Thursday Workshops

Thursday, June 6, 9:30 to 11 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.

“Cost Stewardship … it’s about leveraging dollars and sense to fund ministries”

Monte Chamberlin, Founder and owner of Cost Stewardship

Did you get the 25 percent federal tax refund ($3,200) for the $12,800 of UM health care premiums paid on behalf of your pastor? Did your church pay sales, use or excise tax on gasoline, phone, natural gas, water and copier leases and ministries or absorbing ministry dollars? Do you pay correct and fair rates for your energy, mortgage interest, imaging equipment leases, phones, Internet, payroll and office supplies? Hundred of our UM churches are now the backbone of this initiative so please join our workshop to understand why they participate and what new opportunities are coming. Visit Cost Stewardship at for more information or call Monte at 317-409-2984.

“Decision Makers Seminar” to discuss issues coming to Annual Conference Session

Conference Directors

Issues coming before the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session requiring a vote of conference members will be discussed. A short five-to-ten minute description of each issue coming to the floor of the annual conference session will be given, then the presenter will be open to receive questions about that particular issue.

“Faith and Creation Care”

The Rev. Taylor Burton Edwards and John Hill

What leads United Methodists to care passionately about being good stewards of God’s creation? And how can that passion be directed toward effective action? Come hear a story of “continuing conversion” to Creation Care from Taylor Burton-Edwards, Director of Worship Resources at GBOD and member of the Indiana Conference, and learn more about how to get involved and how the United Methodist church is involved from John Hill, Director of Economic and Environmental Justice with the General Board of Church and Society.

“Fraud and Identity Theft – Consumer Protection Outreach”

Michelle Mayer, Director of Outreach Services, Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Don’t Be a Victim: Protect Yourself from Scams and Identity Theft

Learn more about:

  • The latest scams,
  • Techniques and deceptive practices used by fraudsters on the phone, through the mail and on the computer,
  • The importance of protecting your personal information, including your social security number,
  • How to check your credit and how to report anything fraudulent on it, and
  • How to freeze your credit.

“INUMC Festival of Young Preachers” (9 a.m. to noon)

The INUMC Festival of Young Preachers will showcase and encourage young people (14 to 28 years old) who aspire to be preachers of the Gospel. Annual Conference attendees are invited to attend the Thursday morning sessions to celebrate, be inspired and encourage these young preachers as they deliver their sermons. The celebration will continue with the Eat, Preach and Praise Dinner on Thursday which will highlight young voices in ministry through music and spoken word. If you are or you know of a young person between the ages of 14 and 28 years who would like to preach at the Festival, visit for more information.

“Living Sermon Illustrations: Drama as part of the message”

Jewel Abram-Copenhaver and Mark Abram-Copenhaver, Associate Professor of Theatre, St. Mary’s College

The workshop will focus on the ways in which drama can be used as part of a sermon. We will cover the process of developing dramatic sketches that are custom designed to be used by the pastor as an integral part of the message. We will discuss the concept, writing, rehearsing and presentation of these dramatic sketches. Then we will take some time to look at some examples of suck sketches in use and try making some ourselves. No previous acting experience required!

“New Annual Conference Member Orientation”

Conference Lay Leaders and Associate Lay Leaders

There will be an orientation for first-time Annual Conference members both lay and clergy. Please plan to come if this is your first time at Annual Conference or if you just need to be refreshed.

“Stamp Out Stigma Seminar on HIV/AIDS”

The Rev. Lisa Marchal, Old Bethel UMC and Global Grassroots Associate, RESULTS

30 years after the pandemic hit the United States, people in all walks of life – churches included – are still grappling with how to engage with those affected by the epidemic in faithful ways. Be part of this newly piloted seminar, borne out of the Mission and Advocacy Team of the Indiana Conference, and learn more about how to talk about the stigma of AIDS that can be such a powerful barrier to effective ministry with those affected by this disease. This seminar will explore the AIDS pandemic, the stigma that still exits around the disease, and resources you can use in the your own ministry settings to help you facilitate dialogue and understanding as you seek to ministry to the community.