In the District
Dear Pastors and Wonderful People at the Local Churches in the North Central District,
Words are not enough to express my gratitude to all of the North Central District clergy. It’s been four hard months for all of you- juggling working with new technology and keeping your congregations updated in the middle of the pandemic. Pastors, thank you for everything that you do in this crisis.
I’m truly grateful as well to all of the church laities, church staff, church administrative assistants, and the District leadership. Thanks for all of your support for your pastors and the local churches.
Please know that since March 3rd, 2020, when the pandemic started, that I’ve been praying Psalm 91 for my dear clergy and to all the 87 churches in the North Central. I encourage all of you to read this Psalm in faith.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38
Your sister in Christ,
**Note about 2020 Charge Conference Forms and instructions. Forms will be live on Monday, August 24th.
FRESH EXPRESSION NEWS!
Is your church feeling stuck? FX Studios are an opportunity to join a cohort of friends who want to reach people our churches are not currently reaching.
The Studio is a yearlong journey, in which your team will meet together two times:
- Studio Gathering 1: All teams will meet together to describe where they are in the ‘loving-first cycle,’ learn from each other, and plan out next steps.
- Studio Gathering 2: All teams will come back together six months later to again share learnings and collaborate.
In between Studio 1, Studio 2, your team will be supported through: 1. A shared focus 2. The free app, FX: Godsend or FX: Connect, 3. A community of peer learners, 4. Support via social media, and 5. Skype/Zoom-based coaching with the FX team.
Studio Gathering 1: Wednesday September 30, 2020 9am-12 by Zoom.
Studio Gathering 2: Saturday March 20, 2021 (location to be determined)
What do I need to do?
- Download free Godsend App or access at www.fxresourcing.org/godsend/share/
or download FXConnect App https://fxconnectus.org/
- Work through the five modules in the “overview” section
- Get your team together and register each person for the first Studio gathering
Everything else will be provided for you from there!
Attached to this email is an in-depth description of the Studio and an intro video from Michael Moynagh and Michael Beck.
If you have any questions, please contact Michael Beck:
COVID-19 VIRUS UPDATE, CLICK HERE.
Charge Conference forms go live August 24.
Share what your ministry is doing with the conference
If you have short videos showing your ministry in action, youth activities, feeding the hungry, children’s ministry, etc., you can share them with the conference in our Now Playing feature on the home page at https://www.flumc.org.
Videos should be 4 minutes or less. You can share your video with us here: https://www.flumc.org/submitvideo.
You can also share your photos on our Photos from around the conference page https://www.flumc.org/photos.
Click HERE to submit your photos.
Join the OMT Collective!
Do you have skills in the area of writing, photography, video, graphic design, or curation? We would love to activate those talents and connect you to our shared mission. We believe you can help us create and curate dynamic storytelling content for The Florida Conference.
As we think of new ways to streamline our communications, while at the same time increasing our storytelling capacity, we are convinced that there are talented people all over the Conference that might be willing to use their gifts to help tell the story of our movement.
There is so much good to be celebrated that is happening all over The Florida Conference and we want to make sure we are highlighting it well!
That is where you come in.
If you have the capacity to periodically write a story, curate some resources, shoot photos or video, or make a graphic, would you consider joining the On Mission Together Collective?
Oftentimes, we miss out on great stories of Courageous Leadership, Missional Engagement, and Spirit-Led Innovation because we don’t have a network of storytellers across the Conference set up to capture them. This group of leaders will help shape the stories that we tell in The Florida Conference and use their gifts to bless those who interact with this content.
If you would have any interest in serving in this way, take a moment to fill out our interest form so that we can begin bringing together leaders willing to make an impact through communication: OMT Collective Interest Form
Our goal is for this initiative to be a natural extension of the gifts you are already using and a match to the capacity you have to give.
Thank you for considering, we look forward to connecting with you..
Annual Assessment of Clergy Leadership
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabinet and the Office of Clergy Excellence has agreed to postpone the deadline for annual clergy evaluations for non-moving clergy to September 30, 2020. The completed forms should be emailed to Belinda at email@example.com.
The clergy assessment process is available on the FLUMC website under Clergy Excellence.
NOTE: This is required for every clergy appointed to the local church. These evaluations are not required for extension ministers or deacons working beyond the local church setting.
Annual Conference 2020 Update
Virtual Pre-Annual Conference Orientation - North Central District's virtual session is August 17 at 6pm. You may attend any of the three that are offered.
Atlantic Central + East Central + South East Districts: Tuesday, August 18, 7 pm
Gulf Central + South West Districts: Thursday, August 20, 6 pm
North Central + North East + North West: Monday, August 17, 6 pm
The following events will all be virtual on September 12.
Laity Session - 10:00am - noon
Service of Commissioning - 1:00pm
Service of Ordination - 3:00pm
Installation of our two new District Superintendents - 4:30pm
Update to Missional Vital Signs Reporting
While churches are not meeting in person due to COVID-19, The Florida Conference will use a Modified MVS reporting model. Click HERE for instructions and to report March, April, & May MVS.
If you have data not entered for February or before, please complete the Monthly Data Gathering Chart for each of those months and email it to Belinda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar of Events
August 17 - 6 pm -North Central + North East + North West: Virtual Pre-Conference Orientation - More information coming soon.
September 7- Labor Day
October 10 - North Central District Super Charge Conference
November 11 -Veteran’s Day
November 26 -Thanksgiving
November 27 - Day after Thanksgiving
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 25 - Christmas Day
September 19th in Lakeland to recognize our retiring clergy, share in our memorial service, and celebrate commissioning and ordinations.