TMF Offers Professional Development Events for Clergy


Texas Methodist Foundation has created a series of professional development events for clergy in the Texas Conference, organized by Melvin Amerson, TMF resource specialist.
These LOL (Learning Over Lunch) events are designed to provide quality, affordable learning opportunities for clergy over a meal. Events are limited to 25 to allow for more interaction with the presenter and peers.
The next event is scheduled for Thursday, August 27th at Westbury UMC in Houston from 11 am to 2 pm.  Rev. John Thornburg – TMF area consultant, former Perkins preaching instructor, and published hymn writer – is facilitating the conversation on:  “Turning on the Worship Power Grid – Working for Fuller Participation.”  Just as a bumper car ride is only exciting if your car has power, worship is only truly rich and memorable if everyone in the sanctuary can experience God’s presence and power. But sometimes worship leaders keep all the power on the podium. This seminar will provide concrete examples of how to spread the power and excitement of worship throughout the sanctuary. There will be plenty of time for participant questions to be addressed, as well. John will be leading the conversation on this same topic at LOL events in Texarkana and Pittsburg (see below).
Cost is $25 per person, with lunch included. Reservations required. Email Melvin Amerson at to register.
Date and time:  August 27, 2015, 11 am to 2 pm
Location:  Westbury UMC, 5200 Willowbend Blvd., Houston, TX 77096
Upcoming LOL events are also scheduled for:
September 28 – Williams Memorial UMC in Texarkana – presenter John Thornburg:  “Turning on the Worship Power Grid – Working for Fuller Participation”
October 12 – First UMC in Pittsburg – presenter John Thornburg:  “Turning on the Worship Power Grid – Working for Fuller Participation”
November 5 – Chapelwood UMC in Houston – presenter Tom Locke, TMF president:  “Leading from Purpose and Core Values”
The first event, on May 12, took place at St. Stephen’s in Houston, where Kevin Otto serves as senior pastor. Gifted retired pastor and preacher Dr. Jim Bankston gave an informative and inspirational presentation on “The Art of Storytelling and Preaching.”  Rev. Deborah Vaughn, pastor of Abiding Faith UMC left the event feeling empowered: “Stories drawn from various resources or experiences can resonate across cultures and generations, while addressing complex issues.”  Rev. Kenneth Green said, “The LOL experience with Jim exceeded expectations by inspiring us to become intentional, transformative storytellers.”