The Annual NORTH DISTRICT Leadership Training Event
Sponsored by the North District Leadership Team
Saturday, January 10 at Greggton United Methodist Church
1101 Pine Tree Rd., Longview 75605
9 am to 12:15 PM
Sunday, January 11 at Atlanta First United Methodist Church
701 Lindsey Lane, Atlanta, TX 75551
2 PM to 5:15 PM
Event Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Whitehurst, pastor of Grace Crossing United Methodist Church of Longview, Texas.
Topic: Community Engagement
WORKSHOPS To Be Offered:
Staff-Pastor Parish Relations Committee with District Superintendent Bill Taylor
The Staff-Pastor Parish Relations Committee is the administrative unit in the local church where staff and congregational interests are integrated to focus on the mission of the church. This training will cover the committee basics and functions as well as review the keys to having an effective Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee in your church.
TACCOR-Texas Annual Conference Committee on Relief with DeWitt Cox
The TAC Committee on Relief continues to work on preparing for any new disasters that may arise. Their mission is to provide a caring Christian presence to those who have been affected by disaster. Volunteers are needed in each district to accomplish their mission. They offer training for Early Response Teams and are the contact for collection of UMCOR kits. They create the policy and protocol for local Disaster Reponse Plans.
Teens, Twenties and Thirties(Connecting with Teens, Twenties, and Thirties) with Rev. Dr. John Whitehurst
During this session Rev. John Whitehurst, pastor of the Grace Crossing United Methodist Church in Longview, shares insight from his own experience of focusing ministry on “younger” ones in our community. John’s presentation is designed to provide inspiration and direction for local churches in order to help provide excitement, as well as basic steps in preparation for ministry to generations which are not a common sight in the life of the traditional United Methodist Church.
Leadership “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) with Rev. Melissa Crawford
The Book of Esther is presented in first person story form and then a message is delivered in a leadership application. Rev. Crawford designed and created authentic costumes from the women of the Bible. Her first person presentation of Esther will bring the Bible character alive and real to those who attend with a timeless message.
Taking the Mystery Out of Apportionments with
Rev. Dr. Elijah Stansell, Conference Dir. Connectional Resources/Fiscal Officer-Treasurer
The word “apportionment” is part of our unique United Methodist Vocabulary. Even though most of us support the concept, there are questions such as: What exactly is an “apportionment?” Where does the money go? How is our local church “apportionment” determined? What does “connectional giving” mean? These, and a variety of other quandaries are regulars among the United Methodist faithful. In order to come to understand apportionments more completely Dr. Elijah Stansell, Treasurer of our Texas Conference, presents insights for understanding in order to assist the local church in “taking the mystery out of apportionment giving.”
Extravagant Generosity:”Successful Financial Stewardship Strategies.” With Jeff Powers and CJ Taylor
Workshop description coming soon!
Each workshop will be held twice, choice of two for the day. All are welcome!
There will also be a “Missions Fair” available; you may browse the booths and learn more about the following ministries:
Texas Annual Conference Committee on Relief
HELP Workshop for Local Church Staff
Music for Worship
VBS-FREE materials, suggestions and handouts
Summer Youth Activities
Kilgore College Wesley Foundation
Northeast Texas Community College Wesley Fellowship
Heartspring Methodist Foundation
Asbury Child Development Center of Longview
Newgate Mission of Longview
Food Banks and Community Projects
Lakeview Methodist Conference Center