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Didn’t make it to a Leadership Workshop in your district? Check out the list of free webinars offered by UMC Discipleship Ministries on everything from clergy finances and the Trustee’s role, to Boomers and the search for God. The following list of workshops can all be accessed by registering at www.umcdiscipleship.org/webinars.

February

Local Church Lay Leaders/Lay Members to Annual Conference: What’s My Job?
Thursday, February 2, 2017
6:30 p.m., Central Standard Time
Presenter: Jodi Cataldo, Director of Laity in Leadership
In partnership with clergy, lay servant ministries, the local church, and the annual conference, the work of local church lay leaders and lay members to annual conference has significant potential for increased vitality throughout The United Methodist Church. Join Jodi Cataldo, Discipleship Ministries’ Director of Laity in Leadership, in a discussion around these roles as they relate to leadership development and the mission of the church.

Targeting Spiritual But Not Religious, Nones, and Unaffiliated Baby Boomers and Older Adults
Friday, February 3, 2017
10:00 a.m., Central Standard Time
Presenter: Will Randolph, Director of Aging and Older Adult Ministries
In the past 25 years, there has been an uptick in the number of baby boomers who report that they are “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR). This webinar looks at strategies for engagement, recruitment, and evangelism of this group.  It will also spotlight some spiritual practices as tools for the church to engage with unchurched and disaffected SBNR boomers.

Boomers and the Search for God
(Baby Boomer Spirituality Webinars with Craig Kennet Miller)
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
7:00 p.m., Central Standard Time
Presenter: Craig Kennet Miller, Director, Pastoral Leadership
Since their youth, boomers have been on an ongoing search for the divine.  From the New Age Movement to the explosion of megachurches, the boomers’ quest for the spiritual life has challenged the traditions of the past and provides opportunities for ministry in the future.

Trustees: What’s My Role?
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
7:00 p.m., Central Standard Time
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director of Leadership for Congregational Vitality
The trustees’ committee is elected by the congregation to lead in the stewardship of property. This webinar will provide trustees with key tools for managing current and future property.

Healthy Families Series: (Financial Health) Setting Healthy Goals
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
2:00 p.m., Central Standard Time
Presenters: Tanya Eustace, Anne Borish, Leigh Goodrich, Leah Holzwarth, Shelly Brooks Sanford, Todd Creviston
This interactive webinar will discuss how to nurture healthy giving, saving, and spending habits in your family and include ideas for teaching children about money.

Financial Tips for Clergy: Take the Bite Out of Income Taxes!
Monday, February 13, 2017
10:00 a.m., Central Standard Time
Presenter: Rev. Don Joiner, Certified Financial Planner
Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like social security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or exclusions, and reimbursed expenses. It is important to know the rules and the way to minimize the impact of your tax liability. Not every tax preparer understands the unique situation of clergy, and finding one who does can save you substantially in money and aggravation. Join us as the Rev. Don Joiner, a certified financial planner, offers tips to clergy who are navigating the preparation of taxes and planning for a sound financial future.

March

Tuesday Tea with Melanie
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
11:30 a.m., Central Standard Time
Presenter: Melanie C. Gordon, Director, Ministry with Children
Join us for a new season of “Tuesday Tea with Melanie” where we will discuss meeting the needs of children in our congregations and communities. Our topics this year will focus on the importance of helping our children grow in faith and practical experiences to help them grow in faith.

The Church Audit: You Can Do This!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
6:30 p.m., Central Standard Time
Presenter: Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries
Every congregation needs to do a church audit, but it doesn’t have to be a big expense or an insurmountable obstacle. There is a great Local Church Audit Guide, available free for United Methodist churches, that will take you through an audit step by step. Going through the process builds confidence among your financial leaders and projects transparency to your donors. Join us as we explore the tools that can make this process easier than you thought.

Leadership Transitions – Pastoral and Key Leadership Changes
Tuesday, March 14
7:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director of Leadership for Congregational Vitality
When leadership change happens, both laity and clergy must be prepared to manage the transition process. This webinar will help all leaders gain insights about praying for the pastor, leaders, and the congregation as they transition into a new leadership season.  The webinar will also help participants develop ministry action plans and identify dates when the congregation can bid farewell and embrace new leadership in healthy ways.

April

Tuesday Tea with Melanie
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
11:30 a.m., Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Melanie C. Gordon, Director, Ministry with Children
Join us for a new season of “Tuesday Tea with Melanie” where we will discuss meeting the needs of children in our congregations and communities. Our topics this year will focus on the importance of helping our children grow in faith and practical experiences to help them grow in faith.

Blessing Those Who Mourn: Ministry with Widows and Widowers
Friday, April 7, 2017
10:00 a.m., Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Will Randolph, Director of Aging and Older Adult Ministries
Roughly fifty percent of married older adults will experience being alone after age sixty because of the death or divorce of their mate. This webinar looks at grief and widow resources, the pastoral care process, and ways that churches can minister to people in grief.

Leadership Development: Discipleship Models and Practice
Tuesday, April 25
7:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director of Leadership for Congregational Vitality
Growing principled lay and clergy leaders includes understanding how to have effective disciple-making processes in our local congregations. Understanding how evangelism, Christian education, and leadership development work together to increase congregational vitality is crucial for developing new models and practices.  Vital congregations are growing in worship attendance, reaching out through mission, equipping leaders to lead, sharing spiritual development in small groups, and connecting with youth.  This webinar focuses on helping congregational leaders walk through disciple-making practices as they become a missional-focused church.

May

Tuesday Tea with Melanie
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
11:30 a.m., Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Melanie C. Gordon, Director, Ministry with Children
Join us for a new season of “Tuesday Tea with Melanie” where we will discuss meeting the needs of children in our congregations and communities. Our topics this year will focus on the importance of helping our children grow in faith and practical experiences to help them grow in faith.

Offering Electronic Giving: What Are You Waiting For?
Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:30 p.m., Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries
Electronic giving is not the future of charitable giving; it is the present reality. If your church is not offering this as an option for those who attend your church, you are missing out on generous giving. If there have been obstacles to making this option available to your church, we will talk about them in this webinar.

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