Workshops, Friday, June 9, 3:30
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When registering for Annual Conference 2017, you will have a chance to register for one of these workshops, designed to help you and your church increase your fruitfulness.
Five Essentials of a Fruitful Pastor’s Role
Emmanuel Cleaver III, Senior Pastor, St. James United Methodist Church, Kansas City, Missouri
Join this lively, inspiring, and convicting exploration of the essential role of pastor. Discover why it’s so easy for pastors and congregations to get off track and how to restore your church, so it functions properly. Gain a clear understanding of five essentials on which the pastor must focus, and which tasks the pastor should relinquish entirely. Also learn the critical functions of laity, and discover how to mobilize and empower laity to reach new people and effectively fulfill their mission as a congregation.
Growing in H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel)
Cynthia Engstrom, Pastor, Youth, & Adult Ministry Co-ordinator, Brackettville United Methodist Church
First UMC Brackettville is an aging congregation, mostly white, financially stable, West Texas traditional. Our neighbors are mostly Hispanic, baptized or unchurched, and economically among our nation’s poorest. They used to call us, “The White Church.” Now, they call us HOPE. We’d love to share our story of stepping out in faith to love and serve our neighbors—it has transformed our congregation and community in ways we could not have known to imagine.
Free or Cheap Tech Tools for Church Effectiveness
Rev. Will Rice, Director of Communications and Media, Rio Texas Annual Conference
Technology has gotten more accessible and less expensive, making it available to even the smallest local churches. Free and inexpensive technological tools can improve the effectiveness of the church ministries and increase the fruitfulness of those churches.
In the Bud There is a Flower: Outcome-Based Ministry
Lisa Greenwood, VP of Leadership Ministry, Texas Methodist Foundation
Have you ever looked around and thought, “Wow, we have a lot of great activities in our church, but I’m not sure we’re really making a difference?" This workshop will offer a framework for congregations to focus their efforts and resources in purposeful ways that bear fruit.
Share. Encourage. Exhort. Disciple: The Fruitfulness of Wesleyan Small Groups
Robert Perales, Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church, McAllen
JJ Wicke, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Weslaco
Amelia Beasley, Pastor, El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church, Brownsville
Joe Tognetti, Pastor, Lyford and Edcouch United Methodist Churches
Lizzie Wright, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Edinburg
Jeana Martin, Pastor, Wesley United Methodist Church, Harlingen
One of the largest contributing factors to the growth of Methodism in our country was the Class Meeting–small groups of men and women gathering together to share how God was at work in their lives. This powerful practice continues to be an amazing tool of transformation for Christians and churches all across the world, yet the group of people who championed it have nearly forgotten how to do it and the fruit it can bear in the lives and hearts of those who take part. Come and hear the stories of people who have experienced the fruit of Wesleyan Small Groups, and learn how you can get one started in your church today!
Ministry with the Poor
Mike Smith, Director, Holding Institute
Javier Leyva, Pastor, Casa Hermosa and La Trinidad United Methodist Church, Seguin
Robert Ortiz, Pastor, Asbury Church
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) This workshop will explore what it means to be in ministry WITH the poor as opposed to ministry to/for the poor, and will specifically look at the ministries of Holding Institute in Laredo, Texas (Mike Smith), new church plant Casa Hermosa in New Braunfels, Texas (Javier Leyva), and the renewal effort of Asbury Church in San Antonio, Texas (Robert Ortiz).
Children, Books, and the Fruit of Transformation
Kercida McClain, Associate Director, Project Transformation-Rio Texas
Learn how children, college and church intersect so that leaders emerge, congregations find purpose, communities change, and lives transform.
Stories of Humble Ground and God's Abundance
Nydia Jara, Pastor, El Divino Redentor United Methodist Church, McAllen
The members of El Divino carry on a remarkable tradition of reaching new people with the good news of Christ in a variety of low-income communities, including outlying colonias and trailer parks near the church. These efforts are largely lay-led and an inspirational story of discipleship in action and finding Christ in humble, passionate, dedicated hearts.
Faith, Neighbors and Health
Karen Boehk, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Smithville
Come and learn about the Smithville Community Clinic, started by the church, which offers healing and wholeness to the uninsured residents of Smithville and the surrounding area and which has saved several lives. The Smithville church also planted the Born Again Emporium, which blesses everyone involved—donors, volunteers, and shoppers. We will talk about the fruits of these ministries and the ways we work together with our neighbors to provide such venues of God's love and grace through a small town church.
Fruitfulness in Youth Ministry
Abby Parker Herrera, Young People’s Ministries, Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church
Tanya Marie Eustace Campen, Assistant Director of Intergenerational Discipleshp, Rio Texas Annual Conference Mission Vitality Center
Churches often say, “We wish we had more young people!” Join members of the new conference youth ministry council as they share how your congregation can fully incorporate young disciples into the life of the church. Hear their voices, experience, and insight as they lift up fruitful practices that lead persons of all ages to grow in faith and to do the holy work of disciple-making and community transformation.
Membership to Discipleship: Growing Fruitful Leaders
David McNitzky, Senior Pastor, Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, San Antonio
Scott Heare, Lead Pastor, Riverside Community Church, Bulverde
This workshop explores one alternative method of building a leadership pipeline to cooperate with our Lord in the renewing of all things by creating a community of conversation. We have discovered that a stimulating engagement with the text can lead to a creative engagement with the world.
Planting a Seedling in New Soil: Second Sites
Aaron Saenz, Lead Pastor, Valley Praise United Methodist Church, Harlingen
James Ramirez, Campus Pastor, Valley Praise, Santa Rosa
Kevin Harden, Associate Pastor, Valley Praise United Methodist Church, Harlingen
God is in the business of multiplying! Valley Praise, a new church start a little over 7 years ago, has sent out new shoots into a nearby small town where the United Methodist Church decided to close. Learn about the journey to this second site, building on existing community engagement efforts and transforming not only the building, but also the image of the church, with new people led to relationship with Christ.
Schools and Communities: Stewards of this Ground
Ben Trammell, Lead Pastor, University United Methodist Church, San Antonio
Hear the story of a church that decided to take responsibility for making a measurable difference in the lives of its community’s schools, children and families. Join a discussion of concrete ways we can bring blessing to the neighborhoods where our churches have been sent by clearly defining and claiming our geographic responsibilities and investing in the public good.
The Dirt on Church Health and Growth: Cultivating Cultures of Mission, Spirituality and Hospitality
Karen Horan, Pastor, Greune United Methodist Church
You can't grow anything until the soil is right! Learn to create and cultivate a culture of mission, lovingly going out to reach people in the name of Jesus. Create a culture of spirituality, staying focused on the power of the Holy Spirit to do the work. Create a culture of hospitality, so that those who come are welcomed radically! Work the soil (culture), to bring abundant fruit