'Small Groups' One Topic in GBOD's Series, Free Webinars for Congregational Leaders

February 16, 2012

A small groups ministry is one of the key drivers for vital congregations. Leaders of small groups and other settings for adult faith formation can find help in understanding characteristics of adults, and in planning effectively, through a free webinar from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD).

Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. PST: Adults are Different! Adult Experiences of Faith
Help for teachers and leaders of adult groups in understanding some of the characteristics of adults that affect their participation, and in planning more effectively for the members in their class or group. Register at www.gbod.org/adultseminars.
 
Here are the topics and dates/times for GBOD's other free webinars for church leaders, for the remainder of February and for March.
 
Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m. PST: Healthy Church Leaders – Key Factors
SPRC has a key role for health of body, mind, and soul for your pastor and leaders. GBPHB's Center for Health shares key factors for a healthy ministry environment.
 
March 1 at 4:30 p.m. PST: S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 2012
Churches are setting numerical goals on the UM Vital Congregations website. This event will help leaders use the SMART acronym to meet those goals. Includes examples and tips for specific ministry goals.
 
March 6 at 11:30 a.m. PST: Innovative Leadership Project for DSes
Help congregations in a district respond to the Call to Action by developing goals for the future through the Innovative Leadership Project. District superintendents and Conference leaders will learn about connecting congregations through this seven-month process for strengthening leaders and developing skills for successful ministry.
 
March 8 at 4:30 p.m. PST: Telling Our Mission Story – Put a Face on Your Apportionments
Many United Methodists hear the word "apportionment" and think only of a burden placed upon the local church, but they have only seen it from one side. What if they could see the countless ways lives are touched, and the how their church has made a difference by participating in our global shared ministries? Find out how you can help tell those stories!
 
March 13 at 11:30 a.m. PDT: Innovative Leadership Project for Congregations
The ILP is a seven-month process for congregations to respond to the Call to Action by developing ministry goals for the future. Pastors and congregation leaders will learn how to renew leadership by launching the process.
 
March 29 at 4:30 p.m. PDT: What Does a Lay Leader Do?
Responsibilities vary for this position! This webinar will share examples from congregations of all sizes, the Book of Discipline, and actual experiences to make this role effective in your congregation.
 
Register for any of these webinars at www.gbod.org/committee_resources.
 
Training for new church leaders is available, also. One-hour recorded modules are available for the church council, trustees, nominating committees, finance leaders, and S/PPRC. Individuals may watch at home or church groups may view the modules when they meet.
 
These modules are available at www.gbod.org/committee_resources.