Session 2 Workshops
Find information about our Session 2 Workshops here. Session 2 will be from 1:15-2:45 p.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.
Rev. Jim Chandler, Alexandria District Consultant, Church Development Description: There is no denying that the world around us has changed (and continues to change!). How we in the church respond to change is what is truly important: we can either mourn that the past is gone, or we can embrace the exciting opportunities this new day brings. The workshop will also include a panel discussion with pastors and church leaders who are leading in innovative and practical ways in their communities. Audience: Leadership, Mission/Outreach Outcome: This workshop will explore some of the building blocks for establishing a culture that embraces innovation.
Cindy Banek, Director of Adult Discipleship and Christian Education, Williamsburg UMC; Virginia Regional Director for Messy Church USA Description: Learn about the Messy Church phenomenon that is sweeping across Virginia – and the entire USA. Messy Church is an all age worship experience that explores God’s love in a way that is accessible to people of all ages. At Messy Church, today’s busy households of all shapes and sizes are invited into a welcoming space to share faith through crafts, games, Celebration Time, and food. So, c’mon – Get Messy! Audience: Children, Discipleship, Youth or Family Ministries Outcome: Learn the basics of Messy Church and experience a mini-Messy. Consider beginning a Messy Church in your home church.
Rev. Dr. Michelle Holmes Chaney, Bi-District Coordinator, Revitalization and Leadership Development Description: Our communities are becoming more diverse everyday. Rather than make assumptions about the people in our neighborhoods who do not look like us, come, get good information and useful strategies to assist you in engaging your community that supports creating trusting and equitable relationships, as we seek to share the love of Christ. Audience: Diversity in Church Outcome: Learn the importance of knowing and understanding your community.
Kim Johnson, Bi-District Communications Coordinator and Cynthia Lopynski, Bi-District Program Coordinator Description: Church communicators have a ministry that is 24/7. Your job of communicating the church’s message and vision to the congregation and community goes beyond the Sunday Morning worship service, yet often you live in the weeds of creating bulletins and newsletters. Learn how to better use the digital space for ministry. Audience: Communications Outcome: Come learn how to embrace your calling as a church communicator and shift from a mindset of production to one of impact and influence.
David Dommissee, Virginia Conference Treasurer and Business AdministratorCarol Draper, Staff Accountant Description: Internal Controls are a key part of protecting church assets. Churches with poor internal controls and financial oversight have a greater risk of vulnerability for fraudulent activity. Audience: Finance Outcome: Learn about good financial practices and policies and the ‘red flags’ to lookout for in your church.
William Chaney, Associate Certified Coach Description: Mobilizing laity for high impact ministry begins when each person claims their strengths and taps into their potential to lead. Audience: Discipleship, Leadership, Spiritual Formation Outcome: Join us to learn how to use your strengths to live your best life, lead effectively, and build ministry teams that get results.
Amanda Webber, Pastor, Nimmo UMC Description: Dr. N. Graham Standish once said, “We often invite God to bless our church committee meetings followed by an invitation to come back after we have made the all of decisions.” When I heard those words, I had to admit that it was true of the meetings I was leading. So, I made some changes and discovered that when God is in the room the whole time, there is an even greater blessing! What happens when God stays … come and find out! Audience: Clergy, Leadership Outcome: Learn how to put God in your meetings.
Rev. Dr. Sarah Calvert, Arlington District Superintendent Description: Change is all around us, and willing or not – we are in the midst of substantial change. How do we help our churches move through change? What gifts are needed, what skills do we need to learn? What does change mean theologically and practically for the future of our local churches? Audience: Clergy, Leadership Outcome: Join us as we delve in to leadership’s role during change in our communities.
Clayton Childers, Director for Annual Conference Relations, UMC Justice Description: This workshop offers a wholistic model for congregational caring ministries which include charity, mutuality, advocacy, and solidarity. The first two focus on ministries of mercy while the last two focus on addressing root causes and “doing justice.” All are needed. How can we find room in our churches for all four?” Audience: Mission/Outreach, Social Justice Outcome: Learn the importance of mercy and justice.
Jen James, Church Educator and Facilitator/NEXT Church staff Description: Are your programs making a lasting impact? Why do you do what you do inside and outside your church walls? Most of us spend more time figuring out how to run a program rather than why we have the program in the first place–but the “why” can be the key to transformative ministries. Audience: Discipleship, Leadership Outcome: Using some principles of Cultivated Ministry, a field guide from NEXT Church, come discuss how thinking about the “why” can help youbuild ministries with deep impact for your church and community.
Rev. Barbara Miner, Associate Pastor/Director of Worship, Floris UMC Description: From Anglican roots to the Holy Club, to an experience where he felt his heart “strangely warmed,” John Wesley was the heart of Methodism. He was an imperfect person who desired to be sanctified in Christ. He spent the rest of his life pursuing that faith. What can we learn from John Wesley and his brother Charles about being a Methodist today. Audience: Discipleship, Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Wesleyan Heritage Outcome: Join us as we explore the roots of Methodism.
Mike Park, Coach and Presenter, Fuller Youth Institute Description: All of us want our young people to develop a vibrant faith that lasts a lifetime. This is especially important if you have the opportunity to lead and teach in youth ministry. In this session, we’ll talk about 3 Teaching Shifts you can make to help the message of the gospel stick for your young people. Audience: Youth Ministry Outcome: Learn how to make changes to the way you teach in order to promote a faith that sticks.
Kristine Konen, Interim President & CEO, National Alliance on Mental Illness Description: In this interactive session, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, will discuss real-life scenarios both clergy and congregational members may encounter when dealing with someone with a mental health condition. Audience: Diversity in Church, Social Justice Outcome: This workshop will bring further awareness of mental health conditions and discuss possible best practices churches can utilize.
Rev. Katie Carson Phillips, Associate Pastor, Burke UMC Description: Ever realized half way through a story that you forgot the hook? Ever ended a story with the phrase, “I guess you had to be there”? Join us for a storytelling workshop geared for pastors and teachers that will have a beginning, a middle, and an end – and will equip you to be a better teller of your own story – as well as the greatest story ever told. Audience: Clergy, Discipleship, Leadership Outcome: Learn how to be a better story teller.
Rev. Beth Anderson, Pastor, Courthouse Community UMC Description: When tragedy occurs in your community, how can your church respond? What can you do to be prepared? How can you both practically and emotionally be ready? Too often we are not ready for tragedy; it catches us off guard and we become affected as much as our neighbors. The church can be a place of peace and a beacon of light in our communities at all times. We have the greatest gift to offer-the love and peace of Jesus Christ! Audience: Clergy, Mission/Outreach, Trustees Outcome: Learn how you and your church can provide unwavering love in the most challenging moments.
Billy Kluttz, Church of the Covenant and Immanuel Presbyterian Church (USA) Description: Worship planning is communal work. In this workshop, we’ll consider new ways of worship planning to include members of your congregation outside of your staff and worship committee. This is a participatory class designed for worship planners, choir members, organists/pianists, and pastors. You’ll experience a non-traditional worship planning session and leave with outlines for your congregation. Audience: Clergy, Music, Worship Outcome: Leave with new models for collaborative worship planning.
Rev. Eugene Kim, Pastor, Pleasant Valley UMC Description: 다문화의 현장이 우리가 사는 삶의 배경이 된지 꽤 오래 되었다. 특히, 한인 이민 교회는 단문화적(monocultural) 배경 속에서 다문화적 (multicultural)사역을 감당해야 할 복음적 책임을 가지고 있다. 우리는 다문화의 현장 (multicultural context)에서 어떻게 복음을 실천하며 살 수 있을까? 우리 교회는 어떻게 언어와 문화가 다른 이웃을 향한 사역을 시작할 수 있을까? 어떤 사역이 가능할까? 이러한 질문들은 타문화 이웃들과 함께 해야 하는 한인 이민 교회가 가져야 할 사역에 대 한 근본적 질문이다. 이러한 질문들을 함께 생각해 보고, 다문화 이웃을 향한 한인 교회의 사역들에 대해 함께 제언해 보고자 한다. This workshop will be presented in Korean.
Rev. Dr. Hyo Lee, Pastor, Sudley UMC Description: 대부분의 한인 연합감리교회 (KUMC)는 한국 감리교회 (KMC)에서 신앙과 치리를 경험한 교우, 혹은 타 교단, 장로교, 침례교, 성결교등에서 신앙생활과 교회 행정치리를 경험험한 후 연합감리교회 멤머가 된 교우들로 구성되어 있다. 따라서, 의식적으로든 무 의식적으로 든, 각자가 경험한 방식으로 선교 목회 행정을 진행하려한다. 이런 다양한 배경과 경험이 큰 축복의 근원이 될 수 도 있지만 동시에 많은 오해와 혼돈을 초래할 수 도 있다. 따라서 이 클레스를 통해 미 연합감리교회의 독특한 치리, 연대주의, 파송제도, 평신도와 목회자의 역할, 그리고 각 위원회의 직무에 대해 알아보고자 한다. 이를 통해 개체 교회와 평신도 그리고 목회자들이 사소한 것에 연연하지 않고 서로 협력하며 진정 제자만드는 사역과 하나님의 나라를 확장하는 일에 전념할 수 있는 안목을 얻고자 한다. 이효중 목사 This workshop will be presented in Korean.