Small Groups Workshop With Bill Willits: Oct. 8 at Carson City UMC

September 01, 2011

Maybe you attended one of the Doug Anderson seminars on small groups ministry, or purchased the DVD. Maybe it's still on your "To Do" list. In either case, it's time to take your small groups training to the next level – by attending "Building a Small Groups Ministry" with Bill Willits, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at First United Methodist Church of Carson City (Nevada).

As Executive Director of Ministry Environments for North Point Ministries (the parent organization of North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, and Browns Bridge Community Church in Georgia), Bill Willits (at left) is a nationally-recognized authority on small groups ministries. Together with Andy Stanley, he co-authored Creating Community: Five Steps to Building a Small Group Culture, and is responsible for an environment in which 10,000 adults enjoy the benefits of participation in a small group.
 
At Carson City First, he will teach on:
  • The Need for Community,
  • The Goal of Community, and
  • How Existing Churches Can Build a Small Group Program,
among other topics. According to Willits, small groups are not just "a nice add-on activity": They are essential for building healthy relationships that model authentic Christian community – which is where Christ has called us to live.
 
Community doesn't just happen, though. It must be created, and it must be intentional.
 
As you might expect, humor plays a prominent role in Willits' presentations – so the learning definitely will be fun! (Watch 2 min. video in upper right, to get a sample.)
 
"Building a Small Groups Ministry" is recommended for pastors, directors of small group ministries, small group leaders and members, and other church leaders. This workshop will be invaluable to you, regardless of the philosophy of ministry you embrace.
 
Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. Session 1 starts at 9:15 a.m. and the conference ends at 4 p.m.
 
Cost is $20.
 
To pre-register, download flyer and mail attached registration form to First UMC of Carson City. Contact the church at 1umc@sbcglobal.net, 775.882.1436 (phone), or 775.882.5742 (fax) for more information.
 
Visit the church's webpage to plan your trip to the workshop using the handy Google Maps feature.