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Media: What’s Trending in Elementary School

Media is such a general word, and most of the time we focus on media exposure of young children or media use by teenagers. What about elementary children who are too young for most social media, but savvy enough to navigate any electronic they can hold in their hands? Join me as I welcome Sophia Agtarap, Online Minister at UM Communications, to discuss how we can extend community for children through healthy media use.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Starting time: 12:00 pm, Central Daylight Time, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Sophia Agtarap, UMCom; Melanie Gordon, GBOD

 

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Safe Sanctuaries for Camps and Retreats – Part One

This is the first of a very important two part series on implementing Safe Sanctuaries abuse prevention policies and procedures within camp and retreat experiences and settings. This training is for local church leaders who do camps and retreats as well as leaders serving at Camp and Retreat Centers. Providing a safe environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults who participate along with the training of leaders who provide the camps and retreats is a fundamental act of love. This initial webinar highlights key aspects of screening, selection, and preparation in abuse prevention for leaders who provide camp and retreat experiences. A second webinar will be upcoming that covers specific content areas for developing abuse prevention policies and procedures.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Melanie Gordon, Kevin Witt

 

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Pastors: Making a Good Move

Designed for pastors who are moving to a new appointment, this event will include ways to say good-bye in the current congregation and say hello to a new place and new people. Tips and advice from several sources for this change that impacts your well-being, your family and friends.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Betsey Heavner

 

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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
For more information, Betsey Heavner, bheavner@gbod.org

 

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Claiming a Missionary Mindset!

What does it take to be a missionary in your own community? The Rev. Amy Shanholtzer suggests ways for family churches to build new relationships with not-yet-churched people. Amy serves in West Virginia where nearly 75% of churches have 50 or fewer in worship.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Betsey Heavner, Amy Shanholtzer
For more information: Betsey Heavner, bheavner@gbod.org

 

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Children’s Ministry: Choosing Curriculum

This interactive webinar will focus on some of the important aspects to consider when selecting curriculum, including the theological perspective, the teaching perspective, and the needs of the students. Participants will examine a variety of curriculums and identify the perspectives of each as well as consider resources and costs associated with curriculum decisions.

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 10:00 am, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Melanie Gordon, Leigh Meekins

 

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Change Requires Something of Us!

"Do not say 'Why were the former days better than these?' For it is not wisdom that you ask this" (Eccl 7:10). The Rev. Diana Northcutt, Oklahoma director of discipleship ministries for small-membership churches, urges us to sharpen "wisdom" and look to the future. Diana says we must address change to move our churches from physical death to resurrection.

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour Presenters: Betsey Heavner, Diana Northcutt
For more information: Betsey Heavner, bheavner@gbod.org

 

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Pastors Read: #digitalvertigo, Andrew Keen

#digitalvertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us by Andrew Keen

This incisive and critical look at social media and its creators is an excellent book that challenges the reader to think about the implications of our digital life.

Session date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Starting time:10:00 am, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Dawn Chesser, Craig Miller

The Pastors Read series offers discussion among audience members, as well as perspective from the Rev. Craig Miller and the Rev. Dawn Chesser regarding some of the current best sellers.

 

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Developing Your Ministry Plan 4: Worship, Small Groups, and the Next 12 Months

Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Craig Kennet Miller, Director of Pastoral Leadership at GBOD

Building on the previous three sessions, your team will be guided in a process to identify key steps for your congregational development. The focus will be on small groups and worship as well as thinking about putting your ideas into action.

 

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Children’s Minstry:  Weekday Preschool Guidelines

The purpose of the Guidelines in Weekday Preschool Ministry Programs in United Methodist Congregations is to connect and support Early Childhood programs within The United Methodist Church and to maintain high educational and ethical standards that are consistent across United Methodist Weekday Preschool Ministry Programs. As a denomination, we believe that churches should follow some process of self-study for their childcare programs on a regular basis. This webinar will take participants through the guidelines and looks at ways to ensure quality education in a caring Christian environment.

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014
Time: 10:00 am, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Melanie Gordon, Lynne Paredes, Gayle Callis

 

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April 22, 2014
Pastors: Making a Good Move

Designed for pastors who are moving to a new appointment, this event will include ways to say good-bye in the current congregation and say hello to a new place and new people. Tips and advice from several sources for this change that impacts your well-being, your family and friends.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Betsey Heavner


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