Below are our upcoming webinar series designed to support Churches in a restart as the COVID-19 influence begins to decline. It reflects Forward to a New Spring and our continuation of the WIG vision. In this, we hope to offer learnings from the last year and learnings 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. These webinars will include a presentation and then allow for affinity groups to meet by ZOOM to share common learnings.
- Registration along with more information for the webinar on February 11 can be found at this link https://www.ctcumc.org/both-and.
- The Post Quarantine Church webinar can be found on the Texas Conference website by going to this zoom link on March 4th https://zoom.us/j/97190832280; there is no registration.
Key Leaders: Bishop Lowry, Mike Ramsdell, District Superintendents, and guest presenters.
"Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences for Online and In-Person Audiences" - Thursday, February 11, 10:00 am – 12 noon:
In partnership with the Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors, and the Cabinet, this is a presentation by Midnight Oil Productions led by Jason Moore. This two-hour workshop will delve into strategies for how to create powerful transformative worship where no one feels like they are an afterthought. Registrants will receive a link from Midnight Oil to the webinar and a 20-page handbook pdf before the event. (Event will be available for viewing for 90 days, and Jason will host a Zoom with clergy within the first 30 days to answer questions, etc.) This presentation has been offered at Annual Conferences throughout the United Methodist Church and has been proven to be very helpful.
"The Post Quarantine Church" - Thursday, March 4, 10:00 am – 12 noon: In partnership with the Texas Conference and Thom Rainer. Thom Rainer will discuss the church's challenges and opportunities in today's new reality and include a live Q&A afterward. Where do we go from here? Thom Rainer is a premier church consultant who will offer invaluable tools for what is next. You can find his book, "The Post Quarantine Church," on Amazon along with other resources.
Building a Spiritual Core - Wednesday, March 24, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: In this presentation, we will focus on making disciples and strengthening our Churches' spiritual lives. There will be a learning time and an opportunity to break into affinity groups to learn from each other. The Churches spiritual core is the foundation of the new future.
Building a Team and Strengthening Stewardship - Wednesday, April 7, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: One of the things we are discovering in this COVID-19 season is on the team, pastors, staff, and laity? How do we build and rebuild a new team that can tackle the opportunities and seasons ahead? We also hope to add some tools to help churches strengthen stewardship and giving in the local church, a crucial need in the next season.
Building Evangelism into Your Church: Reaching People We Are Not Already Reaching - Wednesday, April 28, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: The future of the post-COVID-19 church is not reactivating dropouts; it is in reaching new people. This has always been true, but in this new season, it is even more true. How might we step more fully into this important arena? The Methodist church has always been passionate about mission; can we be equally passionate about reaching new people.
Building a Vision and Ministry Audit - Wednesday, May 12, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: 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 am -1:00 pm: 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?
Rev. Mike Ramsdell, Executive Director
Center for Evangelism, Mission & Church Growth