Friday workshops

Friday, June 7, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted)
Indiana Convention Center Breakout Rooms

NOTE: All workshop participants must register for these workshops through the Indiana Annual Conference Session registration process available online at Registration closes May 23. Annual Conference members will register for these workshops as they register for the annual conference session. There is no additional cost to annual conference members for the workshops. Those who are not members of the annual conference session need to register as “guests,” which is a free registration, however there is a one-time $25 cost for each “guest” attending workshops which covers either Thursday and/or Friday workshops. There is limited space, so register early to ensure your participation.

“The 5 Essentials of TEAM”

The Rev. Dr. R Mark Beeson, Granger Community UMC

Five critical ingredients are key to the success of every team in your church. Mark Beeson’s workshop will give you those keys. By the time his workshop ends, participants will know exactly why people join teams, and why people leave teams. Whether your mission is to launch another campus, build a student ministry, develop a pre-school nursery or reach your city for Christ, your ability to build the team to get the job done is essential. Does your team exist to advance the Kingdom of GOD and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world? “The 5 Essentials of TEAM” will help you succeed in your mission.

“Being Transformed Through Personal Prayer”

Paula Gast

Do you want to be transformed by the amazing power of God’s love? Do you need encouragement and a new passion for God in your personal prayer life? If so, you will want to attend this exciting workshop. Paula Gast will guide participants toward a clearer understanding of how ongoing personal prayer will not only strengthen ones relationship with God, but also help to transform us more and more into the image of Christ. Our hope is that participants will leave the workshop with a desire to deepen their own prayer life, and that they will gain new insights about personal prayer that they can share with someone else.

“Changing the World through Multi-Site Ministry”

Steve Clouse, Associate Director for Church Development, Indiana Conference of the UMC

Discover the disciple-making strategy that is changing the face of ministry in the Indiana Conference. Participants will become familiar with a variety of multi-site models, hear testimony from leaders involved in this ministry and discover questions to guide their congregation’s discernment process.

“Changing the World through Social Media”

Helene Foust, Associate Director of Student Ministries, Indiana Conference of the UMC

This workshop is designed for church leaders interested in enhancing their ministry using the latest in web and social media technology.

“Changing the World TOGETHER”

The Rev. Brian Durand, Associate Director of Leadership Development, Indiana Conference of the UMC

Is there a way that different generations can understand each other, celebrate differences and be the church in the world together? Yes, yes and yes. Come to gain an understanding of generational differences and a set of questions to challenge and enlighten the conversations in your local congregation.

“Culturally Relevant Ministry in a Changing World”

Sharon Washington, Associate Director for Church Development, Indiana Conference of the UMC

Is your church struggling to understand and meet the needs of a changing world? Have you tried new programs but they just don’t seem to be culturally relevant? Does your congregation want to become more effective and fruitful in making disciples? Have you considered how well your leadership is prepared to lead in a changing world? If so, we look forward to helping you refocus on God’s mission and improve your understanding of how much the world is changing and how the church can keep up with the changes. We’ll explore resources that can help the church better prepare its leaders to get real results. Participants will wrestle with their natural tendency to avoid change because of what they think they will lose by getting out of their comfort zone.

“Equipping World Changers – Equipping Youth as Leaders”

The Rev. Glen Robyne, Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Youth – First UMC, West Lafayette and Co-Director of Wesley Foundation at Purdue University

Youth are frequently referred to as the future of our church, however we believe they possess God-given gifts and talents to serve right now. This workshop will provide tips and tools to build ministries that equip and inspire youth to embrace an active, living faith in Jesus Christ that leads to a commitment to serve God and God’s people. Invite your whole team to engage in learning and discussion together.

“Gifted for World Change”

Dr. Ben Gates, IPFW/Greater Fort Wayne Campus Minister

Tired of the traditional “spiritual gifts” workshop? Join us for a fresh, cutting-edge exploration of how God has specially gifted and equipped each of us for a service in our corner of the Kingdom. Let’s talk about how gifted individuals complement one another to create a unique community of faith on the move to change the world.

"Raising World Changers – Inspiring young hearts to serve"

The Rev. David Williamson, Pastor of Family Ministries, St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis

God has given each of us unique and important gifts to serve – including and especially children! This workshop will provide practical ways to engage kids in mission/service to use their gifts to change the world around them.