Bishop Bryan to speak at Pathways to Discipleship; still time to register


Churches looking for new ideas, networking opportunities and practical, quality training for their pastors, parishioners, staff and leaders need look no further than this year’s Pathways to Discipleship conference.

Scheduled for Saturday, August 20 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, the training event will offer participants more than 30 workshops from which to choose, each designed to help congregations become healthier and fulfill the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.

The training, which starts at 9:30 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m., will begin with a time of worship and mission emphasis entitled “Neighborhoods to Nations.” South Georgia’s newly assigned bishop, Bishop R. Lawson Bryan, will be in attendance and will address attendees during the opening worship service.

“Through this worship and mission time we will learn about several fruitful ministries in our Conference that are having tremendous impact reaching marginalized individuals and groups in their local communities and beyond,” said Allison Lindsey, associate director of Connectional Ministries. “The ideas gathered from other churches and networking opportunities shared are two more aspects of Pathways that makes it a great event for churches of all shapes and sizes.”

After the “Neighborhoods to Nations” worship experience, participants will move into their selected workshops. Workshop subjects cover a host of issues, including children and youth-focused workshops, spiritual discipline workshops, and those focused on missions and outreach. Classes include “ReThinking Evangelism” “Electronic Giving,” and “Church Security,” among many others.

“This year's Pathways promises to offer a great variety of workshops to help equip both clergy and laity in their ministry roles,” Lindsey said. “In addition to workshop leaders from across South Georgia, we are honored to have Winston Worrell from the World Evangelism Institute; Michael McCord, director of the Georgia Commission on Higher Education and Collegiate Ministry; and Brent Loeffler, a lay member of Bainbridge First UMC who currently serves on staff with the Georgia Sherriff's Association, joining us to teach this year. Brent will be leading a two-part workshop on church security, a hot topic right now in our society.”

Resources to help promote Pathways in your church can be found at The design team urges local church leaders to carpool to the event to minimize travel costs and to maximize the benefits of the day by continuing the learning conversation during the return trip.

Register online at The registration deadline has been extended to allow more congregations and individuals time to register. The conference costs $20 per person. A boxed lunch from Chick-fil-A is included in the registration fee. Safe Sanctuaries compliant childcare is available for newborn to fifth-grade children at a cost of $10 per child, which covers the cost of their lunch. .5 CEU credits are available for this event.

For questions, contact Allison Lindsey at

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