Attend Large Church Initiative 2015 at The Woodlands UMC in April

Date Posted: 2/26/2015

Several Texas Annual Conference pastors and musicians will provide leadership insight and inspiration when the LCI 2015 comes to The Woodlands UMC April 20-22.

How will we ever make disciples of all these people?” This sentiment is likely on the heart of all pastors regardless of church size, but is magnified in larger churches and therefore the title for one of the sessions at The Large Church Initiative at The Woodlands UMC this April. This session, led by Rev. Ken Werlein, pastor of Faithbridge UMC in North Houston, will focus on how God is transforming his church to prioritize discipleship. In addition to preaching God’s Word, Ken’s ministry includes mentoring young leaders and working to strengthen other Kingdom-minded ministries in local and global communities.
Other TAC leaders sharing their gifts and graces include Rev. Rudy Rasmus, St. John’s UMC, and The Woodlands UMC sanctuary choir and orchestra. Rudy and his wife co-pastor St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston, one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country. Pastor Rudy coordinates domestic and global anti-hunger initiatives in conjunction with concert tours by longtime friend and church member Beyoncé Knowles. He is the author of the book, Love. Period. When All Else Fails.
The Large Church Initiative typically draws 300-600 UMC leaders from across the nation. It kicks off mid-day Monday, April 20 and concludes mid-day on Wednesday, April 22. Participants are invited to live out the conference theme, “Imagine: Limitless God, Boundless Possibilities" as they imagine together about greater ways to leverage service, storytelling, and authenticity for greater impact.
The host church is a 10,000-member congregation in the rapidly growing north quadrant of Houston. Woodlands UMC offers area residents nine worship services (in four unique styles) each weekend. According to Dr. Tim Walker, event chairman, a large church in United Methodism indicates over 300 or more in the average weekly worship attendance. “The conference goal is inspiration and best practices from the host church—and from outstanding well-known keynote presenters including Olu Brown of Impact Church, Atlanta and Jessica LaGrone, Dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary.
On the music front, David Dunn, a headliner artist whose music can be heard on the radio, will be leading a Late Night Live worship session. The conference also includes Mark Swazye Band, Josh Price, Cameron Hammon, and Louise Kramer and the TWUMC sanctuary choir and orchestra leading worship throughout the conference.  Ministry tracks will be offered in the following areas: Administration, Discipleship, Missions, Outreach, and Worship.
Workshops cover topics ranging from reaching millennials and creating a thriving youth group to discussions on small groups, capital campaigns, communications and social media best practices. In addition to keynote speakers and informational workshops, LCI offers a time of renewal for church workers. Attendees will have opportunities to relax, worship, spend time in prayer and connect with others experiencing the same trials and victories in ministry.  Register at