"Running the Race" is the theme for the South Indiana United Methodist Conference evangelism training event scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m., at four locations across South Indiana at Greenfield Bradley, Seymour First, Avon and Princeton Hillside United Methodist churches.

The daylong event will feature an opening video presentation by Bishop Mike Coyner about four ways to engage in evangelism plus hour-long workshops on:

  • Who is my neighbor?

  • What makes us friendly?

  • How do you move from the crowd to your community? and

  • How do you start a new faith group?

The event's organizers, headed by the Rev. Paula Mayberry of Lawrence UMC, ask congregations to bring a group from their congregation "to more effectively run the race to reach people for Jesus Christ." The event is sponsored by the South Indiana Conference Board of Church Growth and Evangelism.

Registration fees are: $15 for one person, $12 for each person up to four people with every fifth person free. The fee includes lunch. A registration form is available online by logging on to www.sicumc.org, click on "Events" and go to "Running the Race Evangelism Event" for a brochure with registration form.

For more information and registration, contact Misty Boswell at the South Indiana Conference Center, 1520 S. Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403-5167 or call toll-free 800-919-8160 or 812-336-0186 ext. 222.