Pastors and laity from small attendance churches, don't miss the chance to attend the next Small Church Leadership Institute, March 20-24, 2011 at Mount Sequoyah Conference Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Sponsored by the Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri Annual Conferences, the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas, Kansas Area of The UMC, and Connected in Christ, the Small Church Leadership Institute is dedicated to "equipping laity and pastors with the knowledge and skills to lead their small attendance church into the future."
The General Board of Discipleship "is grateful" for the institute, according to the Rev. Mary Jane Pierce Norton, GBOD Associate General Secretary, Leadership Ministries. "The learning received, the fellowship enjoyed, the inspiration shared, and the ministries affirmed make this event a worthwhile endeavor for those in ministry in small churches."
The March symposium will feature (Monday) Asa Whitaker, immediate past president of the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders, and Dr. Tim Reaves, serving the three churches of The Bladen Charge in North Carolina (which have grown in combined worship attendance from 80 to about 240 in his 14 years there); (Tuesday) Ron Crandall, whose new book, Turnaround and Beyond – A Hopeful Future for Smaller Membership Churches, captures the special challenges faced by smaller congregations and the leadership steps necessary to forge new futures; and (Thursday) Tex Sample, author and Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor Emeritus of Church and Society at St. Paul School of Theology.
On Wednesday, "Stewardship Is Not a 4-letter Word" will be taught by Andy Oden, Director of Foundation Relations for the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation; Amy Forbus, Editor of the Arkansas Methodist newspaper, will lead, "Marketing for the Small Attendance Church"; and Bishop Bruce P. Blake will speak on:
- Self Care
- How is it with your soul?
- Clergy Burnout
- Conflict Resolution
The event qualifies for 2 CEUs.
Program fee is $299 per person, which includes program cost and 12 meals.
A limited number of $100 scholarships are available – apply early.
(Note: If a pastor has four paying laity attending from his or her charge, the pastor's program fee is free!)
The Small Church Leadership Institute is limited to 150 Participants, so register now!
Late registration fees ($100 per person) apply after March 1.
(If the March 2011 dates don't work for you, mark your calendar for an upcoming Small Church Leadership Institute: November 13-17, 2011 or March 11-15, 2012.)