Session 2 Workshops
Find information about our Session 2 Workshops here. Session 2 will be from 1:15-2:45 p.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.
Kenn Speicher & John Conway Description: How do you begin to create a disaster plan for your church? What types of disaster should you prepare for? What denominational and county resources are available? Audience: Trustees Outcome: If you don’t have a disaster plan or yours needs to be updated, consider attending this workshop.
Rev. Emmanuel Nkrumah, Ghana Wesley UMC Description: Ghana Wesley in the Alexandria District has tripled its average worship attendance in three years. How do they do it? What can we learn from their experience? Audience: Reach New People, Neighbors Outcome: Come and hear how they are growing not just numerically but spiritually.
Jen DeJong, Vice President of Connections, Ministry Architects Description: The rise and fall of every youth ministry hinges on the leadership team on the field. This session integrates the sometimes isolated tasks of hiring staff, recruiting leaders, and galvanizing parental and congregational support. Audience: Youth Ministry Outcome: Participants will learn “stress and drama-free” principles for stewarding the gifts, tending the souls, and choreographing the wide variety of leaders in their ministries.
Rev. Jim Chandler, Consultant, Church Development, Alexandria District Staff & Panelists Description: Whether we like it or not, the world has changed and continues to do so at an ever-quickening pace. To be effective in reaching people in today’s world, the church has to both do things differently and do different things. Audience: Reach New People, Neighbors Outcome: In this panel discussion you will hear and learn from people whose churches are experimenting with innovative approaches to ministry. Panelists include Kate Floyd, Brian Johnson, Benson McGlone, Tim Ward, Thomas James, Thomas Lott and Michelle Matthews.
Cynthia Lopynski & Sarah Calvert, Bi-District Staff Description: Crucial conversations are conversations where opinions vary, the stakes run high and emotions run strong. Have you experienced any of these recently? Audience: Leadership Outcome: This workshop will offer you tools for having strategic conversations in a calm and clear manner when tensions run high.
Rev. Don Jamison, Sydenstricker UMC Description: Whether you have an intentional discipleship plan or you are just beginning to develop one, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to consider the components of a well defined discipleship strategy. Audience: Discipleship Outcome: Attendees will come away with ideas for an intentional discipleship plan. (We suggest those attending either have some experience with discipleship systems or attend the Session 1 Making Disciples workshop.)
Kim Johnson, Communications Coordinator, Bi-District Staff Description: Are you looking to improve the look of your communication pieces–without clipart? Do you need a fresh look and feel to help with your communications? There are tons of resources out there (many FREE or cheap!) that can help you communicate in print, online, and via social media in a clean, clear, concise and professional manner. Come and learn about them! Audience: Communications Outcome: Attendees will learn about easy design resources for creating stunning and effective print and digital materials.
Martha Stokes, Director Church and Community Relations, Pinnacle Living Description: Dementia friendly churches are accessible, inclusive and supportive of people with dementia and their care partners, understanding how dementia affects a person physically, emotionally and mentally and the impact upon those who care for them. Audience: Older Adults Outcome: Come talk about the vital role churches have in helping create dementia friendly communities, places that demonstrate God’s love for all people.
Rev. Chad Herndon, Pastor, New Song UMC Description: A web search under the goal to “hold effective meetings” returns 61,000,000+ hits. We do not lack ingenuity when it comes to meetings, and for good reason: we can spend up to 50% of our day in meeting-like environments (even in the Church). How we listen, prepare, adapt, understand and respect one another… it all matters. Audience: Leadership Outcome: New, practical approaches to how we can have more Christ-like meetings.
Rev. Michelle Ledder, Director of Equity and Anti-Racism, GCORR Description: Do you realize the need for dismantling racism but still need concrete actions to take? Are you tired of trainings that lead nowhere after the discussion? Audience: Social Justice Outcome: This workshop will provide interactive learning engagements and a template for creating and implementing an action plan to move beyond “just talk” to the work of dismantling racism in your setting. Each participant will receive a workshop booklet to use during and after the workshop.
Janae Tchudi-Evatt, Director of Christian Education, Good Shepherd UMC & Rev. David McWilliams, Pastor, Del Ray UMC Description: Join Del Ray and Good Shepherd in exploring two different, yet fruitful approaches to children’s ministry. Audience: Lay Leaders, Leadership Outcome: Leave with a framework for thinking creatively about your own children’s ministry, insight into already thriving ideas, and hands on experience planning together.
Rev. Hyunsik Kang (Lead Pastor, Ashburn KUMC) Description: People inside as well as outside the church speak of the crisis of Christianity. This may be an exaggeration of the reality but it can no longer be denied. According to Brian McLaren, the crisis of Christianity has to do with the fact that the Gospel became a stubborn “belief system,” rather than ‘a way of living.’ How can we transform the ‘Stuffed Gospel’ into the Living Gospel that is the way of the True Christian life? The Contemplative Spirituality may be an answer. Contemplation is a way of going deeper in relationship with God. It is the spiritual heritage of centuries from our faithful ancestors, by which the true nature of the Gospel was saved when it came under attack in the emergence of institutional church in the Roman Empire. Therefore, the Contemplative Spirituality is not a new way of faith, but a lost tradition of faith that is key to the future Christian faith we must restore. This session will rediscover this earlier Christian tradition. Audience: Korean Language, Spiritual Formation, Leadership, Lay Leaders Outcome: Understand why the Contemplative Spirituality is so important for today’s Christians and take part in Contemplative practices. *This workshop will be presented in Korean. The description below in Korean is for the same session.
Billy Kluttz, Community Music and Arts Director at Church of the Covenant and Evening Services Coordinator at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (USA) Description: What if worship was engaging, accessible, and fun? Participatory worship models and practices involve every member of the congregation in praising God, asking questions, and listening for Christ’s good news. We’ll lead a participatory service together, share sample liturgies and resources, and brainstorm how your church can adapt participatory worship practices to transform your Sunday services. Audience: Music and Worship Arts Outcome: Attendees will experience several participatory worship practices and liturgies and leave with resources and liturgies to incorporate greater participation at their churches.
Rev. James Henry, St. James UMC Description: Does the thought of being still and quiet feel daunting? Do not fear, there’s good news, even the most extroverted person can begin a practice of listening to God. Audience: Spiritual Formation Outcome: Come explore and practice contemplative prayer.
Cathy Abbott, Arlington District Superintendent Description: Attend this workshop for a “deeper dive” into performance evaluations; the difference between secular and church employment relationships; how to address conflict and triangulation around the pastor and/or staff; and for problem-solving around issues that the group identifies. Audience: SPRC Committee Members, Pastors Outcome: More meaningful annual evaluations of pastors; a better understanding of the role of covenant and accountability in church employment; and skills to address conflict around the pastor and staff.