Upcoming webinars with Bishop Jones, Facebook executive and Thom Rainer

Date Posted: 1/28/2021

The Texas Annual Conference is hosting a series of upcoming webinars. Bishop Scott J. Jones and a roster of other distinguished speakers will cover a variety of topics, ranging from the organization of the United Methodist Church, to social media, to the future of the post-pandemic church.

Connected to Christ, Connected to Others with Bishop Scott Jones

Each Friday in February, Bishop Scott J. Jones will host a webinar exploring the inner workings of the United Methodist Church and answering questions about organizational structures.
“How do we follow Jesus? How do we stay connected like he asked us to? We do that by being part of His church,” Jones explained.
Topics will include bishops and apportionments, United Methodist beliefs about social issues and the itinerate system. Why do United Methodists talk so much about money? Why are we a worldwide Church?
Bishop Jones will delve into a number of topics that will appeal to pastors and leaders in the United Methodist Church. “Do you still have questions? Well, we have answers,” Jones said.  
The sessions are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Registration to each session must be made individually. To make a reservation, email Robin Rodriguez at rrodriguez@txcumc.org.
For more information, visit txcumc.org/connected-to-christ-connected-to-others.


From Social Media to Social Discipleship with Facebook’s Nona Jones

“Online church” is searched millions of times each month, but a number of churches are still not on-line or using technological tools correctly.
On 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, Nona Jones, Facebook’s head of global-faith based partnerships, will present a one-hour webinar exploring ways to use the Internet to attract and disciple individuals in your community in brand new ways. Space is limited, and churches are asked to limit access to five people per congregation to allow other conferences to join.
Jones will cover topics from her book, “From Social Media to Social Ministry: A guide to digital discipleship,” including how churches can use Facebook Live and Facebook Groups to interact with the community. She also will define Learning Units and discuss how to use them to disciple members and attract new people.
The final 15 minutes of the one-hour session will be dedicated to answering questions from participants. Priority will be given to questions sent ahead of time by the deadline of 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8 to communications@txcumc.org.
For more information, email Shannon Martin, Director of Communications at smartin@txcumc.org.

Please click the link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/97357962768?pwd=OFR2VWxaaEphOXFjQ0FUN2Q3Ulk4dz09


The Post Quarantine Church with author Thom Ranier

Wondering what will become of the church in the “new normal” future? The Texas Annual Conference is hosting a webinar about what’s next, including what is expected to change and what will stay the same.
“The-Post Quarantine Church” is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 4 and will be followed by a Q&A. Thom Ranier, a former pastor, long-time church consultant, founder and CEO of Church Answers and Executive Director of Revitalize Network, will lead the webinar.
Ranier recently authored “The Post Quarantine Church: Six Urgent Challenges and Opportunities that Will Determine the Future of Your Congregation.” This guide covers the growing digital church, rethinking campus facilities and developing strategies for growth.
The talk will help pastors find positive ways to leverage new ideas and equip ministers to move courageously into the future. To join, click https://zoom.us/j/97190832280.
For more information, visit txcumc.org/webinars.