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Check out the current list of webinars for church leaders offered by Discipleship Ministries’ Leadership Ministries unit through May 2018. Webinars are free of charge, recorded, and archived for those who cannot attend the live broadcast. People may register by going to www.umcdiscipleship.org/webinars.

Evangelism for Non-Evangelists

REGISTRATION CLOSED (Watch for fall dates to be announced)
www.garrett.edu/online-offerings/evangelism-non-evangelists
Thursday, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 2018
6:00 pm-7:30 pm, Central Standard Time
Presenters: Heather Lear, Director of Evangelism Ministries for Discipleship Ministries, and the Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


Beyond the Worship Wars: Why Older Adults Worship Differently

www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/beyond-the-worship-wars-why-older-adults-worship-differently
Friday, February 2, 2018
10:00 am—12:00 Noon, Central Standard Time
Presenter: Will Randolph, Director of Aging and Older-Adult Ministries

Worship is fundamental to the life and experience of any faith community’s practicing members and a central part of our faith formation and maturing process. Most of us evolve over time in our worship desires and abilities. As we do so, we discover that older adults— including baby boomers— worship differently. This webinar focuses upon the spiritual needs of the various generations of older adults and the differences in their preferred worship styles. It is designed to help church leaders whose congregations have large numbers of older adults and baby boomers. It will help them understand how to best design worship to engage boomers and older adults. Included in this webinar is information about how boomers have changed worship and a projection of how worship will change as boomers grow older.


Clergy Taxes: Don’t Live in Fear!

www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/clergy-taxes-dont-live-in-fear
Monday, February 12, 2018
10:00 am, Central Standard Time
Presenter: Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries

Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like social security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or exclusions, and reimbursed expenses. Your corner tax preparer may not understand 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, helps us navigate the preparation of taxes and planning for a sound financial future.


Leadership Development – Get into Action

www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/get-into-action
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
7:00 p.m.-8:00 pm, Central Standard Time
Presenter:  Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality

The new year brings additional ideas to the church.  What kind of leaders are needed to develop and implement new ministries to reach new people? How does your congregation serve God together to meet unfulfilled missional needs? This webinar will share ideas on developing ministry plans, creating common calendars, developing leadership groups, and expanding small groups.


Small-Membership Congregations (Part I)—Focus on Being effective

www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/small-membership-congregations-part-i-focus-on-being-effective
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00 pm—8:00 pm, Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality

How can leaders “See All the People” in your community? Build ministry teams to address the concerns and needs of the community while growing disciples. Gain insights about ministry models that can help leaders evaluate, plan, and implement new ways of moving forward with fulfilling the church’s mission of transformative disciple-making.


Beyond Retirement: How Retirees Make the Best Evangelists

www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/beyond-retirement-how-retirees-make-the-best-evangelists
Friday, April 13, 2018
10:00 am—12:00 Noon
Presenter:  Will Randolph, Director of Aging and Older-Adult Ministries

Google “Baby Boomer Evangelism,” and you will not find much, because the church has largely forgotten this virtually untapped army of volunteers who have time, experience, and passion for evangelism.  Why? Because many of our retired and retiring adults have never been trained in relationship evangelism techniques, and these techniques have often focused upon young-adult evangelism. This webinar specifically focuses upon how to recruit, train, and develop retirees to help in your disciple-making efforts and how to use retirees strategically to improve the outreach ministry of the church. This webinar features the stories of five retirees who have been successful in sharing their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.


Small-Membership Congregations (Part II) – Nurture Outreach Witness (NOW) Model

www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/small-membership-congregations-part-ii-nurture-outreach-witness-now-model
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm, Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality

Small vital congregations are growing through missional outreach and nurturing people. How does the N.O.W. ministry model work in your congregation? This webinar shares “vitality on the journey” from the lens of helping congregational leaders walk through the steps of making changes to increase missional-focused outreach.


Leadership Development – Developing New Leaders

www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/leadership-development-developing-new-leaders
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7:00 pm—8:00 pm, Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality

Is your community changing?  Who are your new leaders?  How does community transformation shape contextual ministry in your area? Is building key relationships within the community challenging?  What should the focus be, and where should the church begin to develop its outreach mission? This webinar will explore general community information to help congregational leaders gain a greater understanding of needs, challenges, discipleship practices and ministry opportunities.

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