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North Central District Leadership Team

March 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 North Central District Leadership Training Event



8:00-8:30 a.m.                Registration

8:30-9:00 a.m.                Welcome/Worship

9:15-10:45 a.m.                 Session One

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     Session Two

 SESSION OPTIONS – There is no registration fee.

Session 1

  • Staff-Parish Relations Committee (Part 1)
  • “Moving from Passive to Participative Worship” – Leader: Constance Cherry
  • “I’m on the Church Council/Ad Board, now what? What about Trustees?” – Leader: David Johns
  • Finance – Leader: Don Spence
  • “How to be a Welcoming Congregation” – Leader: Missi Koenig

Session 2

  • Staff-Parish Relations Committee (Part 2)
  • “Moving from Passive to Participative Worship” – Leader: Constance Cherry
  • “I’m on the Church Council/Ad Board, now what? What about Trustees?” – Leader: David Johns
  • Finance – Leader: Don Spence
  • “How to be a Welcoming Congregation” – Leader: Missi Koenig

Please note:  Those participating in the Staff-Parish Relations Committee workshop will need to attend both sessions   (1 and 2). The workshops for Worship, Church Council/Trustees, Finance, and “How to be a Welcoming Congregation” are repeated in both sessions and those participants may select two different workshops for Session 1 and Session 2.




Staff-Parish Relations Committee

Learn about the role, responsibility and unique ministry of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.


“Moving from Passive to Participative Worship”

Leader:  Dr. Constance Cherry – Dr. Cherry is Professor of Worship and Pastoral Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University and Pastor of Grant UMC, Fairmount. Constance is an experienced worship leader, musician, and pastor, having served in local church ministry for many years. She is a published author, composer, and hymn writer. Her first book, The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services is used by many churches and as a required text at more than 150 institutions of higher education worldwide. Constance is an elder in the West Ohio Conference.


Passive worship can be a problem in worship today regardless of worship style. Learn how to move your congregation from spectators to participants. Discover why participatory worship is so important to all generations of worshipers. Explore very practical ideas for improving participation in congregations of any size and worship style


“I’m on the Church Council/Ad Board, now what? What about Trustees?”

Leader – David Johns – David is the North Central District Lay Leader and serves on the District’s Operational

Team, Leadership Team, and Lay Servant Ministry Team. He’s a member of the Conference Board of Laity and the Church Development Grant Committee. At Shiloh UMC, Kokomo, he is the Church Council chairperson and a longtime adult Sunday School teacher. He and his wife, Eileen, have four adult children. David retired from the Delphi Corporation in 2015 where he held various global management positions in Information Technology. He has a B.S.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana and a M.S. in Manufacturing Operations from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.


This class is designed for those who serve on, or chair, Church Councils or Ad Boards, or serve as Trustees. We’ll discuss the roles, responsibilities and purpose of the governing board, the responsibilities of the Trustees and how that relates to both Trustees and other church leadership, we’ll share some techniques to improve meeting effectiveness, and explore ways to insure Christ centered meetings. The class content is primarily independent of governing board structure (traditional or single board), but we’ll address any items related to this as they arise.



Leader:  Don Spence – Don has an MBA in Finance. He has been a bank CFO, the controller of several successful companies and for the last 17 years he has worked as a consultant for churches and business as owner of DLS Financial Solutions, LLC. Please join Don in discussing the financial management of your church.


The session on finance will be designed to answer all of your questions concerning managing the finances of your church. Don Spence has been both the treasurer and the finance chairman of this local church and has been training others in financial management for over 40 years. Don will cover all facets of church finances while giving participants ample time to ask their unique questions. Areas that will be covered include:


  1. Church Audits
  2. Church Budgets
  3. Reporting Church Finances to the Congregation
  4. Managing the Church’s Taxes
  5. Clergy Taxes
  6. Any other topic of interest concerning your church’s finances.


“How to be a Welcoming Congregation”

Leader – Missi Koenig – Missi has been a member of St. Mark’s UMC in Carmel for 18 years and a staff member as Welcome and Assimilation Coordinator since November of 2014. She is passionate about the ministry of hospitality and building community so that all feel the love and grace of Jesus Christ. I have been married to Aaron Koenig for 20 years and we live in Carmel, IN with our three children Anna (17), Emma (15), and Josh (10).


Being a welcoming congregation involves participation and prayer from the greeter to the pastor and everyone in between. It is truly a ministry of the entire church family. We will discuss how to welcome guests on Sundays and beyond, as well as how to build community for those who are new to your congregation.


North Central District Leadership Training Event Saturday, February 9, 2019

REGISTRATION – No registration fee.


Name _______________________________________ Phone _______________________________

Address __________________________________________________________________________________

Email address ________________________________ Home Church __________________________

Session 1 Workshop Choice _________________________________

Session 2 Workshop Choice _________________________________


Mail to:  North Central District Center, United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 1447, Marion, IN  46952 Or email to: northcentral.district@inumc.org the above information.


If you have any questions, please contact the District Center at (765) 319-3704, (877) 781-6710, northcentral.district@inumc.org.




“Creating a culture of discipleship among the pastors and congregations in the North Central District who reach their communities for Christ”



March 14, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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