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February 2018 District Newsletter

District Superintendent's Message

February's message from the District Superintendent sums up perfectly how much we need to change the way we do church. This is not something new. It is a continuing theme that we will keep focusing on as we meet not only in Leadership Events, but in clergy meetings, Lay Servant trainings and in our weekly and monthly messages.

We must change in order to reach disciples.  Read Jay's message and let us know how we can help!

Leadership Event - Follow Up!

We had close to 300 people attend the EQUIP Leadership Events at Keystone UMC and Beach Church. We cannot thank the host churches enough for their radical hospitality! We are also grateful for the instructors who took time out of their busy schedules to be part of this event. 

We have been getting such great feedback from the event. If you attended and haven't filled out the survey - please do so.  

In addition, check out our website for videos and presentations from the event. 

MissionInsite Training with Tom Bandy

MissionInsite Training with Tom Bandy will be held @ CrossRoad UMC, Jacksonville. 

  • 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - This training is designed for small to medium-sized churches
  • 1-4 p.m. - This training is designed for medium to large-sized churches. 

Cost is $25 per church and due to space constraints, each church may bring no more than five people. You must register and pre-pay in order to attend. Please feel free to bring a laptop with you.  Please register by February 3, 2018.

Register online today!

Spring 2018 Lay Servant Ministry Training - Registration is open! 

Training will be held on Friday, April 13, 2017 from 6:30-9 p.m. and also on Saturday, April 14, 2017 from  8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m at New Life Community UMC (please do not contact the church for event information.)  Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Class sizes are limited to 15 students per class. Be sure to register early. No walk-in please. This training is open to all. If you are seeking to receive certification of re-certification credits you must attend all 10 hours of the training. Registration is now open and will run through April 3, 2017.

We are offering the following classes:

  • Basic Lay Servant 
  • Advanced - Planning Worship
  • Advanced - Leading in Prayer
  • Advanced - Accountable Discipleship
  • Advanced - From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon 

Register today! No walk-ins please.

Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 2pm through Friday, Feb. 23rd, 3pm at First UMC, In Lakeland. Register NOW!

19th Annual DLC Golf Tournament

The 19th Annual DLC Nurse & Learn Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. For tickets and sponsor opportunities, please check out their website or download the event flyer.


February 2018

February 10, 2018 - MissionInsite Training with Tom Bandy @ CrossRoad UMC, Jacksonville 

February 10, 2018 - Igniting Men Conference sponsored by the District United Methodist Men @ Mandarin UMC. 

March 2018

March 1, 2018 – District Ministry Team Meeting, 11:30 – 3 @ Fleming Island UMC – Brown Bag Lunch. All clergy serving a local church are required to attend. 

April 2018

April 13-14, 2018 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ New Life Community UMC, Jacksonville

April 29, 2018 - Announcement Sunday

May 2018

May 1 & 15, 2018 - Great Beginnings Training churches with a pastoral transition only, Shores UMC, St. Augustine

May 31, 2018 - Right Start for New & Moving Clergy, 10-4 @ First UMC, Lakeland

June 2018

June 1, 2018 - Right Start for New Clergy (Sexual Ethics & HR), 9-4 @ First UMC, Lakeland

June 7-9, 2018 - Annual Conference, Florida Southern College, Lakeland

June 26, 2018 - Moving Day

September 2018

September 12, 2018 - District Administrative Brunch, 9:30-12:30 @ Southside UMC.

September 14-15, 2018 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Ortega UMC, Jacksonville

October 2018

October 10, 2018 – District Ministry Team Meeting, 11:30 – 3 @ Fleming Island UMC – Brown Bag Lunch. All clergy serving a local church are required to attend. 

October 20, 2018 - Super-Charged Conference @ CrossRoad UMC, Jacksonville