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Christian Educators Fellowship National Conference: May the Circle Be Unbroken

10/17/2014 to 10/20/2014
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
2025 Rosa Parks Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee  37228
Andrew Schleicher
Phone: 615-749-6870


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Curriculum Matters (March 2014 ITeach)

Our Methodist heritage compels us to provide for the formational needs of our children, which is best accomplished with mentors, teachers, and guides who are equipped to serve in ministry with children.


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Starting Small Groups

Participants in this webinar  explored the varying purposes, audiences, and formats for small groups. Ideas for starting and leading small groups are included.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Webinar Archive
Duration: 1 hour, 11 minutes
Presenter: Carol Krau
Contact for Information: Carol Krau,


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Deepening Your Spiritual Life in the New Year

Teachers can spend a lot of time preparing to teach. There are many things to do in order to be prepared: reading through curriculum, selecting appropriate learning activities, gathering supplies and equipment, practicing telling the story, and arranging the classroom. Depending on what is going on in the lives of group members, teachers may also be involved in telephoning, emailing, preparing food, babysitting, or—well, you get the idea.


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Using Approved United Methodist Curriculum

The United Methodist Church has a process for approving curriculum for use with Sunday school classes and small groups. Material is identified for each age level. That material is recommended by the Curriculum Resources Committee and approved by the board members of the General Board of Discipleship.  


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What Every Teacher Needs to Know: Orientation for New and Returning Teachers

This workshop model was created by the Christian education staff specialists of the General Board of Discipleship. At the end of this approximately 2 1⁄2-hour session, teachers will have Received information on teaching in the congregation Explored reasons for teaching Learned ways to increase effectiveness Assessed their own knowledge in the areas covered in the What Every Teacher Needs to Know leaflets Gained information and knowledge in at least two areas covered in the leaflets  


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Intentional Faith Development: Establishing Standards for Christian Formation and Discipleship

The  purpose of this document is to help congregations as they develop standards as part of a comprehensive plan to invite people and communities to know and experience God through Jesus Christ, to claim and live God’s promises, and to grow and serve as Christian disciples. 


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Pathways to Congregational Vitality:  Equipping Teachers and Small-Group Leaders

Number 4 in the series, “Pathways to Congregational Vitality.”  Clear expectations and standards are crucial for teachers and leaders, but we also need a foundation in place that supports those standards.  


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Pathways to Congregational Vitality: Christian Education and Formation Ministry

Vital congregations engage in a ministry of Christian education and formation through small groups and classes. The pastor and key laity are crucial leaders, equippers, and advocates. Establishing measures helps to evaluate this ministry and keep it strong. This is the second article in the series, "Pathways to Congregational Vitality."  


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Pathways to Congregational Vitality: Introduction

Vital congregations engage in a holistic ministry that brings together the "pillars" -- Christian education and formation, evangelism, stewardship, and worship -- to serve each other in the whole process of disciple-making. This is the first article in the series, "Pathways to Congregational Vitality."  


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April 24, 2014
SPRC: Your Role When the Pastor Changes

Nearly one-third of all United Methodist congregations change pastors each year, but it may have been a while since YOUR congregation changed pastors. This training for Staff Parish Committees and other laity will offer tips and remind you of your responsibilities in this process.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Betsey Heavner
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