2017 Pre-Conference Workshops

St. Luke's UMC

4851 S Apopka Vineland Rd.

Orlando, FL 32819

Wednesday, June 7 from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm.
Workshop rooms will be announced closer to the event date.

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3 Hour Workshops - 1:30 - 4:30

Registering for the BOM or Foundation workshop will not allow you to participate in either Sessions 1 or 2 workshops.

Board of Ordained Ministry Preparation - Brett Opalinski, Jeremy Rebman, Debbie McLeod, Tracy Hunter and Sidney Tompkins
Meet with review team and other BOOM leaders to hear what they are looking for and to ask any questions you may have.

*Please register separately for this event using this link: BoM Prep Day

Florida United Methodist Foundation Presents: Old Money, New Money, More Money: Cultivating Generous Givers to Transform Ministry - Rev. Michael Vilardo

Many churches lack a vision that guides their ministry. But cultivating generous givers requires offering a vision people can embrace and support with their gifts. Money follows ministry. This nearly three-hour workshop will offer five steps to cultivate generous giving to your church’s ministries. You will:

  • Discover how vision grows generosity
  • Examine and strengthen the “case” you make for your church’s ministries
  • See how strong leadership in your church creates a foundation for generosity
  • Learn the practices of development professionals that are changing the giving patterns of your members
  • Discover the importance of describing outcomes, not just output
Session 1 Workshops 1:30 - 2:45
How to Help Churches Reach the Next Generation - Joel Pancoast, Annette Johnson, Scott McQueen and Steve Schneeberger

Are you concerned about declining attendance in the Church? There is hope in the next generation. Understand your resources and maximize them to reach children, youth, and their families. Discuss how realistic expectations will help your congregation gain traction in your community.

How to Help Churches Get Connected to Cuba - Bishop Ricardo Pereira Diaz and George Reed

All you need to know to be part of a 20-year young vital missional relationship with the Methodist Church in Cuba. An interview with Bishop Ricardo Pereira and George Reed, Methodists United in Prayer Cuba Task Force chair.

Lay Servants/Certified Lay Minister Training - Rod Groom and Elizabeth Graves

Lay Servant Ministries dates back to the early lay preachers and class leaders of the Wesleyan Movement. Today it encompasses a variety of areas within lay ministry. Come and learn about becoming a Certified Lay Servant, Certified Lay Speaker, or a full Certified Lay Minister (CLM). CLMs are new to the lay servant family and prepare intensively under pastoral supervision to become a part of pastoral care and ministry teams. Learn about application and certification procedures, interaction with district superintendents and district committees on ministry, and conference committee approval and recertification.

Commission on a Way Forward Update and Discussion - Jorge Acevedo and Alice Williams

The Commission on a Way Forward was established by the Council of Bishops following the 2016 General Conference to find a way forward for the church that moves us beyond the continuing impasse over sexuality. Jorge Acevedo and Alice Williams, both members of the Commission, will facilitate the discussion.

Break 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Session 2 Workshops 3:15 - 4:30
Connect Your Congregation and Your Annual Conference - Paulette Monroe

 “…all Christians are called to minister wherever Christ would have them serve and witness in deeds and words that heal and free.” (2016 Book of Discipline, ¶128)

Invite Christ into the process of guiding your ministry.  God blesses you with gifts, skills, and experience.  You are a blessing when you allow God to work through you in making disciples for the transformation of the world.

The Heart of Fresh Expressions - Kevin Griffin, Audrey Warren and Matt Harrell

Fresh Expressions is an initiative that catalyzes new forms of church for our rapidly changing culture, established primarily to reach people who do not attend church. This workshop will be a great introduction for those that do not know anything or know very little about the Fresh Expressions initiative. We will define what Fresh Expressions is, learn about what is going on with Fresh Expressions around the conference, and take a look at the different roles of supporting a Fresh Expression of church. All are invited to attend “The Heart of Fresh Expressions” Pre-Annual Conference workshop!

Challenges and Opportunities: Why Poverty Matters and Why Church-School Partnerships Can Matter More - Dr. Tammy Pawloski

Life with limited resources can negatively impact achievement and life success for students, but the good news is that schools, especially in concert with the faith-based community, can matter more! The latest research from neuroscience provides direction for intentional moves that can dramatically and positively shift the trajectory for all students and their families. Learn how to authentically partner with schools in ways that can help to reveal the often-hidden potential of every learner every day.

How the Word Becomes Words: A Conversation with Florida Conference Authors Jim Harnish, Justin LaRosa, Magrey DeVega, Charley Reeb, Jorge Acevedo, Wes Olds, Jack Jackson, Audrey Warren and Bishop Carter

Join Cokesbury as nine of our Florida Conference Authors share about their latest books published by Abingdon Press. Books will be available for purchase, book signing, and pre-order.

Jim Harnish: Earn.Save.Period.
*Available for Pre-order: Jim Harnish:Make a Difference; Easter Earthquake
Jim Harnish and Justin LaRosa: Disciple's Path; Disciple's Heart
Magrey DeVega: One Faithful Promise; Songs for the Waiting

*Available for Pre-order: Magrey DeVega: Embracing the Uncertain
Charley Reeb: That’ll Preach
Jorge Acevedo and Wes Olds: A Grace-Full Life
Jack Jackson: Offering Christ
Bishop Carter and Audrey Warren: Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not In Church

A Special Evening with Tammy Pawloski: The Impact of Poverty on School Success: Strategies Churches can use to Support Under-Resourced Children

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm St Luke's UMC

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Reception sponsored by FUMF

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