Message from District Superintendent
It has been a busy summer. So far, Jay has been able to visit 34 churches in the district and has 17 more visits scheduled in September. Our office has been busy. We have been learning all about our churches, clergy and laity. Learning all of the process and procedures for the systems currently in place and thinking about how to better some things for the future.
As we move into fall, we have realized that despite all of the changes in the District Office over the past few months, we are centering ourselves, embracing and accepting all of the changes and at the end of the day, we are honored to be in this ministry with you. To read more about change we invite you to read Jay Therrell's September message. Please click here to read his message.
Benefits Update: 2017 Health Initiative
The benefit changes proposed under the Freedom to Choose plan approved at Annual Conference are currently being implemented. Please read more about the 2017 Health Initiative.
Online Learning Community
Check out our Online Learning Community where you can learn more about training for leadership roles within your church; training from conference leaders; tools & resources for the local church and be able to watch videos of previous events throughout the Conference. All of these are available on the Conference website.
Mission: Ignite & Engage is a weekend retreat, September 30—October 2, 2016, for local United Methodist Church leaders of mission and outreach as well as other clergy and laity who share a passion for the mission of God in the world. This weekend at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, near Leesburg, will feature worship, inspiring testimonies, a keynote by Dr. Dana Robert, author of Joy to the World: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity, workshops and opportunities to meet others engaged in leading mission in churches across Florida.
This weekend is designed for local church leaders and ministry teams to:
- get to know other mission leaders
- share best practices
- learn from each other
- ignite your ministries
- engage your community
We’ll start Friday night with dinner and close mid-morning on Sunday.
We encourage the leaders in your local church to connect with us for this exciting time of learning, inspiration and fellowship. For more information or to register click here.
Certified Lay Ministry - Exploration Meeting
Are you interested in find out more about what a Certified Lay Minister does and how to become one? Join us at our first exploration meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1-4 p.m. @ Fleming Island UMC,
Be sure to check our district pages as we keep adding more information pertaining to this ministry.
Keeping The Faith
Each month or so, we will hear from Rev. David Moenning, an ordained elder and a counselor with Restoration Counseling. David also serves part time at Ponte Vedra Beach UMC. Please take a few minutes to read his Reflections on Emotional, Spiritual and Relational Wellness for Pastors.
Please click on the links below for more information about these meetings/events.
September 18, 2016 - District Youth Rally @ Murray Hill Theatre
October 25-26, 2016 - Clergy Gathering - 2016
November 4-6, 2016 - District Youth Retreat @ Warren Willis Camp
November 5, 2016 - Fresh Expression Vision Day
November 6, 2016 - New District Superintendent Installation Service, 3 p.m. @ Mandarin UMC. More details to come!
November 10 & 15, 2016 - Retiree Luncheon with the DS
December 16, 2016 - District Office Holiday Open House, 10-12 & 2-4
January 28, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event, more details to come
February 4, 2017 - District Leadership Training Event, more details to come
March 3-4, 2017 - District Lay Servant Ministry Training @ Southside UMC - Save the Date!
March 3-4, 2017 - Resonate - District Youth Worship Band Training @ Mandarin UMC
June 7-9, 2017 - Annual Conference 2017, Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando