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.
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
February 10, 2018 - Igniting Men Conference sponsored by the District United Methodist Men @ Mandarin UMC.
April 29, 2018 - Announcement Sunday
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 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 12, 2018 - District Administrative Brunch, 9:30-12:30 @ Southside UMC.
September 14-15, 2018 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Ortega UMC, Jacksonville
October 20, 2018 - Super-Charged Conference @ CrossRoad UMC, Jacksonville