Webinars & Training Resources

Stay tuned for more training resources coming your way in 2017,
including a new Leadership Training Series!

The Connectional Webinar Series is a training opportunity using enhanced technology through the Office of Connectional Ministries. You can enter this virtual, informative, educational, interactive experience from your home or office! All you need is a computer and the Internet.  

For more information or if you have an idea for a webinar we’d love to hear from you! Contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com.

SPRC Training led by Bishop Bryan

Click here to download the handout that accompanies the training.

 **This training video was filmed at the Pathways Leadership Training Event in August 2017.


Upcoming Webinars from the Board of Discipleship

Where to Begin in Boomer Ministry & Advanced Boomer Ministry
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/where-to-begin-in-boomer-ministry-advanced-boomer-ministry

Friday, October 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time 
Presenter: Will Randolph, Director of Aging and Older Adult Ministries
 
Is your community home to a lot of retiring baby boomers who are unchurched? Have you discovered that baby boomers may be a key group to target in outreach and evangelism programs? Then this is the webinar for you! The webinar will help churches who are wanting to build a boomer ministry from the ground up or help take their present boomer ministry to the next level. It begins by covering tools and assessments to help the church leader  develop a boomer ministry strategy.
 
The webinar also covers basics such as the different types of boomers and understanding how to invite each to become a part of the newly minted ministry. Based upon what has been discovered already from surveying churches who are a part of the Office on Aging’s catalog of targeted Boomer Ministries, this webinar compares not only the formation history of these ministries but also the common characteristics of both successful ministries and unsuccessful boomer ministries. Finally, this webinar draws upon what was learned as a part of Boomerstock about how to engage with boomers. 
 
Community Transformation: Leading Ministry and Gentrification
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/community-transformation-leading-ministry-and-gentrification

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
7:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality
 
Is your community changing?  What is gentrification?  Is your community impacted by urban sprawl? How does community transformation shape contextual ministry in your area? Is building key relationships within the community challenging?  What should the focus be, and where should the church begin to develop its outreach mission? This webinar will explore general community information to help congregational leaders gain a greater understanding of needs, challenges, discipleship practices, and ministry opportunities.
 
Tuesday Tea with Melanie  
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/tuesday-tea-with-melanie-october-2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
11:30 a.m., Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Melanie C. Gordon
 
Tuesday Tea with Melanie is a webinar series focused on embracing children and families as part of the disciple-making process in local congregations. The series opens up the enlivening questions at the center of children’s faith formation: Will our children have faith? How do we help children grow in faith? We gather experts to explore these questions in their complexity as they impact the lives of children and families in the digital age.
 
Tuesday Tea’s participants create online communities that connect them to others engaged in ministry with children, equipping them to communicate in fresh, new ways to different others, and inspires them to more fully engage children and families in the life of the church.
 
Pour a cup of tea and join us on the following Tuesdays for rich and impactful conversation.

Tuesday Tea with Melanie  
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/tuesday-tea-with-melanie-november-2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
11:30 a.m., Central Standard Time
Presenter: Melanie C. Gordon
 
Tuesday Tea with Melanie is a webinar series focused on embracing children and families as part of the disciple-making process in local congregations. The series opens up the enlivening questions at the center of children’s faith formation: Will our children have faith? How do we help children grow in faith? We gather experts to explore these questions in their complexity as they impact the lives of children and families in the digital age.
 
Tuesday Tea’s participants create online communities that connect them to others engaged in ministry with children, equipping them to communicate in fresh, new ways to different others, and inspires them to more fully engage children and families in the life of the Church.
 
Pour a cup of tea and join us on the following Tuesdays for rich and impactful conversation.
 
Giving Beyond the Budget
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/giving-beyond-the-budget

Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:30 p.m., Central Standard Time
Presenter: Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries
 
Is your church ready to receive gifts that won’t necessarily come through the offering plate? Do you have a strategy in place for gifts that might take the form of an endowment, memorial gifts, or gifts of property, stocks, or valuable collectibles? If you were approached by someone offering a larger gift, would you know how to respond? Join us as we explore how these gifts “above and beyond” might help your church achieve greater mission and witness!
 
Spiritual Leadership Practices: Living into God’s Vision
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/spiritual-leadership-practices-living-into-gods-vision

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7:00 p.m., Central Standard Time

Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality
What did your leaders learn throughout the year about spiritual practices?  Was the year so full of planning that you missed time for reflective thinking and Sabbath?   How should your leaders evaluate, prepare, pray, and develop ministry action plans for the upcoming year? Focusing on building and transforming small groups, this webinar will share insights about moving forward with implementing healthy annual learning schedules that promote increasing spiritual practices to support small groups, Sunday school, leadership, and community mission experiences.

Beyond the Worship Wars — Older Adults Worship Differently
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/beyond-the-worship-wars-older-adults-worship-differently

Friday, December 1, 2017
10:00 a.m., Central Standard Time
Presenter: Will Randolph, Director of Aging and Older Adult Ministries
 
Worship is fundamental to the life and experience of any faith community’s practicing members and a central part of our faith formation and maturing process. Most of us evolve over time in our worship desires and abilities. As we do so, we discover one simple truth: older adults, including boomers, worship differently.
 
This webinar focuses upon the spiritual needs and differences in worship styles of the various generations of older adults to assist church leaders of congregations with large numbers of older adults and boomers. It is designed to help leaders then understand how to best design worship to engage boomers and older adults through worship. Included in this webinar is not only how boomers have changed worship as they have grown up but a projection of how worship will change as boomers grow old. 
 
Tuesday Tea with Melanie  
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/tuesday-tea-with-melanie-december-2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
11:30 a.m., Central Standard Time
Presenter: Melanie C. Gordon
 
Tuesday Tea with Melanie is a webinar series focused on embracing children and families as part of the disciple-making process in local congregations. The series opens up the enlivening questions at the center of children’s faith formation: Will our children have faith? How do we help children grow in faith? We gather experts to explore these questions in their complexity as they impact the lives of children and families in the digital age.
 
Tuesday Tea’s participants create online communities that connect them to others engaged in ministry with children, equipping them to communicate in fresh, new ways to different others, and inspires them to more fully engage children and families in the life of the Church.