Experience the Difference at Lay Leader Training this Year
“The Lay Leadership trainings that take place in the districts with each new year are a rare and unique way for the laity of the Texas Conference to participate in the connection that is so much a part of being a United Methodist,” notes former TAC Lay Leader Leah Taylor. Leah, a member of the Southwest district, has been involved in planning their training themed: the “Year of the Young” in alignment with the conference-wide goal of Investing in the Young. One of nine trainings offered over the next few weeks, this one will be held at St. Peter’s UMC on January 26 from 8:45-1:30, providing 20 inspirational workshops.
Various tracks related to finance and discipleship and TAC’s three strategic areas of focus will be offered at all of the training sessions scheduled by district superintendents. Organizers across the conference say interactive and thought-provoking seminars will be offered to introduce the laity to what is happening in the conference with regard to the strategic areas of focus. Popular how-to classes are usually repeated each year to prepare laity to be active, informed members throughout their terms of service.
Many of the trainings include a dynamic keynote speaker and worship experience to promote unity and focus on kingdom matters. Having attended many of these trainings, current TAC Lay Leader Stephanie Griffin knows that the presenters work hard to make the discussions interesting and informative. She strongly encourages laity to take this time to attend since the meetings provide a place for churches, big and small, to share what is working in their attempts to become the church that God is calling them to be. And, this forum often provides the chance to share what hasn’t worked – which can be incredibly useful to assist other churches in avoiding some of the same problems. Says Stephanie, “The discussion within the small groups can be rich with storytelling, how-to’s, how-not-to’s and, most importantly, building relationships that form the foundation for future collaboration between churches and individuals who worship in different churches in the same districts.”
A Rewarding Reunion and More
Leah adds, “I have always been grateful for the investment of my time. Each year I come away with new ideas, new friends who are walking the same road that I am, and encouragement to serve God and my neighbor in new ways that I would never have thought of myself!”
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