School of Congregational Development Set to Equip Leaders
Registration is now open for the
What began in the 1980s as a GBOD and GBGM training experience for new church start pastors, has now blossomed to include training for bishops, district superintendents, conference staff, pastors and church teams from existing congregations who desire to learn how to create and develop disciple-growing congregations. The event is a spiritual experience that renews faith in Jesus Christ and sends people into their communities in mission and ministry. Plenary sessions and worship experiences unite all participants as a faith community.
Plenary sessions include: From Attraction to Invitation; From Maintenance to Movement; From Ourselves to Others; From Giving Up to Going Out. Bishop Earl Bledsoe of the North Texas Annual Conference will preach the opening worship service, which is themed, “From Crises to Christ Centered.” Rev. Tyrone Gordon, senior pastor of
Additionally, the SCD intensives, ministry tracks, workshops and experiences at teaching congregations all allow individuals to explore their specific ministry areas. Intensives are 3½ hour experiences focused on key principles and ideas that can be applied to most ministries. Participants choose one intensive. The four-part ministry track is tailored for conference leaders, new church leaders, racial ethnic ministries and leaders of existing churches.
Participants choose one ministry track. Participants also choose two Saturday workshops, which offer nuts-and-bolts information on critical ministries in the local church. Then, on Sunday, attendees worship with and learn from one of the 12 teaching congregations in the
Registration includes a continental breakfast each day, dinner on Thursday and lunch at the
A highlight of the
Although we walk by faith and not by sight, seeing often is believing. Seeing how God used others to change the world, can often be the witness and inspiration one needs to activate their own faith.
The SCD teaching congregations include:
Korean Central UMC
(website in Korean)
Sung Chul Lee and Nakhoon Cho
One of the largest UM churches in the
Mark Craig and Paul Rasmussen
Among the largest congregations in America, this church next to the SMU campus excels in providing a multitude of worship styles and faith communities all within one campus: from high church to traditional to contemporary to gospel and more. In addition, they have embarked upon a mult-site strategy, planting campuses throughout the
The first satellite campus of
Casa Linda UMC
An Anglo congregation with an African-American pastor, who developed within it one of the most effective Hispanic ministries in Dallas, Casa Linda UMC is truly a multi-ethnic church that serves its neighborhood in mission, service and worship.
Faith UMC launched public worship in September 2003 and continues to meet in a high school, while its first building is completed. Faith UMC is known for its outstanding hospitality, excellent music and creative worship style, in addition to its perseverance.
Grace Avenue UMC
Billy Echols Richter
For 12 years, Grace Avenue UMC has been making disciples and making a difference through Jesus Christ in the dynamic, growing community of Frisco and its surrounding areas. In that period,
The anchor UM church of
St. Luke “Community” UMC
The largest African-American UMC in
Christ Foundry UMC
This fast-growing Hispanic congregation ministers to the immigrant community in the
Oak Cliff UMC
In its declining years this congregation made the strategic decision to attract a multi-ethnic population, then turn their beautiful facility in a ministry led by a bilingual Hispanic pastor.
Lovers Lane UMC
In a sprawling campus, with continual new construction, this growing church specializes in ministry with targeted audiences, such as those dealing with addictions, the deaf and immigrants from sub-Saharan
South Campus of Saint Luke
The satellite campus of nationally known St. Luke “Community” UMC, this new worshipping community is now one of the fastest growing African-American churches in