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Opportunities (Jan. 13, 2004)

Opportunities (Jan. 13, 2004)

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Opportunities - January 13, 2004 

Jan. 13, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140,  Orlando  {0004}

An e-Review News Item
By J.A. Buchholz**

Learn the basics of the United Methodist Church

An online course teaching the foundations of the United Methodist Church starts later this month. The next session of United Methodism 101 is Jan. 21 through Feb. 25. Enrollment opens Jan. 13 and ends Feb. 11.           

The course is provided by United Methodist Communications in Nashville and offers a quick look at United Methodist history, beliefs, structure and challenges. It is ideal for new United Methodists and those considering The United Methodist Church, as well as long-time United Methodists who would like to enhance their basic knowledge of the church.

For more information visit

Seminar focuses on churches launching new congregations           

The Florida Conference’s New Church Development office is offering a seminar on how established churches can become a parent to a new church Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando.            

Churches will learn how to create healthy relationships, develop congregational commitment, determine parenting strategy and other steps to successfully launch a new church.

Bob Logan, executive director of CoachNet, is the featured speaker and will share information on the innovative strategies he has developed to cultivate healthy, reproducing church movements worldwide.

Logan has written and co-written several books, including “Coaching 101,” “Beyond Church Growth,” “Raising Leaders for the Harvest,” “Releasing Your Church’s Potential,” “Cell Church Planter’s Guide” and the “Church Planter’s Toolkit.”

The cost is $25 per person, with lunch included. For more information or to register call 800-282-8011, extension 146.

UMCOR provides aid to Iran

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is currently in the process of assessing needs for immediate aid and long-term reconstruction in Bam, southeast Iran. This effort is in response to the deadly earthquake that struck in the early morning Dec. 26.        

UMCOR is asking for both emergency supplies and money. Gifts may be made to UMCOR Advance #624315, Iran Earthquake, and will underwrite additional humanitarian assistance to the stricken area.        

In addition, UMCOR expects to send health and school kits, among other supplies, to Iran. More information on health and school kits is available on UMCOR’s Web site at

One hundred percent of the tax-deductible gifts given will be used for this emergency. The generous giving of United Methodists to the One Great Hour of Sharing supplements the cost of Advance gifts.

For more information on UMCOR’s response in Iran visit

Information for creating child protection policy now online

The Florida Conference’s Child and Youth Protection Policy and supporting material are now available on the Florida Conference Web site at

Members of the 2003 Florida Annual Conference event adopted a resolution calling for all Florida Conference agencies, congregations, missions and pastoral charges that relate to children and youth in their programming to create a child protection policy and procedures for carrying out that policy. Those policies must be in place by the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event.

More information on child and youth protection policies is available on the Florida Conference Web site, in the 2003 Florida Annual Conference Event Workbook (pages 49-50) or by contacting the Rev. Carol Sue Hutchinson at  or 800-282-8011, extension 140.

Lilly Endowment announces Clergy Renewal Program

The Lilly Endowment has announced it will begin accepting applications for its National Clergy Renewal Program for pastors to take leave from their churches to study theology, write books, travel to religious sites, spend time with family and friends, and carry on other spiritual pursuits.

The endowment, based in Indianapolis, Ind., will provide up to 120 grants. The application deadline is June 25.

For more information call 317-916-7302, send an e-mail to,  write to Lilly Endowment Inc., Religion Division, 2801 N. Meridian St., P.O. Box 88068, Indianapolis, Ind., 46208-0068, or visit

Igniting Ministry offers new training this year

Igniting Ministry will launch a new training approach this year in eight cities across the United States.

“Living Our Promise” events for local church lay and clergy leaders will be held on Saturdays and will offer three unique training options held at the same time.

Individuals are encouraged to attend and cover one track or bring a team and cover all three sessions. There will be new information and a new resource available called “Living Our Promise Trainer’s Toolbox.”

A church team can register for one price of $40 per church. For more information contact Emily Reece by e-mail at  or call 877-281-6535.

Churches are asked to update online information

Church pastors or lay leaders are encouraged to verify their congregation’s information listed on the “Find-A-Church” Web site developed by United Methodist Communications in Nashville.

Churches may add their information or make changes and updates to existing information at   

For assistance call InfoServ at 800-251-8140 or e-mail

Mission resources now online

The entire catalog of mission-related materials and resources from the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries’ Service Center is now available at  The Service Center will continue to take phone orders at 800-305-9857.


*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Buchholz is a staff writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.