NW May 2018 Newsletter

YOUTH RANCH CELEBRATION

Dedication Day at the Ranch 2018 - During this year, we have seen the construction of both the Chapel and the Counseling and Support Services Center (CSSC) on the campus of the Madison Youth Ranch. Both of these have been the result of years of prayers and support. On May 5, 2018, the Ranch will be hosting Dedication Day at the Ranch to celebrate the official opening of these two new buildings. The schedule of the day is as follows:
10:30 am - Gates will open, with campus tours commencing.
11:30 am - Program to dedicate the Chapel and CSSC.
12:00 pm - Picnic lunch on campus. Tours resume after lunch.

The CSSC will provide space for the therapists to provide treatment for the children, as well as meeting & training space for staff. It will serve as the administrative hub of the Madison campus. The Center even includes a storm shelter for the children in case of inclement weather. The Chapel has a multipurpose worship space, allowing for varied worship experiences for the campus. It has an A/V system that will allow for the use of various multimedia resources. Additionally, the stained glass windows in the Chapel tell the story of the Christian faith, inviting the children to see themselves as a part of it. 

We hope you will plan to be at this historic day as we celebrate these dreams becoming a reality. In order to accommodate our visitors, we ask that you please RSVP by Friday, April 20, 2018. To RSVP, you may visit www.fumch.org/RSVP, or call 386.668.5088.

 

CHILDREN'S HOME AMBASSADORS NEEDED

The role of the Children’s Home Ambassador is to represent the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in a variety of capacities, thereby carrying the message of the ministry throughout the Florida Annual Conference. The Ambassador will act as an extension of the Church Relations team at the Children’s Home, seeking to increase both awareness and support of the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS

To faithfully fulfill this role, an individual should be committed to the mission of the Children’s Home: to empower children and families to experience God’s love as revealed in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Ambassadors should also have public speaking experience and a comfort level engaging groups of various sizes.

PRIMARY ROLES

  • On behalf of the Children’s Home, preach or provide a mission moment during a worship service
  • Make a presentation to a group within the local church about the Children’s Home
  • Advocate for the ministry of the Children’s Home within church district and/or the Annual Conference
  • Host an information session about the Children’s Home
  • Speak within your community about the Children’s Home
  • Advocate for a specific ministry of the Children’s Home that aligns with ministry passions (e.g. Foster Care, Independent Living, the Madison Youth Ranch, Enterprise, etc.)
  • Correspond with Local Church Representatives (LCRs) 
  • The Ambassador may be asked to solicit feedback from LCRs or other church members so that it may be reported to the Director of Church Relations with the intent to improve provided services.

 

NW CLERGY APPOINTMENT CHANGES

Bishop Carter announced the following appointment changes for the NW District:

John Wesley UMC - Bethany Douty
Wakulla UMC - Jack Ladd
Chaires UMC - Zig Bays
First Lake City - Carlos Otero
Gray Memorial - Myron Rhodes

Please be in prayer for these families as they prepare to transition to their new churches.
 

2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

June 7-9, 2018

Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. 
Lakeland, FL 33801

District Lay Delegates are still needed to attend the Annual Conference (at your own expense). Please call the District office if interested.

DIRECTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP

Killearn United Methodist Church invites applications for the full-time exempt position of Director of Discipleship.

Killearn UMC is seeking a strategic person to lead and guide the discipleship process for young adults (post college) through elderly (senior adults). The qualities we are looking for include a deep relationship with Jesus Christ, high moral character, relational with all ages, communication skills, and is passionate about discipleship in our community.

The Director will design and implement a discipleship model to promote the vision and mission of Killearn United Methodist Church to present the good news of Jesus Christ, to encourage growth and holiness and be sent out serve others in words and actions. The Director will also serve as a staff liaison to various adult ministries (e.g., Men’s Ministries, Women’s Ministries, Senior Adults, Financial Peace University, etc.) providing support, encouragement, and assistance.

The position of Director commits to uphold the church through their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.

General Responsibilities include:

  • Implement a Killearn UMC discipleship model and process.
  • To assist in the new member process helping people discover their gifts and encouraging them to find a place of service.
  • Small Group Coordination - oversee, recruit, train leaders and connect people to LifeGroups.   
  • Develop groups that have interest for people who are non-churched, de-churched, new believers, mature believers or those needing encouragement to live a full life (“Explore” Groups, “Empower” Groups and “Fresh Expressions”).
  • Be willing to teach a class or lead a group in discipleship.
  • To develop a team to assist in implementation of discipleship model.
  • Develop an annual plan for encouraging Killearn UMC to daily study God’s Word.

Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years’ experience working in discipleship ministry is preferred. One year of supervisory and/or leadership experience also preferred. Salary is highly competitive and includes benefits. A full job description is available upon request.

To apply, forward a letter of intent, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to Tim Willcox (twillcox@kumconline.org), Associate Pastor.

 

 

May 5 - MADISON YOUTH RANCH DEDICATION

Dedication Day at the Ranch 2018 - During this year, we have seen the construction of both the Chapel and the Counseling and Support Services Center (CSSC) on the campus of the Madison Youth Ranch. Both of these have been the result of years of prayers and support. On May 5, 2018, the Ranch will be hosting Dedication Day at the Ranch to celebrate the official opening of these two new buildings. The schedule of the day is as follows: 10:30 am - Gates will open, with campus tours commencing. 11:30 am - Program to dedicate the Chapel and CSSC. 12:00 pm - Picnic lunch on campus. Tours resume after lunch. The CSSC will provide space for the therapists to provide treatment for the children, as ...

May 10 - Missional Vital Signs Due

Please remember to submit your Missional Vital Signs (MVS) each month no later than the 10th of the month. Click here to enter stats.

May 12 - Run 4 Life 4 Miler - FUMCH

The Run 4 Life 4 Miler begins and ends on the campus of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in historic Enterprise.  The 4 mile course is on magnificent oak canopy roads along the shore of Lake Monroe.  It is one of the most uniquely beautiful areas and race courses in Central Florida.   The goal of this race is to bring awareness to mental health/depression issues and to raise funds for programs providing support to those in need.  It is also in remembrance of those who were overwhelmed by their struggles and felt suicide was their only option.  All race proceeds will go to FUMCH and other local suicide prevention programs.    Whether you will run or walk, we hope that you will ...

May 30 - Clergy Assessments Due

Annual Assessment of Ministerial Effectiveness & Goal Setting. The clergy assessment process for 2018 is available on the FLUMC website under Clergy Excellence. Appointed Clergy and the Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee should meet annually to complete this process. The report is due to the district office every year by May 30. Click here for more information. (Continuing Education is now completed in conjunction with the Annual Assessment above.)

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The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011