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Opportunities (March 10, 2004)

Opportunities (March 10, 2004)

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Opportunities -- March 10, 2004

March 10, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140    Orlando  {0038}

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

Resource helps churches spread information

A year after its launch, a free service called "News In Pews" is helping more than 1,450 churches provide news to their local congregations.

Created by United Methodist News Service, 'News In Pews' provides churches with opportunities to create their own, high-quality newsletters. Each weekly and monthly issue contains churchwide news and information and spotlights how giving to United Methodist projects helps spread the Gospel.

The free, e-mail subscription service is available in eight-page and four-page versions. All that is needed for the service is a computer that runs Microsoft Word (version 1995 or newer), a printer, photo files on that computer (optional), and news and information from the local church congregation.

The news offered centers on opportunities for service, human-interest items about real people doing real things, and breaking news within the denomination. The template is accompanied by suggestions for content and layout, with space designated for a pastor's column, a main story about an event in the church, a youth page, announcements and other features.

For more information visit

Leadership resource available for pastors

Pastors have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills through specific casework with colleagues across the country through the Clergy Leadership Forum.

The Rev. Greg Brown, a United Methodist from the Baltimore/Washington Conference, distributes the free e-newsletter every Tuesday morning to subscribed clergy, inviting them for an exchange of ideas between clergy who submit real leadership cases from their local church situations and those who respond with helpful feedback. The newsletter also highlights leadership enhancement ideas from a wide variety of disciplines.

For more information visit

General Board of Discipleship provides musician assistance

The General Board of Discipleship has a worship and music site that includes a collection of ideas for churches hiring musicians and for musicians searching for church positions.

Included are articles, tips, job postings, job description information, help with interviewing, information from the [United Methodist] 'Book of Discipline' and sources for compensation comparisons.

For more information visit and,823.

 United Methodist Volunteers In Mission training scheduled

United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) training for team leaders and volunteers is May 14-16 at the Servants in Faith and Technology (SIFAT) Campus in Lineville, Ala.

Team Leaders will receive information on preparing an UMVIM team for service, including effective project selection, cultural sensitivity for teams, logistics and finance.

Individual volunteers will receive information about effective and meaningful medium-term mission service and placement assistance.

The cost is $140 and includes room and board, instruction and materials. Participants may register at or contact UMVIM Southeastern Jurisdiction at 404-377-7424 or


*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.