIVE! Local Church Leadership Event
When
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Where
Edgewater UMC
19190 Cochran Blvd
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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Phone
941-371-6511

Email
flumc-sw@flumc.org

Contact
Sandy Voigt


CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR LATER DATE


THRIVE!

SW District Local Church Leadership Event


March 14, 2020
Edgewater UMC, 19190 Cochran Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL
Cost: $10.00 cash or check payable to "South West District" at the door. Lunch and child care provided.
9:00   Check-In and Fellowship - (snacks provided, childcare opens)
9:30   Worship and Welcome
9:45   Keynote Speaker
11:00  Breakout 1
12:00  Lunch
12:45   Breakout 2
2:00    Keynote Speaker
3:00    Close of Day
 
How can we embody the mission of God to a world that seems to change every day? Join us on March 14th for Thrive 2020 where, together, we will explore how we can strengthen churches and leaders for the mission, helping them take risks and have the courage to bring about deep change in their communities.  Let's be the church that changes the world!
 
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
We are excited to announce that Rev. Lisa Greenwood will join us to offer wisdom on how we can lead in a culture of change. Lisa will help us understand the current shifts we face and will share tools to free us to be the church in and around our communities.  Topics will include:
  • How to create adaptive ministries
  • How to encourage innovation
  • How to generate a culture of purpose and generosity
Lisa serves as the Vice President for Leadership Ministry for the Texas Methodist Foundation, where she helps pastors and laity discern and discover new ways to utilize their communities’ potential to fulfill God’s purpose. She is an Elder in the United Methodist Church with 20 years of experience as a pastor in the North Texas Conference.
 
Each participant will choose a morning and afternoon breakout session; selections include environmental practices and creation care, spiritual practices, digital communications and social media, finance, equipping lay people, and aligning resources with our mission. Children ages 4 and up may participate in Godly Play sessions during the breakout sessions.

BREAKOUT DESCRIPTIONS

Be the Church that Brings People into the Kingdom - How to Share Your Faith with the People in Your Life (afternoon session only)
Does sharing your faith with others seem scary? You are not alone! In an age of political correctness, introducing Jesus can feel like an impossible task. But it doesn't have to be hard! In this session, we will discuss how we can break the silence to share our love of God in ways that are simple, compelling and relevant. Facilitated by Lynn Ball, SW District Congregational Vitality Specialist and Director of Discipleship at Edgewater Church.

Be the Church that Cares for the Earth - Solar Energy and Positive Environmental Practices (morning session only)
The earth is God’s good creation and requires the church to be a good witness of its care. Come explore how your local church can be that witness and why it makes a difference. From simple practices to institutional changes we will dive deep into what some consider to be the most urgent concern of our day.  Presented by Rev. Roy Terry, Pastor of Cornerstone Church in Naples and Elan Brown who holds a Masters in Horticultural Studies and serves as the Chair of Creation Care for the Florida Conference and Ministry Leader for Creation Justice at Cornerstone UMC.

Be the Church that Communicates Well - Communications I: Website Development (morning session only)
Chances are that most people who are considering visiting your church are going to check out your online presence before setting foot on your campus.  You don't need to be a tech guru, but you do need a strategy for your website and social media!  Come for practical tips and discussion on how to communicate well with people both inside and outside your congregation.  Part I will focus on how to build great websites that are both informative and relevant to those checking out your church.  Facilitated by Bronwyn Bedient, director of communications at Cypress Lake UMC.

Be the Church that Communicates Well - Communications II: Social Media (afternoon session only)
Chances are that most people who are considering visiting your church are going to check out your online presence before setting foot on your campus.  You don't need to be a tech guru, but you do need a strategy for your website and social media!  Come for practical tips and discussion on how to communicate well with people both inside and outside your congregation.  Part II will focus on how to use Social Media well for connection and engagement. Facilitated by Bronwyn Bedient, director of communications at Cypress Lake UMC.

Be the Church that Disciples Men (afternoon session only)
Come for a discussion on how to create a thriving community of men at your church.  Presented by John Delaney, chair of United Methodist Men for The Florida Annual Conference.

Be the Church that Does What it Says - How to Align Money and Other Resources to Accomplish the Mission (afternoon session only)
A key in many churches is inconsistency between what we declare is our mission and how we actually function. In this session, Dan will provide training on how to assess the consistency between your church’s stated mission and operational mission, as well as how to align structure, leadership, staff, and budget between your church’s stated mission and operational mission.  Presented By Rev. Dan Jackson.  Prior to becoming the current Superintendent of the Southwest District, Dan Jackson served as the Director of New Church Development for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Be the Church that Embodies the Mission in a Changing World - Question & Answer Session with Lisa Greenwood and Dan Jackson (morning session only)
Dan and Lisa will offer a session for those interested in diving deeper into the issues Lisa addresses in her key note presentation. The goal will be to focus on developing the courageous leadership needed to create adaptive, innovative ministries that connect with a constantly changing culture. 

Be the Church that Equips the Saints - Lay Ministry Workshop (morning and afternoon sessions)
While our clergy inspire, train and guide us, almost every ministry and outreach we have is enabled, empowered and conducted by the blood, sweat and prayers of lay people. Join us in looking at the history of laity in the Methodist Movement, as well as the biblical call on each of us to join God in his great work to set right the whole world. Discover opportunities to examine your own call through the many resources made available through our United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.  Rod Groom currently serves as Conference and district director for Lay Servant Ministries.

Be the Church that Seeks God Deeply - Spiritual Practices I: Praying Out Loud (morning session only)
Does the idea of praying out loud intimidate you? You’re not alone. The good news is, praying out loud is a skill that can be learned. It’s as easy as finishing a sentence. Sign up for this interactive workshop and bring a friend. Facilitated by Rev. Lisa Degrenia

Be the Church that Seeks God Deeply - Spiritual Practices II: Hearing From God (afternoon session only)
Do you long for more peace and clarity in your life? Does your prayer life feel shallow or stuck? Do you have a big decision to make? Join us for an interactive workshop on the Christian spiritual practice of listening prayer. Facilitated by Rev. Lisa Degrenia


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