August 17-19: The Five-Day Academy of Spiriutal Formation - Songs for The Journey at the Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond, VA. CLICK HERE for more information.
August 5-6: Virginia Conference Lay Servant Academy. This will be a hybrid event. More information will be available soon at: vaumc.org/laity-district-and-conference-training/
August 25 and October 27: Bi-District Website Development Training. The Roanoke and Staunton Districts have made arrangements with Kim Johnson, Communications Coordinator of the Northern Virginia Bi-District Office, to bring virtual training sessions to help our local churches establish social media and websites as well as improve the function and impact of their existing platforms. These sessions for clergy, church staff, and laity require registration and are free of charge. CLICK HERE to register for one for more of these sessions
Beginning January 1, 2022: Bible Challenge. Join Bishop Lewis and the Virginia Conference in this year's read of the Bible. Find all the information about this year's plan HERE.
Expanding the Table, a new video podcast series from the General Commission on Religion and Race will debut on June 1, 2021. Series guests will focus on how individual Christians and church-based entities can and should engage the work of racial justice-making and anti-racism. CLICK HERE for more about the series.
Cultivating the Craft of Asking was held on September 21, 2021: Rev. Ken Sloane, Stewardship & Generosity, welcomed his guest, Bonnie Marden, Founder and President of MYTE Ministries, consulting with church leaders on growing generosity in local churches. Bonnie has pioneered a successful teaching curriculum titled "Cultivating the Craft of Asking" which has increased confidence in church leaders to "boldly ask" for financial gifts to empower their church's ministry. CLICK HERE for a recording and handouts.
Racial Reconciliation and Justice Ted Talks: this workgroup has compiled a list of Ted Talks that are now available on the Virginia Conference website. They explore everything from implicit bias, to cancel culture, to a humorous look at deconstruction racism. CLICK HERE to view the Ted Talks.
UMC Training Center offers online training opportunities that include instruction on website creation, worship, digital media, welcoming ministry, communication, and more. CLICK HERE to view the many training resources available.
Virginia Roots, Race and Discipleship Race Relations curriculum is a first step to address racism in the UMC Virginia Annual Conference. This is a video series to engage clergy and laity in authentic conversations about reach and reconciliation. Fellowships across the Commonwealth are also using a Virginia Conference video and curriculum series on Race Relations to explore the injustices of systemic, institutional racism available HERE.
See All the People: Discipleship Ministries Teaching Series: This free, three-part video teaching series is designed to communicate the basic principles of discipleship and the See All the People movement. CLICK HERE for more. More about other Discipleship video training opportunities can be found HERE.
Reservoirs of Resilience Podcast: Texas Methodist Foundation in partnership with United Methodist Development Fund is launching a podcast with a series approach to invite church leaders into deeper conversations around innovation, courage, and resilience. The first series, Reservoirs of Resilience, features captivating leaders such as Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains. CLICK HERE for more.
Lay Servant and Lay Speaker training are available online, on-demand. For more information CLICK HERE.