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2023 Conference Wide Local Church Training

The Conference is offering Local Church Training via Zoom over seven consecutive weeks. Each subject will have three opportunities for you to attend:

Thursdays 2:00pm and 6:30pm
Saturdays at 9:00am.

The material will be the same at all three sessions. Attend the one that works for YOU! Click HERE for the flyer to share with your team. The meetings will not be recorded.

Registration will close 24 hours before each session. If you are trying to register within 24 hours, please email Claudia Sava to request the link. Her email is

Local Church Financial Policies and Best Practices 

Craig Smelser, Conference Treasurer
February 2 & 4, 2023

This class will equip finance teams to be good stewards of the local church’s financial resources. It will include payroll, accounting, and finance issues.  We will also review accounting controls, apportionment calculations and financial best practices.

Click here for the Finance Power Point.

Florida United Methodist Children's Home (FUMCH) Local Church Representative (LCR)

Rev. Brian Carr, Director of Church Relations
February 9 & 11, 2023

Calling all LCRs and church leaders!  Are you new in your LCR role?  Looking to add a little spice to your acumen?  This session is for you!  It is an engaging session in which you will hear about all the resources the Children’s Home has to equip you in spreading the message about their mission and current programming.  We will make sure you leave with the LCR Handbook and packet as your “go to guide.”  You will be provided with detailed information about the Children’s Home so you will feel empowered to serve as an effective liaison.  You will learn about moving stories to convey the message.  You will also have the opportunity to share your own success stories of engagement at individual churches to help others.  This session is about creating and augmenting the longstanding partnership between the Children’s Home and the local United Methodist Churches.  

Ministry Protection for Trustees

LaNita Battles, Director of Ministry Protection
February 16 & 18, 2023

Trustees:  As servant leaders and the "Keepers of God's House" trustees are charged with a wide variety of responsibilities in managing church property.  Join us for an interactive discussion about the top issues and responsibilities faced as you fulfill your call of leadership and provide support to the vision and mission of your church: Managing Local Church Property. 

Human Resources

February 23 & 25, 2023

This will be an HR training. This does not replace the SPRC Training that the DS holds. SPRC Teams, Business Managers, HR Managers should plan on attending. We will cover Fair Labor Standards Act, Contractor vs Employee, Reporting Wages to the State, Job Descriptions, Employee Evaluations, Coaching, Clergy Benefits, Payroll, Department of Labor Posters, hiring, firing, & employee handbooks. 

Child Youth Protection Training (CYPP) - Train the Trainer

LaNita Battles, Director of Ministry Protection
March 2 & 4, 2023

Join us for Train the Trainer. You will learn tools to go back to your local church and lead the CYPP Training. The Florida Conference has made changes to the policy that has been in place since 2009. This session will review the Conference's comprehensive strategy for providing a safe, nurturing environment for our children and youth. The changes to the policy will be covered in this session. All churches must update their church policy to reflect these changes and submit a signed adoption agreement by April 30 stating that those working with children and youth have been CYPP trained.

Nominations/Lay Leadership Development Training

Rev. Cynthia Weems, South East District Superintendent and Judith Pierre-Okerson, President, United Women in Faith (FLUMC)
March 9 & 11, 2023

This training will focus on the work of developing a deeper pool of leaders within our churches that reflects the rich diversity and array of spiritual gifts among us. It will include best practices on how to do the work of lay leadership development year-round, how to identify challenges to this work within the context of your local church and how to invite, equip and encourage leaders.

Lay Leader & Lay Member to Annual Conference

Derrick Scott III and Alice Williams, Co-Conference Lay Leaders
March 16 & 18, 2023

This session will help equip Laity who are attending Annual Conference with updates and information needed to prepare for AC 2023.  Led by Co-Lay Leaders Derrick Scott and Alice Williams, the session will review the process of Annual Conference, review the resolutions that will be introduced, and updates on relevant activity taking place in the FLUMC.