Session 1 Workshops
Find information about our Session 1 Workshops here. Session 1 will be from 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, Keynote Speaker Description: In this session, participants will consider how each of the five means of grace help us as communities of faith to pray more deeply and live more missionally as followers of Jesus Christ. These means are the ordinary channels that God uses to draw us into a fruitful relationship. These five means are: Prayer, Searching Scripture, Receiving the Lord’s Supper, Fasting, Conferencing (communion, fellowship) Audience: All, Reach New People, Spiritual Formation Outcome: A clearer understanding of a Wesleyan way of discipleship *This identical workshop will also be offered during Session Two.
Barbara Miner, Associate Pastor/Director of Worship, Floris UMC Description: Worship is a time for wonder, a time to invite the Holy Spirit to prod us to deeper spiritual significance. The spoken message is important as are the sung words and instrumental music. But what about the actual place of worship? Join us as we discover creative ways to connect the spoken and musical message to the physical space of worship. Audience: Music & Worship Arts Outcome: We will explore art and sensory experiences to design ways to take worship to a deeper level.
Going Bananas – Implementing a Health Ministry in Your Faith Community Reba Miller, Lay Leader, Woodlawn-Faith UMC Description: Health ministry encourages and empowers everyone to develop and share their gifts and talents to serve others—it is a team sport that holistically improves the health of the server as well as those being served. Health Ministers serving in local congregations promote whole person health inside and outside of their faith community, often working in conjunction with parish/faith nurses and health advocates. Audience: Spiritual Formation Outcome: This workshop will discuss practical skills and tips for building and sustaining a health ministry that meets the unique needs of your faith community.
Rev. Young Bong Kim, Lead Pastor, KUMC of Koinonia Description: In this session, we will discuss the holy conferencing guidelines. Because these guidelines were originally developed in the context of American churches, there are some aspects that Korean-American congregations find quite unfamiliar and uncomfortable. Our goal is to find some ways of applying these guidelines to the settings of Korean-American churches so as to make all church meetings a “means of grace.” Audience: Korean Language, Spiritual Formation, Leadership, Lay Leaders Outcome: Being better equipped for a more graceful church meeting.
(Setting Kids Up for Healthy Discipleship through Sunday School) Rev. Katie Webster, Burke UMC Description: Join us for a time of sharing about best practices, big ideas, and practical tools to help your church engage children of all ages in a time of Sunday School. There’s not just one right way to do Sunday School! Audience: Children’s, Discipleship Outcome: This workshop will help you and your team think big about how God is calling you to engage children and youth in your setting.
Rev. Jim Chandler, Consultant, Church Development, Alexandria District Staff Description: In this workshop we will explore approaches for planting new faith communities and discuss which models are most effective in today’s environment. Some of the models we will discuss include the “parachute drop”, multi-sites in all the various forms, and cooperative expansion. Audience: Reach New People, Neighbors Outcome: Come consider how you might reach new people by launching a new faith community.
Rev. James Henry, St. James UMC Description: A live stream can be a wonderful option for those who are home bound, military personnel who are stationed abroad, or families who miss church because of illness (or soccer practice) not to mention those who are church shopping. With today’s technology live streaming your service is easier than ever. Audience: Communications, Trustees Outcome: Come find out how you can reach even more people on Sunday morning.
Rev. Don Jamison, Sydenstricker UMC Description: Before we can “make disciples” we must first have a clear definition of a disciple. Come get clarity around the definition of a disciple. Hear how disciples grow. Discover what kinds of relational support they need along the journey. Audience: Discipleship Outcome: Find out how your church can make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Multicultural Ministry: An opportunity to build holy relationships Rev. Dr. Michelle Holmes Chaney, Centreville UMC & Arlington District Staff Description: The Church is called to reach out to all people, especially those who are marginalized by our society, just as Jesus did. But how do we, as the Church, keep from unintentionally exacerbating the marginalization in the Church that we experience in the world? By not just inviting people into the church, but by building holy relationships. Audience: Multi-Cultural, Spiritual Formation, Neighbors Outcome: This workshop will help those interested in multicultural ministry engage best practices at building holy relationships that lead to multicultural ministry.
Jeff Haugh, Chair, Church Building and Location Description: One way we are reaching our neighbors is opening our churches up to outside organizations through leasing agreements. Did you know there are guidelines to follow? Did you know there is an entire team ready to help you? Audience: Trustees Outcome: Come discover helpful hints to navigate the process, including when you need District approval.
Rev. John Speight Description: When mission drives the structure of the church council there’s no stopping what a local church can do. Find out why moving to a simplified, accountable board can be transformative for your church. Audience: Lay Leaders, Leadership Outcome: Take home actionable steps to help you move toward this innovative structure.
Jen DeJong, Vice President of Connections, Ministry Architects Description: In the world of youth ministry, there are a handful of constant factors that thrive over the long haul. This seminar introduces the importance of attending to the alchemy (climate) and architecture (structure) of ministry. Audience: Youth Ministry Outcome: Participants will learn how they can develop a strategic design for instilling these foundational patterns into the fabric of any ministry, regardless of its model.
Rev. Cathy Abbott, Arlington District Superintendent, Rev. Jeff Mickle, Alexandria District Superintendent Description: Attend this workshop to hear an overview of the responsibilities and characteristics of S/PPRC, gain a model for discussion prior to completing the appointment preference form, and hear info about the VA Conference Annual Evaluation of clergy and staff by the S/PPRC. Audience: S/PPRC committee members Outcome: Better understanding of the responsibilities and duties of the S/PPRC committee.
Anne Muradaz, Director of Finance, Centreville UMC Description: The money coming into your church is given by faithful people who believe in your church’s mission. With that in mind, church leaders have a great responsibility to be wise with how that money is spent. Audience: Finance Outcome: While church budgeting can seem intimidating and boring, come learn how a reasonable budget is the key to helping your Pastors, staff and lay leadership stay on track to meet your church’s goals.
Welcoming the Sojourner—How to Deal with Challenging Conversations in Your Local Church Neal Christie, General Board of Church and Society Description: In this workshop we will address the challenging conversations that surround migrants and immigrants, consider scripture’s call to welcome the stranger and offer several next steps for creating ministries that reach migrants and immigrants both in our community and abroad. Audience: Social Justice Outcome: Participants will learn practical ways to engage in conversations around and plan ministry with migrants and immigrants.
The Wheels on the Bus May Go Round and Round, But Where Is Your Weekday Ministry Heading? Rev. Abi Foerster, St. Thomas UMC and Veronica McGuin, Director, Sunbeam Children’s Center Description: What are the steps your church and weekday program can take to create a ministry map together NOW to build effective “on ramps” for preschool families to become engaged in the life of your community for many generations? Audience: Children’s Ministry, Neighbors Outcome: Participants will consider ways to better integrate the preschool and the local church.
Cynthia Lopynski & Rev. Dr. Sarah Calvert, Bi-District Staff Description: Your church has plenty of people lining up to do mission and ministry all the time – or DO you? Has lay engagement been hard in your church? Is there more work to be done than there are people to do it? Are people in the right positions, or are some positions ‘eternally placed’ because no one else will do them? Audience: Lay Leaders, Leadership Outcome: Join us as we delve into the issues surrounding the crucial work of engaging laity.