Session 1 Workshops
Find information about our Session 1 Workshops here. Session 1 will be from 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Rodrigo Cruz, Lead Pastor, the Nett Church, Keynote Speaker Description: Having the vision of being a multiethnic church is very different from actually becoming a multiethnic church. Come hear how The Nett Church is creating, fostering and reproducing a culture for a healthy and sustainable multicultural church. Audience: All, Diversity in Church Outcome: You’ll walk away with practical examples of what has worked and what has not worked, along with some best practices. *This workshop is being offered at both Session 1 and Session 2.
Martha Stokes, General Conference Delegate, Director, Church and Community Relations, Pinnacle Living Description: From May 5 – 15, 2020, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will gather in Minneapolis, MN, to set policy and direction for the church as well as handle other important business. This will be a pivotal event in the life of the denomination. Audience: All, Clergy, Lay Leaders, Leadership Outcome: If you want to know more about the General Conference process as well as major issues before the denomination’s top legislative body, join us for this information session.
Rev. Katie Carson Phillips, Associate Pastor, Burke UMC Description: Does the whole “outside the box” idea flummox you? You like boxes. Your church likes boxes. Yet – you know that you’re being called to something more, or something different in this time and place. Audience: Clergy, Leadership Outcome: This workshop on creative leadership will offer practical ideas and tangible tools you can implement in your unique setting to expand thinking and share vision among leaders as you consider whatever the next faithful step might be.
Paul Werries, Owner, Facility Analysis and Security Training – F.A.S.T. Description: Safety and security are as important for a house of worship as they are for a family home. Find out how to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, fire and medical emergencies as well as potential hostile activity. Audience: Clergy, Trustees Outcome: Protect your church and your congregation by being prepared for all the possibilities.
Kim Barker-Brugman, Pastor of Asbury, Nokesville and founder of Soul Story Ministries Description: Together we will explore the spiritual practices of Lectio Divina, breath prayer and centering prayer to deepen our life and love in God. Audience: Spiritual Formation Outcome: Experience contemplative prayer practices that you can use in your personal or communal prayer life.
Rev. Billy Kluttz, Church of the Covenant and Immanuel Presbyterian Church (USA) Description: Traditional hymns offer a myriad opportunities for creative, engaging worship! In this course, we’ll look at well-known hymns within the United Methodist hymnal and new ways to accompany them. This is a participatory class! We’ll experiment with percussion, movement, and readings to complement worship leadership from the piano or organ. Worship planners, choir members, organists/pianists, pastors and more will benefit from this class. Audience: Clergy, Music, Worship Outcome: Leave with new ideas for engaging your congregation in traditional worship.
Mike Park, coach and presenter, Fuller Youth Institute Description: We’ve all heard the bad news that the church is shrinking and young people are leaving. But the good news is we can do something about it! Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 congregations, Growing Young is a strategy to help your church develop a culture that involves and retains young people. Audience: Youth Ministry Outcome: In this session, we’ll explore the 6 Core Commitments of Growing Young that your church can implement to better invite and engage young people in your community.
Francis Amankwah, Lay Leader, Ghana Wesley UMC Description: This Workshop aims at educating churches on John Wesley’s Health ministry, its impact on Methodism, the world; and its significance to ministry today. Audience: All, Spiritual Formation, Wesleyan Heritage Outcome:
Kay Hwang, Director of Generational Ministries at Vine Church Description: Come learn how implementing “Multi-sensory Teaching Methods” can provide fun and engaging children’s ministry on Sunday mornings. Also, learn how to plan and execute fun family and outreach events that are successful and engaging for all ages and diverse backgrounds. Audience: Children’s Ministry Outcome: This workshop will help you and your team think big about how God is calling you to engage children in your setting.
Paulo Lopez, Director, Center for Next Generation Ministries Description: Most of us agree that we must move “from members to disciples.” But few of us can articulate what it looks like to actually make a disciple. Yet, disciple-making is a core part of the Christian movement’s DNA! Audience: All, Clergy, Discipleship, Leadership Outcome: This workshop exists to give participants simple, effective tools they can immediately apply to their communities and every day relationships, so they too can become disciple-makers for the transformation of the world.
Rev. Brian Johnson, Pastor, Haymarket Church Description: It’s 2020 – you should be livestreaming your worship service. Livestreaming allows you to reach new people (people get to test your church out before they visit) and keep people who are already part of your church connected when they aren’t able to be in worship on a Sunday. It’s a tool for discipleship and evangelism. Audience: Clergy, Communications, Music, Trustees, Worship Outcome: This workshop will offer some best practices for livestreaming and give resources to get started with livestreaming without breaking the bank.
Tom Berlin, Lead Pastor, Floris UMC Description: This workshop will enable church leaders to consider essential practices through the year that enable church members to become more generous investors in the ministry and mission of their congregation. Taking the next step of generosity of time, talent and money is a key goal of churches who want to make vital disciples of Jesus Christ. Audience: Clergy, Finance Outcome: You will hear practical strategies to engage and challenge your church members, raise congregational morale and help people enter the ministry that will grow their discipleship.
Walk a Mile in My Shoes: What It’s Like to Be a Child in Foster Care & How Your Congregation Can Be Supportive
Jill Gaynor, Annual Giving Officer, UMFS Sophia Booker, foster care alumna, UMFS Description: Learn more about how children enter foster care, what it’s like to be in foster care, and what happens after foster care, including the first-hand account of a foster care alumna. Audience: All, Mission/Outreach, Social Justice Outcome: Learn ways your congregation can get involved and support children in foster care.
Rev. Dr. Michelle Holmes Chaney, Bi-District Coordinator, Church Revitalization and Leadership Development Description: In the Arlington and Alexandria districts, we are blessed to have several churches doing multicultural ministry in very different ways! Audience: Clergy, Diversity in Church, Leadership Outcome: Come and hear a panel of laity from four of our churches share what it means to do multicultural ministry.
Rev. YoungBong Kim, Lead Pastor, Korean United Methodist Church of Koinonia Description: 지금 연합감리교회는 성소수자에 대한 입장 차이로 인해 분열의 위기에 있다. 내년 5월에 있을 총회에서 이 문제가 다시 다루어질 것이며, 어떤 결과가 나오더라도 분열은 불가피하다는 전망이 유력하다. 이런 상황에서 한인교회들은 어떤 입장을 취하고 또한 교단이 분열될 경우 어떻게 대응해야 할까? 진보적인 입장에 서든 보수적인 입장에 서든 그리스도의 사랑과 정의에 충실하게 행동하는 길은 무엇일까? 이 강의는 이런 문제들에 대해 서로 의견을 나누며 길을 찾아가려 한다. This workshop will be presented in Korean.
Rev. Jeff Mickle, Alexandria District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Sarah Calvert, Arlington 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.