South Central Jurisdiction Mission Academy to Train for Mission and Disaster Response
Experienced and novice leaders across the jurisdiction will engage in conversations related to mission and disaster work at the September Academy in Nebraska.
In recent years, the disaster academy trainings have been taking on a new life as missional academies involving a wider range of training session topics that are driven by the participants themselves. While the South Central Jurisdiction Mission Academy is several months away on September 10-13, 2017 in the Great Plains Conference, and interactive forum is already tracking the topic preferences of participants here.
UMVIM Top 3 Topics:
1. Spiritual Growth in Mission
2. Powerful Presentations
3. Equitable Partnerships: The 50/50 Model
Disaster Top 3 Topics::
1. UMCOR/UMVIM Communication in Disaster
2. Disaster: From Relief to Recovery
3. Conference Disaster Coordination
“We have changed the emphasis of the training to engage in other important mission conversations that would be useful to our usual disaster response attendees, while also attracting folks with other mission interests,” shares Audrey Phelps, Director of UMVIM & Disaster Response for the South Central Jurisdiction. “We have more than doubled our attendance by expanding the focus beyond the UMCOR course schedule and offering classes like Understanding Poverty, Spiritual Leadership, Missionary Service in the UMC.”
Rev. Scott Moore, TAC Mission Center Executive Director has attended the academies over a number of years. “Each year more and more topics are offered,” he says. “Every year we identify new missional leaders active in our conference that we didn’t previously know. The Missions Academy is a great place to meet other mission-minded servants, to share new and innovative ideas about missions, and to learn best practices from some of the most respected leaders in our denomination.” Adds Scott, “Between the actual classroom learning and the fellowship opportunities, I believe this is one of the best mission-focused trainings available anywhere. I highly encourage clergy and lay, new and experienced missional servants to attend.”
The 2017 Academy will be held at the Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska, which offers a serene, scenic setting, with many activities between sessions. Audrey shares, “It will be an awesome experience of fellowship, worship, and strengthening our missional response!”