To assist both United Methodist laity and clergy in sharing their faith stories with others, the lay leaders of both the Indiana North and Indiana South conferences are sponsoring an Indiana Area convocation to be held in Indianapolis.

Kayc Mykrantz, lay leader of the North Indiana Conference, and Ike Williams, lay leader of the South Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, invite both laity and clergy to a unique LEAP Year Event - Let's Establish A Priority to Tell Our Story - the weekend of Feb. 29-March 1 at United Methodist-related University of Indianapolis.

They will be joined by Dr. Eddie Fox of The World Methodist Council and nationally known North Indiana Conference Evangelist, the Rev. Kimberly Reisman in a two-day event leading participants to become confident in sharing their faith through personal stories.

LEAP will run from opening workshop at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, through closing worship at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at Ransburg Auditorium in Esch Hall. Registration will open at 5 p.m.

Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner will lead opening worship followed by a presentation by Fox.

The Christ United Methodist Church Choir of Franklin will provide special music for the evening.

Cost is $50 per person including materials and Saturday lunch. A brochure including a registration form is available online at www.inareaumc.org. Printed brochures will be mailed to lay leadership across the state in January. A registration form also is provided with this story.

Leaders of the LEAP event Feb. 29-March 1

Kimberly Reisman

The Rev. Kimberly D. Reisman serves as the North Indiana Conference Evangelist of The United Methodist Church and executive director of Next Step Evangelism Ministries, where her focus is empowering others to take the next step of faith on their spiritual journey. Reisman provides faith shaping ministries through her writing and in the context of retreats, seminars, workshops and revivals both nationally and internationally. She is a native of Gulfport, Miss., and had lived in California, Tennessee, Georgia and Connecticut before moving to Indiana in 1993 with her husband, John and three children.

Eddie Fox

The Rev. Dr. H. Eddie Fox is the World Director of Evangelism of The World Methodist Council. He is responsible for leading 16 Regional Secretaries of World Evangelism in developing indigenous evangelism on every continent. The World Methodist Council, an association of churches belonging to the Methodist-Wesleyan tradition and representing more than 76 million constituents in 138 countries, through its Division of World Evangelism is challenging member congregations to Offer Christ Today. As the World Director, Fox preaches World Evangelism missions, develops holistic models of evangelism ministry of word, deed and sign, teaches, and encourages lay and clergy to be about the ministry of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.