New Church for a New World

The New Church for a New World Webinar Series continues Wednesday, May 12 at 11:30 a.m.

Rev. Leslie Byrd, Asst. District Superintendent for the East District Area and Sr. Pastor of New World UMC in Arlington, joins Bishop Lowry and Rev. Mike Ramsdell for a time of learning and discussion on the subject of Building a Vision & Ministry Audit for your church.

Building a new church vision in this new world in which our churches are living out the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ is critical. Typically, the vision for the New Church in the New World cannot be the same vision the church had before the pandemic. A key component of building a successful vision is by doing a Ministry Audit - an objective analysis of budgets, ministries, buildings, staff and church teams.

 

Make your plans to join Rev. Mike Ramsdell, Bishop Lowry and Rev. Leslie Byrd starting at 11:30 a.m. next Wednesday, May 12, for part four of the five-part series. Bishop Lowry, Mike and Leslie will share their experiences and insigths on building a successful vision and expound on how valuable is the Ministry Audit and how having a snapshot of all you are doing and your assets/liablilites, allows your church to take the next steps into where the defined or redefined vision leads.

 

If you’ve already registered and/or participated in one of the previous three New Church for a New World Webinars, you will use the same Zoom link to participate in the April 28 event. You only need to register for the webinar series once. If you’ve previously registered but did not attend or if you never received your Zoom link, please send an email to either calvinscott@ctcumc.org or vancemorton@ctcumc.org to get your access link. If you’ve never registered for the seminar series, please click here to register.


Registration for 5-part Building a New Church for a New World Webinar Series is Now Open

A link to access the webinar will be emailed to you prior to the next scheduled session. You will need to reconfirm you name and email address before receiving your access link (Zoom protocols).
PLEASE NOTE: Attendees only need to register once for all five parts of the New Church for a New World webinar series. If you attended the March 24 session, please use the same Zoom link to access all other webinars in this series.

New Church for a New World Webinar Series Info
The upcoming five sessions are part of the larger seven-part webinar series designed to support Churches in a restart as the COVID-19 influence begins to decline. The series, which features Zoom Webinar events produced in cooperation with outside groups, other conferences and our own conference teams, reflects the conference's Forward to a New Spring initiative and our continuation of the WIG vision. In this, we hope to offer learnings from the last year as well as from many sources that will help our churches take hold of the opportunities that now exist that might not have existed a year ago, opportunities to make disciples of Jesus Christ even more effectively.
 
Each session in this five-part series will run from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., approximately every other Wednesday beginning March 24 through May 28. See below for dates and more details on each session, which will feature insights and learnings from Rev. Ramsdell, Bishop Lowry and other special guests, and will conclude with a time for small group discussion and idea sharing.

Upcoming Webinar Schedule

Building a Vision and Ministry Audit - Wednesday, May 12, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Building a new church vision in a new world is critical. Typically, it cannot be the vision the church had before the pandemic. A key for this work is doing an audit of budgets, ministries, buildings, staff and church teams. This snapshot of where a church is allows a church to take the next steps into where the defined or redefined vision leads.

 

Building Micro Churches and Small Groups - Wednesday, May 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. One of the things we discovered in this season is the critical nature of groups and the birth of Micro Churches within an existing church. This is not only critical for growing and strengthening a church, but also for effectively making disciples. How might we integrate this work in the new church start or restart? What will we all be effectively doing as this pandemic begins to fade? 


Past Webinars in the New Church for a New World Series

Building Evangelism into Your Church: Reaching People We Are Not Already Reaching - April 28
A replay of this webinar is available at ctcumc.org/building-evangelism

The future of the post-COVID-19 church is not going to be about how to best reactivate the “dropouts” – church members and regular attendees pre-COVID who have been absent during the pandemic. The future of the church going forward is in reaching new people. This has always been true, but in this new season, it is even more vital. View this replay to hear Rev. Mike Ramsdell, Rev. Louis Carr and Bishop Lowry discuss Building Evangelism in the local church, and more specifically on how to reach people we aren’t already reaching.

Building a Team & Strengthening Stewardship - April 7
A replay of this webinar is available at ctcumc.org/building-a-team-and-strengthening-stewardship

One of the things we are discovering in this COVID-19 season is how vital it is to rely on the team - pastors, staff, and laity. How do we build and rebuild a new team that can tackle the opportunities and seasons ahead? Along witht the riveting discussion around building a succesful team, Bishop Lowry, Mike and Pat also discuss some methods to help churches strengthen stewardship and giving in the local church, a crucial need in the next season.


Building a Spiritual Core - March 24
A replay of this webinar is available at ctcumc.org/building-a-spiritual-core-on-demand.

The Churches spiritual core is the foundation of the new future. In this presentation, Bishop MIke Lowry, Rev. Mike Ramsdell and special guest Rev. Joseph Nader focus on making disciples and strengthening our churches' spiritual lives.


"The Post Quarantine Church" - March 4
An On-Demand Replay of this webinar is now available at txcumc.org/thom-rainer-webinar

Thom Rainer, a former local church pastor and a premier church consultant, discusses the church's challenges and opportunities in today's new reality and include a live Q&A afterward. Where do we go from here? In this session, Thom offers invaluable tools for what is next. You can find his book, "The Post Quarantine Church," on Amazon along with other resources.

An On-Demand Replay of this webinar is now available at txcumc.org/thom-rainer-webinar


BOTH/AND - "Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences for Online & In-Person Audiences" - Feb. 11
A replay of this webinar is available through March 2021. Click here to access the replay.

In partnership with the Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors, and the Cabinet, this presentation by Midnight Oil Productions was led by Jason Moore. The two-hour workshop delved into strategies for how to create powerful transformative worship where no one feels like they are an afterthought. Registrants received a 20-page handbook pdf. (Event will be available for viewing for 90 days after the webinar, and Jason will host a Zoom with clergy within the first 30 days to answer questions, etc.). For more information, please contact Rev. Meg Witmar-Faile (megwitmar-faile@ctcumc.org)