In the first months of the year, people who have been elected to local church leadership begin their new ministry roles. The Desert Southwest Conference recognizes the importance of these church leaders and the importance of training them on the disciplinary duties of the local church administrative committees. These committees include Trustees, Finance, Staff Parish Relations, and the Leadership Team or Church Council. In the past, these trainings have taken place in-person at each district. This year these trainings are being offered through webinars and the district training that was advertised for January 30, 2021 has been postponed.

These webinars, and a collection of handout materials to go with them, are available on the Desert Southwest Conference webpage under the DSC University Trainings and Events button or at this link https://dscumc.org/initiative/itraining/. There are webinars and materials for the Board of Trustees, Finance Committees, Leadership Team/Church Councils, and Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committees. They can be viewed at any time, any place. Some committees may want to watch segments together and discuss them in the first meetings of the year. Other committees may ask their members to view them separately and perhaps have a discussion with the pastor about how they will work in that specific church’s setting. The District Superintendents are available to answer any questions or if a church would like further instruction on a topic.

God is a generous God who gifts our churches with people from all kinds of backgrounds with different kinds of talents and skills. Inviting them into ministry and equipping them with the knowledge they need to honor their commitments is part of our work in making disciples. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul uses the human body as a metaphor for the church and how each part is valued for its contribution. The ministry of these administrative committees are important ministries to the church. They act to resource and support the rest of the work of the church that helps people grow closer to Christ, nurtures them to be his disciples and gives them opportunities to make Christ known in the community beyond the church.

Rev. N. Susan Brims, East District Superintendent
Rev. Dan Morley, North District Superintendent
Rev. Nancy Cushman, West District Superintendent
Rev. Matt Ashley, South District Superintendent

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Author: Nancy Cushman

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