As we read Acts 2:17, we can see God's plan for the Family of God: “In the last days, God Says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your Sons and Daughters will prophesy. Your young will see visions. Your elders will dream dreams.” May is Older Adult Month, in The United Methodist Church. It is a time to celebrate the gifts of God. Plan now to hold an Older Adult Ministries Sunday in May, to show appreciation and support for older adults who continue to strengthen the church. To learn more about Older Adult Ministries, click here.
A list of Older Adult Ministries ideas can be found here.
The Indiana Conference First Monday training program, with the Rev. Dr. P.T. Wilson, senior pastor of Gobin Memorial UMC in Greencastle, is an opportunity for people to both grow in knowledge and train towards recognition in the area of pastoral care and counseling. Usually held on the First Monday of each month, mornings will be a theory seminar and afternoons will be both a consultation and supervision opportunity (the afternoons will be recorded). Topics to be included are brief-term, supportive counseling methods, crisis intervention, grief and loss, divorce recovery, pastoral diagnosis, referral and the application of pastoral care principals in the broader functions of ministry. Any pastor or lay person in the Indiana Conference is welcomed to participate in this experience. Participants who are not United Methodists from Indiana are welcomed but will be required to register at a higher fee. The First Monday Program begins, Monday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s UMC, 100 N. Hwy. 46 Bypass in Bloomington, Ind. Dates and topics this time include:
For more information or to register, contact Dr. Wilson at 765-655-1545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Dr. Frank Beard, senior pastor of Castleton United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, will be featured in a ‘Rediscovering the Power of Prayer and Evangelism’ Seminar (including full breakfast), Saturday, May 18 from 8 to 11:45 a.m. at the Ligonier UMC, 466 Townline Road in Ligonier, Ind. The seminar will include: How to transform your personal and church prayer life into a saturated house of prayer, Making Jesus your model for prayer, Practical tips and tools for deepening your prayer life and Prayer evangelism and the power of the Holy Spirit. Beard is a gifted speaker and in frequent demand as a revival preacher, retreat director and as a workshop leader. Early registration fee $10 per person if paid by April 21 and $15 per person after April 21. For more information and registration, contact Debbie Laird at 260-894-7793 or email@example.com.
Thursday, May 9 form 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Indianapolis
Writing is a task all pastors and laity in ministry do constantly from sermons to letters to newsletter articles. But as a church professional, pastors may have had a yearning for something bigger - like publications. Love to....but.
The Rev. Todd Outcalt, senior pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg, felt the same way until he took the plunge more than 20 published books and countless commentaries ago. You may have read his writing in the Hoosier United Methodist Together conference newspaper or in a local newspaper.
Outcalt invites pastors and other church leaders to a writer's seminar, called "Writing for a Purpose," especially for those pastors and laity in ministry who first want to become better writers. He also will discuss the ins-and-outs of publishing. He will be hosted by Together. He invites each participant to bring a work-in-progress for review, feedback and discussion. Come join Outcalt's six-hour, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., one-day seminar including lunch, at the Indiana United Methodist Conference Center, 301 Pennsylvania Parkway, First Floor Conference Room, Indianapolis (actually in Carmel).
The cost of the event is $20 per person and includes lunch, snacks and six hours with an experienced published writer. Payment can be made online by credit card through PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account) or check made out to INUMC and mailed to: Indiana Conference Center; Attn: Lisa Timmerman; 301 Pennsylvania Parkway, #300; Indianapolis IN 46280.
For more information or questions about the event contact Todd Outcalt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop Mike Coyner and Dr. Doug Anderson will lead the Making a Good Move seminar for all clergy moving to new appointments this year. The seminar is scheduled to begin Friday, May 17 at 2 p.m. (ET), running into the evening for clergy and their spouses, if spouses are available to attend. Spouses may arrive at 3 p.m. (ET). Dinner will be included on Friday evening.
The seminar will continue on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (ET) for clergy and representatives from the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee of the new appointment church. Lunch is not included on Saturday. The seminar will be held at Plainfield United Methodist Church, 600 Simmons Street in Plainfield, just west of the Indianapolis International Airport, south of US 40.
The purpose of this seminar is to help clergy, spouses and the PPRC begin their new appointments and get off to a good start. Topics of the seminar include:
There is no charge for this seminar. However, reservations need to be made for all attending. The pastor that is moving needs to register the entire group that will be participating in the seminar.
The Third Annual IndyCar Ministry Indianapolis 500 Breakfast will be presented by Companies With A Mission (CWAM) in the Pavilion near the famous Pagoda on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, May 25 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Former TV sports commentator Jack Arute will MC the event, which will feature 2013 Indy car drivers, teams and owners. It will include the presentation of the “Lone Star Johnny Rutherford Award,” personal interviews and stories, media presentations, appearances by former racers and stars and special limited addition souvenir for all attendees. Ticket reservations available at www.indycarministry.com.
INDIANAPOLIS – Young clergy and seminarians are invited to gather for lunch Friday, May 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us at Rock Bottom Restaurant, 10 West Washington Street for a time to connect with other young clergy. For more information, contact Jared Kendall at email@example.com.