BMCR Bay Area Meets for Retreat

October 09, 2013

More than 60 clergy and laity of the Bay Area (BA) Chapter of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) recently gathered in Walnut Creek, Calif. for a retreat. The theme for the two-day event was "New Wine in New Wineskins to Serve the Present Age." Keynote speakers for the retreat were the Rev. Dr. Cedrick Bridgeforth, National President of BMCR and a District Superintendent in the California-Pacific Conference, and the Rev. Candace Lewis, Executive Director Path 1 (new church starts) at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) in Nashville.
BMCR is the organized black caucus of The United Methodist Church. It represents and is dedicated to more than 2,400 black United Methodist congregations and approximately 400,000 African American members across the United States. The caucus represents persons in the general, jurisdictional, and annual conferences.
Other workshop presenters and plenary speakers included the Rev. Greg Berquist, Conference Superintendent for Leadership Development, the Rev. Bener Agtarap, Conference Superintendent for Congregational Vitality, the Rev. Rochelle Frazier, President of BMCR BA and pastor of Forestville UMC, and the Rev. Dale Weatherspoon, BMCR BA Secretary and pastor of Cupertino UMC. Workshops included equipping for advocacy, adaptive leadership, cross-racial/cultural appointments, best practices of highly effective churches, revitalizing current and planting new churches, and developing spiritual lay leadership. Plenary sessions focused on congregational development.