Learning to Lead the Renewal Revolution

Date Posted: 9/26/2013

Houston’s “Shift Happens” Conference will feature best practices in leadership for urban and rural ministry practitioners. Register by September 30 to save money.


Start 2014 off right by learning to lead and provide hope in an era of great transition in the Methodist church. Speakers and workshops at the “Shift Happens” Conference in Houston, will cover such diverse topics as congregational renewal in both the rural and urban context, grant writing, asset-based community development, circles out of poverty, effective combating of racism, cross-cultural hospitality, networking theory and practice, and much more.


This multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-national gathering for rural and urban leaders is sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries (UMC) and coordinated by iRUN (The International Rural and Urban Network of the United Methodist Church). The price includes two breakfasts and a luncheon meal, and networking time to reinforce relationships between and within jurisdictions and agencies of the United Methodist Church.


Leaders include:

Bishop James E. Swanson Sr., Rev. Joe Connelly, Rev. Sharon Schwab, Rev. John Edgar, Rev. LeKisha Reed, Rev. Ed Kail, Rev. Kelvin Sauls, and Rev. Levy Bautista (United Nations & General Board of Church & Society) – among others.


Topics include:

·         “SHIFTS and their IMPACT"

·         "The HOPE -factor"

·          "Vision for Rural-Urban Networking"


Take advantage of the "early bird" registration fee of $155 per person from now through Sept. 30, 2013. After that date, the registration fee will be $185 per person. If reserved at the Westin Galleria by October 17, block discount (Rural & Urban Network Gathering) rooms are only $119/night.

Register Online!