Circuit Hosts Church of the Resurrection Mini-Institutes in June and August

March 29, 2012

Developing congregations with a heart for the unchurched

By Joan Pell
Pastor, Cornerstone UMC, Rocklin, CA
"On the Rise" circuit, Great Northern Circuit #1 in the Foothills, invites you to receive some encouragement, insight, and concrete strategies – as we all seek to increase our vitality around the vital congregation goals that we are setting. Following up on Adam Hamilton's presentations at Annual Conference 2011, we are hosting two Church of the Resurrection mini-institutes this year: "Leading Beyond the Walls" and "Catch."
We would like to thank the Great Northern District for its generous support, through a grant from the District 2% Fund.
You are invited send a team to attend one or both of the events. Please note that teams must include the pastor and at least two lay people.
Leading Beyond the Walls
June 8-9, 2012
Friday 6:30-9 p.m. (registration from 5:30 p.m.)
Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Venue: Loomis First UMC, 6414 Brace Road, Loomis, CA 95650
Cost: $35 per person; includes Saturday lunch and snacks
Registration: April 9 to June 1
This workshop will explore effective leadership principles for developing congregations that are outward centered, in a culture to which Christianity is foreign. It will cover purpose, vision, outreach, evangelism, worship, and congregational care – to inspire congregations to reach out in meaningful terms and modes of worship, while steadily building continuities with the Bible and tradition. There will be plenty of practical ideas that can be translated for use in your own ministry setting.  
For those traveling a distance, Friday night accommodation with Saturday breakfast will be available in circuit members' homes, by request.
CEUs pending approval: 1 in Disciple Making or Professional Competency.
CATCH: Invitational Evangelism
August 18, 2012
Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Venue: Loomis First UMC, 6414 Brace Road, Loomis, CA 95650
Cost: $25 per person; includes Saturday lunch and snacks
Registration: June 9 to August 10
This workshop will offer a comprehensive plan for implementing the proven marketing and visitor follow-up techniques form Church of the Resurrection. You'll learn how to attract visitors to your church, help them to connect to your faith community, and how to help them find the pace to know, love, and serve God. Use what you learn as you kick off your fall events and plan for Christmas.
Although it is not strictly necessary to attend "Leading Beyond the Walls" before attending the "Catch: Invitational Evangelism" workshop, you will get more from this event if you have attended the first.
CEUs pending approval: 0.5 in Disciple Making or Professional Competency.
Online registration for both workshops will be available at Watch the Instant Connection for the announcement of opening of registration.
For more information, contact the Rev. Dave Bunje, circuit leader, at, or the Rev. Maggie McNaught, pastor of First UMC of Loomis, at