Communiqué 431 – June 27, 2012
National Worship Leader Conference, July 16-19
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is hosting the National Worship Leader Conference July 16-19. The annual event draws together the nation’s leading worship leaders for four days of training, equipping and awesome worship experiences.
This year, the headline artists include David Crowder, Laura Story, Paul Baloche and Israel Houghton among others.
The registration deadline is July 9. Get more information at www.nationalworshipleaderconference.com.
South Central Jurisdictional Conference, July 18-21
Delegates will meet July 18-21 for the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Oklahoma City, where they will elect bishops and assign them to episcopal areas.
Get more information at http://scj.umportal.org/main/section.asp?id=1016.
CCYM Worlds and Oceans of Fun, July 30
Mid-high and senior-high youth of the Kansas East Conference are invited to spend a day at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun July 30. The event is sponsored by the Kansas East Conference Council on Youth Ministry.
The $48 registration covers admission, lunch, insurance and a $1 Youth Service Fund offering.
Get more information at www.kansaseast.org/events/detail_ke/3828.
Center for Pastoral Effectiveness retreat series, Aug. 1-3
A new Center for Pastoral Effectiveness retreat series will begin Aug. 1-3 at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend.
Changes invoke anxiety, and clergy are called upon to lead through change. The retreat series helps pastors understand and cope with the anxiety that develops in the system when congregations undergo or consider change.
The registration deadline is July 4.
“Don’t make money the deciding issue [for attending]. There are creative ways to address that. If you want to attend, we will work out the details,” said Rev. Bill Selby, retreat leader.
Get more information at www.kansaseast.org/events/detail_ke/4201 or contact Selby at email@example.com.
Clergy who have attended a Center for Pastoral Effectiveness retreat series are invited to attend Track Two, a series of retreats that go deeper into understanding of your personal family of origin and integration of family systems into daily ministry. A Track Two series will be scheduled near the borders of Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
Contact Rev. Bill Selby if you are interested in attending Track Two at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come Celebrate, Aug. 4
Find strength in diversity. Celebrate cultural communities of Jesus Christ through music, dance, worship and meal Aug. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lawrence First UMC’s west campus, 867 Highway 40.
The event is sponsored by the Kansas East Conference Commission on Diversity and Advocacy.
The registration fee is $10 per person, which includes lunch. To guarantee the meal, registrations should be post-marked no later than July 15.
Find out more and get a registration form at www.kansaseast.org/events/detail_ke/4218.
Certified Lay Minister Training: New Testament, Aug. 6-21
A Certified Lay Minister (CLM) is a lay person who serves a small-membership church through different forms of ministry.
To become a certified lay minister, the person will pass eleven courses and be approved by the District Committee on Ordained Ministry (DCOM).
One of the online courses, New Testament, will be Aug. 6 – 31. The registration deadline is July 27.
Find out more at www.kswestumc.org/pages/detail/1437.
Imagine No Malaria initiative informs UMCOR work
“When the United Methodist Church launched its global health initiative at General Conference in 2008, it was the United Methodist Church’s commitment to addressing some of the very large problems that we are seeing, as they relate to health around the world,” Rev. Cynthia Harvey said at the 2012 Kansas East Annual Conference. “The church chose malaria as the entry point into examining these interrelated and very complex issues.”
Harvey is the associate general secretary at the General Board of Global Ministries in charge of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
She said malaria has informed how UMCOR goes about addressing community-based health.
Read more at www.kansaseast.org/news/detail/771.
Imagine No Malaria T-shirts that were sold at Annual Conference can be purchased online at www.kswestumc.org/registrations/register/268. $10 of each T-shirt sale goes to Imagine No Malaria.
Small church achieves big goals with military mindset
Not many churches can say their success stems from military experience, but, in the case of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Lansing, it’s true.
Because of their proximity to Fort Leavenworth, the congregation consists of many retired military personnel. They bring a mindset of goal-setting, trial and evaluation.
Read more at www.kansaseast.org/news/detail/779.
Church insurance company to issue policies
United Methodist Insurance Co. has announced that it will begin issuing policies in its own name on Oct. 1. The insurance risk for these policies will be reinsured fully through insurance carriers, most of whom have been issuing policies.
Learn more at www.gcfa.org/sites/default/files/u3/Press Release - UMIC FINAL.pdf.
Top 10 must-have mobile apps for church leaders
Mobile apps are becoming increasingly a part of our everyday lives, simplifying ordinary tasks and providing instant access to information on the go.
Now you can easily access information about The United Methodist Church with the new UMC app, which enables access to daily devotions, news, videos, photos and social media sites. The “Find-A-Church” feature allows you to find a United Methodist church in a specific geographic location, as well as UMC conferences, agencies and administrative offices. The “Ask Info Serve” feature connects users who have questions about the church or are looking for resources with church staff who can help.
Find out more at www.umcom.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=mrLZJ9PFKmG&b=6084857&ct=11715647¬oc=1.
How Book of Discipline comes to be
It’s said that the two items no one wants to see being made are laws and sausages. Perhaps the United Methodist Book of Discipline, the denomination’s law book, should be added to that list. It takes almost six months — and a process defined by the rules of the General Conference — before the denomination knows exactly what happened after its big legislative assembly.
Read more at www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5259669&ct=11820383.
New Horizons e-newsletter posted
The latest Horizons stewardship e-newsletter by Clif Christopher has been posted to the e-newsletter archives at www.kansaseast.org/enewsletterarchives.
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