FRESH EXPRESSION NEWS!
You’re invited to the Fresh Expressions Studio!
FX Studios are an opportunity to join a cohort of friends who want to form new Christian communities with people our congregations are not currently reaching.
The Studio is a yearlong journey, in which our teams will meet together and support each other along the journey of cultivating Fresh Expressions of Church. In between the gatherings your team will be supported in these four ways: 1. The free app, FX: Godsend, 2. A community of peer learners, 3. Support via social media, and 4. Skype/Zoom-based coaching with the NCD FX team.
What do I need to do?
- If you don’t have one yet… form a Fresh Expressions Team
- Download the free Godsend App or access at www.fxresourcing.org/godsend/share/
- Start working through the “Overview modules” in the app, and the “loving first” journey
- Bring your team to the first gathering:
Studio Gathering 1 - Saturday May 2nd First Ocala UMC 9am-3pm (1126 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL).
Everything else will be provided for you from there!
If you have any questions, please contact Michael Beck:
North Central District Rural Church Ministry Celebration
Saturday, March 21st, 2020
Evinston United Methodist Church
8505 SE 182nd Avenue, Evinston, FL 32633
The North Central District would like to celebrate its amazing rural ministries.
On Saturday, March 21st, all rural church laity and pastors are encouraged to attend the North Central District's Rural Church Ministries Celebration. The celebration will include music, nationally known guest speaker, Rev. Tex Sample, and old-fashioned games for children and youth. The District will provide a BBQ lunch.
Registration begins at 9:30am
The event begins at 10am and will conclude at 3pm
The event will be held at Evinston United Methodist Church
**Free Event - ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR FOOD COUNT.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Lay Servant Ministries News!
Please join us to in extending best wishes to Mr. Walter Dry, who retired as a Director of the Lay Servant Ministries last December. We would like to extend our gratitude to Walter for two years of hard work, and dedication.
May God Bless You, Walter.
New North Central District Lay Servant Ministries Training Director
|David B. Palmer|
North Central District welcome David Palmer as the new Lay Servant Ministries Director.
Brief Bio for David B. Palmer (Dave)
David’s objective is to advance the quality, accessibility and opportunities of the NCD Lay Servant Ministries program in response to Jesus Christ’s call to build up his body, the church.
David has been an active United Methodist for many years with the most recent 15 years here on the North Central District. He is a member of Belleview UMC and serves on the worship team as a liturgist and in the music ministry. He also preaches in a fill-in role. He and his wife Karen serve as members of Belleview’s large Fresh Expressions team. His in Lay Ministries work includes local church service as a bible studies teacher, committee leadership on Staff Pastor Parish Relations, Finance, Missions, Youth and Disaster Response and as chair of the Administrative Board/Church Council. He has worked at the district level on the District Council on Ministries and as a Lay Member-at-Large to the Virginia Annual Conference. He served on the Norfolk District with retired Florida Bishop Timothy Whittaker, who was DS at that time.
David and Karen have been active United Methodists since their marriage at Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. They have two (2) adult children, Brandon (Kim) and Kristen. He loves his role as a granddaddy with two grandsons, Bodie and Brooks.
He is the Director of Operational Support for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and an adjunct professor at the College of Central Florida. He is a graduate from Old Dominion University (Master of Public Administration) and Thomas Edison University (BSBA in Business, ASM in Management). He holds several professional credentials as a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management and in Florida Public Sector Labor Relations. He mentors college students and NCD Lay Servants. David is a Certified Lay Servant and Certified Lay Speaker candidate.
Statistics due February 7, 2020
Please visit the Year-End Statistics Instructions website as you begin preparations for reporting your church's end of year statistics. You will find everything you need for reporting. Please read all instructions, before you begin!
- Church Guide for EOY and EZRA Reporting (Login Instructions & Passwords)
- Church Table Directions (help text)
- New Church Development and Year End Statistical Reporting
Step by Step Overview of the Year-End Reporting Process
The information you share gives the GCFA and the conference an opportunity to see how the churches have prospered in the last year.
Online reporting has begun and is due by February 7, 2020. Thank you for your help in telling our churches' stories through statistics.
Workers Compensation Payroll Audit
Report actual payroll for calendar year 2019. Must be completed between February 1 and February 21, 2020. In order to comply with State of Florida requirements related to workers' compensation coverage, we ask that you complete the brief online payroll form. Please review your payroll records (941's etc.) for the calendar year 2019 and complete the form as accurately as possible. Please note that your responses will not affect your workers' compensation insurance costs for 2020 as this updated information is simply required to comply with State of Florida regulations.
March 31 Reports
The following reports are due to the District office by March 31.
Please email them to Belinda Luquis email@example.com.
The church needs to have a Local Church Employee form signed by each employee and kept in their personnel file. This does not get sent to the District office.
The Fund Balance report is submitted online by Finance. Do not send a hard copy to the District. The form is located in your Church Dashboard on the bottom left. Note: The Disaster Recovery Resource Survey is no longer required.
For detailed instructions on reports, please review the Calendar of Reports.
Florida Conference Celebrates 175th Anniversary!
It is with great excitement that I share with you that on February 6, the Florida Conference will celebrate its 175th anniversary! On February 6, 1845, one month before Florida was granted statehood, the Florida Conference held the first session at Trinity United Methodist Church in Tallahassee. Today, your church is invited to celebrate this significant milestone in the life of the conference in your own unique way.
Some ideas for your church to consider ways to celebrate may be through a special music moment in worship, whether it is the children’s choir, chancel choir or praise band playing a worship song that celebrates this anniversary. Or, your church may want to hold a birthday celebration with cake and the singing of “Happy Birthday”! A special prayer or congregational response may be another way to signify the 175 years of ministry in our great Conference.
We do ask that you would send a picture, video, and update to us so that we can post this to the Florida Conference website and other social media so that our brothers and sisters Conference-wide may see how you celebrated!
Also, it is always a good time to update the history of your local church. When you can, please send an updated history to the Heritage Center so that we can keep this valuable information for future generations. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Judi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make it fun, make it special, and above all make this wonderful celebration a way to give thanks for the countless ways God has faithfully moved to allow the Holy Spirit to flow through this conference that we hold so dear.
Anita "Nita" Campbell, Chairperson
Archives & History
Psalm 132:18 “Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord.”
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)
Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day
For over 80 years God has been using Child Evangelism Fellowship® to bring the love of Jesus Christ to children around the world. The Word of God puts a high priority on children. They are near to God’s heart and we believe that He is uniquely concerned about their spiritual welfare. Without the foundation of a relationship with God and training in Biblical principles for life they are unequipped to face what life will throw at them.
Child Evangelism Fellowship, also known as CEF®, is a Bible-centered, worldwide organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the local church for Christian living. CEF was founded by Jesse Irvin Overholtzer in 1937. The ministry has grown into the largest evangelistic outreach to children in the world. CEF is currently ministering in countries around the world and in every state in the U.S.
God has given His people a clear commission—to reach every creature with the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our special mission in CEF is to evangelize every child. In the last ministry year our workers worldwide reached over 25.4 million children! As children grow in their relationship with the Lord through meditating on His Word, they develop godly character, which produces much fruit to the glory of God, including spreading the Gospel to their peers.
God has given CEF a number of unique ministries which have proven to be effective tools in our effort to evangelize and disciple children. Good News Club®, a weekly club during the school year, is more popular than ever following the Supreme Court victory allowing Good News Club to take place in public schools across America. Our summer 5-Day Club® outreach takes place over the course of a five-day period, offering a unique opportunity for children to interact with teenagers who receive training in the Christian Youth In Action™ program.
Perhaps God is leading you to become more involved in the lives of children. CEF is here to come along side individuals and churches to train, equip and encourage for His kingdom’s sake. Interested in more information? Please check out our state website at CEFFlorida.com or connect with us at the East Central District Conference in February.
Florida United Methodist Children's Home is Hiring!
Career Fair - February 15 - 9am - Noon
Licensing School 2020
May 11 - 22, 2020
Licensing School 2020 will be held at Florida Southern College May 11 through May 22, 2020. Click HERE for the link with the requirements for licensing school, the tentative schedule and the revised fillable application.
Please note the cost has changed due to the fact that we have been losing money on this for some time now. It will be $900 per person and $700 for those who are Certified Candidate in the Florida Conference. There is no additional paperwork needed for the $200 reduction in costs. Compared to other schools we are charging significantly less.
Apply Now for UMC FCU Scholarships for College Bound Students
The Florida United Methodist Connectional FCU is once again offering scholarships to 17-35 year-old college-bound students in our connection. Four winning applicants, one from each of our four conferences - Florida, North Georgia, South Georgia, & Alabama-West Florida - will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. Click HERE for complete rules and full essay submission criteria. Click HERE for the application with all the details. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2020.
Questions? Call 866-687-2136.
Important dates in the United Methodist Church
General Conference 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 5 - 15
A Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions
New Book of Rev. Michael Beck and Rev. Jorge Acevedo
According to Fresh Expressions U.S., "a Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church." Fresh Expressions are introducing people to Jesus, expanding the kingdom, and revitalizing churches. Congregations need a practical and theological resource that can help them cultivate Fresh Expressions. As consultants who work nationwide and as innovative pastors, authors Michael Beck and Jorge Acevedo awaken congregational leaders and ministry teams to a distinctive Wesleyan approach for the Fresh Expressions movement. In Wesleyan Fresh Expressions, they show congregations how to cultivate and customize fresh expressions that fit their local context. They motivate ministry teams to take risks, experiment, and when necessary, fail well.
On April 2, 1739, John Wesley went to a field just outside what was then the city limits of Bristol, England. There he tried a missional innovation called field preaching. Thousands of people showed up, many of whom who had no connection with a church. Today, most Methodists and other Wesleyans don’t know their own story. Lost in the milieu of divisive issues that threaten to tear the church apart, Wesleyans have forgotten their DNA as a renewal movement, born not from doctrinal disputes but from a missional imperative. In this sense, the Fresh Expressions movement is the most "Methodist" thing in the denomination today. This iteration of the Spirit is taking it to the fields again. Wesleyan Fresh Expressions will help guide the way.
To order the book, please click here.
February 22 - District Training Event - "For Such A Time As This-Leading Through the In-Between" First Ocala UMC, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
March 3 - Spring Clergy Team Meeting 9:30am - 1:00pm - Belleview UMC
March 21 - Rural Churches Ministry Celebration - Evinston UMC - 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
May 2 - Studio Gathering 1 Fresh Expression - First Ocala UMC 9am-3pm