The February 2, 2019 West District Day of Learning offers a keynote by Rev. Rob Rynders titled Creating and Maintaining Communities of Faith for the 21st Century: Learnings from The Orontes Project as well as a variety of workshops. Here is more information on three of those workshops.
Behavioral Health – Caring for Others/Caring for Ourselves – Rev. Joshua Warner
Mental health is important. It affects how we feel, act, deal with stress and relate to others. Our Wesleyan heritage calls us to take care of our whole being including our physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn some basics about mental health, how to help others and ways to respond to persons in crisis in the church and in the communities where we live.
Joshua Warner serves as Minister of Pastoral Care at Faith United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He leads the church in ministries of compassion and mercy, including facilitating the church’s grief support group, prayer chain, and supporting the church community with resources to help those in crisis.
In addition to his role within the church, Joshua serves as a Children’s High Needs Case Manager for LaFrontera EMPACT-SPC in Glendale. In this role, Joshua works with children and adolescents at risk, supporting families as they seek to secure much-needed resources to help their children grow into happy, productive adults. Joshua partners with the Department of Child Safety (DCS), the Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Office, and other direct service providers to meet the unique needs of children and families in his care.
Congregational Care Ministries – Rev. Leah Bergstrom
Are your people complaining that no one cares and that no one ever visits anymore? A model will be presented on how to organize a Care Team to reach out to the needs of your homebound members and to others going through tough times. This is an inexpensive yet effective plan to empower lay people.
Leah Bergstrom is the Pastor of Visitation at the North Scottsdale United Methodist Church. She also leads the Care Team. Leah formed a similar Care Team at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Allison Park, PA. She believes that the Ministry of Care in any congregation needs to be a structured ministry, otherwise many persons get lost in the care process.
Leah, an ordained, retired pastor served St. Paul’s church for 32 years and also served churches in Florida. She is married to Bob Bergstrom. They enjoy spending time with their 12 grandchildren and their families. Leah has published four books, the last one is a devotional book geared for young adults leaving home for the first time.
Going Green – Julie O’Neal
Join Julie in learning easy steps to reducing your waste in the home, at church, and in the community. These steps include reducing plastic products; composting; recycling; eliminating product packaging and more. There will be time for crowdsourcing and Q & A.