District Trainings Target Top Three TAC Focus Areas

Date Posted: 11/29/2012

Bishop Huie urges lay leaders across the conference to participate in upcoming district trainings geared to empower leadership and inspire vision.

To be chosen by God and others as a leader is a special honor. Bishop Janice Huie says, “Leaders with a clearer and more effective understanding of missional ministry can truly be transformational leaders on behalf of the Texas Annual Conference, Methodism and God.”


That’s where District Lay Leadership training comes in, according to Lay Leader Stephanie Griffin. “The Bishop has emphasized our need to be aligned across the conference so that we all move effectively and have the same heart, so each of the trainings across the nine districts will be designed to address the three areas of focus adopted by the Texas Annual Conference: 1] Cultivating Growing, Fruitful, Congregations, 2] Forming Transforming Lay and Clergy Leaders, and 3] Investing in the Young.”


You Haven’t Been There, Done This!

Stephanie is particularly excited about the creative approaches being employed in the upcoming 2013 trainings. “The Central North District will enjoy a special appearance by Dr. Greg Jones (senior strategist for Duke Divinity) as the keynote speaker for the January 27 ‘Vital Congregations’ training hosted from 2-5 pm at FUMC Conroe,” she says. Participants can then choose between nine best practice workshops facilitated by experts in areas ranging from small groups to missions and school partnerships. “I also want to applaud the Southwest District for putting an impressive panel of representatives from small, medium and large churches who will discuss best practices.”


As in the past, training events are open to all who wish to attend, as long as participants follow the respective registration protocol. “Lay leadership trainings in 2013 will not be focused on committee management,” adds Stephanie, “instead, we will more clearly address what it means to be a disciple and make disciples for the transformation of the world. Consider these training sessions as the mobilization of an army of believers changing the world.  It is our hope that laity will participate and then go out and make a difference.”


Save the Date!

Each district offers a unique mix of sessions, lectures and interactive workshops designed to empower more impactful disciple-making. Online registration is available via links below.


·   Dr. Greg Jones will be the keynote speaker at the Central North District laity training event on January 26 at Conroe First UMC from 2 - 4 pm. For more information, contact Doris Folser at 281-895-7700.


·   Strengthening Hands-on Missions Through Strategic Collaborations is the theme of the Central South District 2013 Leadership Event planned for January 27, 2-6:30 pm at FUMC Houston’s West Campus 10570 Westpark Dr.

Don’t miss special keynote guest Rudy Rasmus … a pastor, author, and global humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world’s poorest citizens. He often says his primary spiritual gift is “hanging out.”  From his previous life of owning and operating a “borderline bordello,” today Pastor Rudy co-pastors the St. John’s United Methodist Church located in Downtown Houston with his wife Juanita. What began with 9 members in 1992, is now a church of over 9,000 members (30% were formerly homeless, and 40% of the total membership are in church for the first time as adults). Twenty years later St. John’s is one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country where every week people of every social and economic background and ethnicity share the same pew. Laity can select from almost 20 afternoon workshops ranging from communication best practices to the nuts and bolts of church finance work. Registration and additional information


·   East District Workshop and Advanced Lay Speaker Class will be held: Saturday, March 3, 9-3 pm at First UMC, Diboll. Ted Campbell will present: "We've Got Something to Shout About! - Methodists Then and Now” Information: Joe Beran, 936-867-4525; Becky Love, 936-635-1561.


·   The Northwest District-hosted training will take place at Lakeview Conference Retreat Center on January 28. For more information, contact Pat Travers at 903-593-1861.


·   South District Leadership Training at Clear Lake UMC

The South District will conduct a district leadership training event on Saturday, January 26th from 9 to 11:30 am at Clear Lake UMC. The focus of the event is Investing in our Children and Youth and the keynote speaker will be Rev. Matt Idom.


Southwest District Leadership Training at St. Peter's UMC

·   The 2013 Southwest District Leadership Training event "Year of the Young" will be held at St. Peter's UMC on January 26 from 8:45 am - 1:30 pm.  Learn Best practices for investing in the young. Choose from 20 workshops. All laity are invited. Katy, St. Peter's UMC is located at 20775 Kingsland Boulevard in Katy, TX 77450.


The Southwest District is also offering classes for the primary committees of Trustee, SPRC and Finance. The classes will be held at First UMC, Missouri City, Texas on January 28. There will be an open panel discussion with representatives of small, medium and large congregation churches presenting best practices for vital congregations. There will also be classes regarding evangelism and empowering new leadership, incorporating new members and inspiring leaders to start new groups. Contact the district office at 281-499-3700 for additional information.


·   The Southeast District will conduct a leadership training event at Wesley UMC, Beaumont from 3- 5:30 pm on January 29. For additional information, contact Rev. Beverly Tune, 409-962-1076 or bevtune@gmail.com.


·   The West District is offering L.E.A.D. Institute at Christ UMC, College Station on January 29. The keynote address will be given by Rev. Jim Leggett of Grace Fellowship UMC, Katy. Workshops are designed to inspire, inform and empower participants, and send them forth to make disciples for the transformation of the world. For details, contact Ellen Willett at 936-295-5441. 


·   The North District will have two sessions: January 19 from 9 am– noon at Williams UMC, Texarkana and January 20 from 3 -5 pm at Gilmer FUMC.  Childcare will be provided at both sessions.  For more information call the district offices – 903-758-7003 or 903-794-6231.