Registration Opens for March 14 Gathering of Clergy

February 02, 2012

Register now to attend a day of soul-satisfying worship and re-affirmation of your call to ministry, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo, California.

This day of worship and renewal for all clergy and candidates – in all orders of ministry, active and retired, appointed and not-currently-appointed – features worship and music leaders Mark Miller and Marcia McFee and is sponsored by the California-Nevada Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the Orders of Elders and Deacons, and Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.
Mark Miller, composer of many of the hymns in the new Worship & Song hymnal, will lead you through his new series of hymns, teaching you as worship leaders, how to effectively use them in your local churches.
Miller currently serves on the faculty at both the Drew Theological School and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where he teaches music and worship. He also is Director of the Gospel and Youth Choirs at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Mark is well known throughout The United Methodist Church as a worship leader, teacher, and performer of sacred music. Abingdon Press has written that he is a "rising star in the field of Protestant music."
Composing for the church is one of Mark's passions. In February 2002, Abingdon launched the Mark Miller Anthem Series, and in March 2003, Abingdon Press published his hymn collection, Amazing Abundance, Hymns for a Growing Church. Mark has composed many of the hymns in the new United Methodist Worship & Song hymnal.
Marcia McFee has been designing memorable worship for 20 years. She is the founder and leader of The Worship Workshop, and has become a trusted mentor to the Council of Bishops and the entire denomination as it moves into 21st century communication and vital ministry. In 2010, Marcia led worship at our Annual Conference Session. She now is generously taking a break from preparation for the 29 worship services she will lead at General Conference 2012, to lead us again in meaningful and inspiring worship at the Gathering of Orders event.
Local Lodging Options:
San Damiano Retreat Center has openings for a private retreat at $95 per night, with meals included. To make reservations, contact Kateri at 925.837.9141, ext. 315.
Westminster Retreat Center is available for groups of 12-30 people. Lodging is $58.50 per person. Meals may be added at an additional cost. Reservations may be made by calling 800.678.5102.
This event has been approved for .5 CEU credits in professional development.
The cost of $15 per person includes lunch.
Advance registration is required – and the deadline to register is March 7, 2012.
Register online here.
Download flyer here.
Other Opportunities:
  • Music directors, band leaders, choir members and worship leaders are invited to meet with Mark Miller on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Wesley Hall at San Ramon Valley UMC for a music leaders' event. To RSVP, contact Chuck Johnstone at or 925.447.1950, ext. 101. This event is hosted by the Tri-Valley and Walnut Creek Circuits.
  • Meet and greet your General Conference delegation at 4 p.m., March 14, immediately following the "Gathering of Clergy" day.