Opportunities

State of the church report, 2018, released

A new report from The United Methodist Church on the state of the church says that 50 years after the creation of the denomination through the merger of The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church, the church’s ministries around the world are thriving.

Webinars offer GC 2019 training

The training series is available to view on-demand with discussion boards for asking questions and engage in conversation with other participants.

Seven social media templates available for communicators

Social media templates can save communicators valuable time and effort.

GCORR taking pre-orders for Vital Conversations 4

Pre-order the VC4 study guide today! The videos and study guides will be available end of October 2018 on gcorr.org for free view and download.

Applications available to join the 2019 Summer camp team

Apply to join the Summer 2019 team.

UMM fall retreat: 'Manhood is a Team Sport'

We are celebrating being 70 years young, dating back to the very first Men’s Retreat at the same property we come together on this year at the Life Enrichment Center.

Registration now open for winter youth retreats at Lake Junaluska

The program includes two or three nights of lodging, meals and evening worship. During the day, youth can choose to ski or do a mission project in the local community.

2018 Global HIV/AIDS Conference Oct. 25-27

With the theme of "Breaking Barriers," the two-day gathering will focus on saving and restoring lives that have been impacted by HIV and AIDS and other issues.

'Our Kids Training Plus' slated for Sept. 29

What's different about this school-church partnership training is that churches are asked to bring teams, instead of individuals, to help maintain momentum and achieve goals.

GBHEM doubles amount students can borrow

Students can now borrow up to $10,000 per calendar year (January through December) with a lifetime maximum of $40,000 from the United Methodist Student Loan Fund.

Praying Our Way Forward, phase 3, resources available

A local church media kit with downloadable resources includes logos, social media posts and bulletin inserts.

Free webinars to support local church social media efforts

The United Methodist Communications Public Information Team is hosting two upcoming webinars to support local churches as they strive to embrace social media and its uses for outreach and ministry.

Fuller Seminary offers new scholarship for MDiv students

Recipients will receive a 50 percent discount off tuition during their first year of study at Fuller.

Grant applications due Sept. 1 for local church racial/ethnic ministries

Applicants are encouraged to consult with Discipleship Ministries staff for guidance in preparing the application.

Scarcity in Abundance: Hunger in the United States seminar in Sept.

Scarcity in Abundance: Hunger in the United States will be a three-day seminar experience for any United Methodist interested in taking a deep dive into issues that intersect with and exacerbate hunger.

Talking with youth about faith resources available

Training on having conversations with youth about faith is available.

Epworth By The Sea offers Autumn Adventures

Island hopping is the agenda and includes lunch at the Reynolds Mansion.

Peace with Justice Sunday is May 27

Because of the Peace with Justice Sunday offering, the people of The United Methodist Church are able to make a difference together by sowing seeds—and yielding fruit!—of peace.

Institute of Preaching registration deadline is June 1

Applications are now being received for the 2018-2019 Institute which is funded by the Institute of Preaching endowment fund in Florida and the Parish Ministry Fund in North Carolina.

Heritage Sunday is May 20

This year's approach to Heritage Sunday is a celebration, a jubilee, in fact. We are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The United Methodist Church.

Worship leader retreat scheduled for June 15-16

"The Well" worship leader retreat aims to refresh, restore and remember. The 24-hour event will take place at the Life Enrichment Center in June.

Festival of Wisdom and Grace Slated for August

Lake Junaluska will host the Festival of Wisdom and Grace, a conference for those looking for purpose and renewal in the second half of life, from August 13-16.

New Methodist doctoral program in Methodist Theology launched by GBHEM

GBHEM partners with Africa University and Wesley House Cambridge for a new Doctoral Program expanding the capacity for theological education on the Continent of Africa. Application deadline is May 31.

UMCOM offers local church grants

UMCOM provides an update on 2018 website development grants.

UMCOR Sunday slated for Mar. 11

A pastor and leader's kit is available, as well as other free resources.

Healing from Pain and Trauma workshop Mar. 10

Are you struggling with fear, anger, grief, depression, shame, or a sense of abandonment? You may be suffering from the effects of traumatic events or circumstances in your life. Do you seek more trust, love, forgiveness, gratitude, peace, and wholeness in your life? This workshop may be for you.

Grown Up Summer Camp slated for June

Summer camp for grown-ups offered by Epworth By The Sea in June.

UMC organizations to be listed on Guidestar

The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) is announcing local churches and United Methodist organizations covered under the United Methodist group ruling can now be listed on Guidestar.

Ethnic Young Adult program applications available

Church and Society’s Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) program will run from June 2- July 28, 2018. This eight-week intensive program is designed for young justice-seekers who are willing to put their faith into action as they work in the intersections of faith, advocacy, and social change.

Racial Ethnic Local Church grant opportunities

Application deadline is February 23, 2018, and grants will be awarded this spring.

2018 Ministry Protection insurance allocation available online; state-mandated payroll survey

The Ministry Protection Committee negotiated a very successful property and casualty insurance program renewal.

Igniting Men conference planned for Feb. 10

The men's equipping event theme is "A Call to Unity and Reconciliation."

Interfaith Peace Conference to tackle issue of polarization Mar. 1-4


Missio Ecclesia slated for Feb. 22-23

Discounted early registration is available through Jan. 31. The panel discussion theme is "The Missional Church and Innovation in a Changing Environment.

Scholarships offered for 2018 UMEIT and NWCU events

The Council of Bishops is offering scholarships for young adults (age 21-35) to attend the 2018 United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT:USA) and the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) this Spring.

Florida Advocacy Days slated for Jan. 21-23, 2018

Register now for Florida Advocacy Days.

Easter Pilgrimage to Italy with Bishop Carter slated for April 2018

Led by Bishop Carter, travelers will visit Venice, Assisi, Siena, Florence and Rome while studying the Gospel of Mark and the legacy of Peter during April 3-12, 2018.

Resources available for Human Relations Day

Celebrating God's call to empower those struggling to thrive, Human Relations Day is Jan. 14, 2018. Downloadable resources are currently available to help celebrate this special Sunday.

Discipleship Ministries offers Advent worship series: 'Coming Home'

This year’s Advent and Christmas Season series embraces the secular seasonal metaphor of homecoming to wrap the challenging biblical texts this season gives us.

UMCmarket: Shop, save and support this holiday season

UMCmarket recently announced another way to give back during the holiday season. Links are provided to register online.

Brian McLaren at Fresh Expressions event Nov. 18

Fresh Expressions is sponsoring an inspiring one-day intensive with acclaimed writer, pastor and emergent spiritual leader, Brian McLaren.

2018 Wesley Pilgrimage registration is open

Discipleship Ministries has announced that registration is now open for those interested in joining the 2018 Wesley Pilgrimage in England. The event will take place July 9-19, 2018. There are also 24 scholarships being offered.

Ware Trust spiritual formation grants available

The intended recipients are Florida Conference ministries that reflect spiritual formation or ministry initiatives.

AC 2018 hotels available; campus housing information coming soon

Hotels with discounted rates for the Annual Conference 2018 are now available. FSC housing information will be distributed in the near future.

SEJ Heritage Preservation Workshop in November

The Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) Commission on Archives and History will hold a Heritage Preservation Workshop on November 17-18 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center with the theme of “Bringing Life to History.”

World Communion Sunday is October 1

The Special Sunday lifts up underserved students with a special offering.

Dinner Church conference slated for September 23

Join Florida Fresh Expressions and Fresh Expressions US for a one-day Dinner Church Conference at Grace Church in Cape Coral on Saturday, September 23.

Local Church Historians' School offers free training in September

The registration deadline is September 1, and the training includes 12 weekly email lessons.

CORR Action Fund Grant is available

The 2017-2020 online grant application is open now through September 15, 2017.

BeADisciple.com offering domestic violence workshop

An online workshop by Dr. Martha Banks is being hosted at BeADisciple.com. The comprehensive two-week course starts September 11.

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