Next LEAD seminar: Feb. 18

Feb. 18-19 are the dates for the second seminar of the clergy LEAD series.

"Stewardship" and "Leading the Laity" are the topics for the program, to be held at the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University.

All clergy are welcome, and meals are included. Attendance at the previous event is not a prerequisite.

On Friday evening, presenter will be Michael Reeves, pastor of Financial Discipleship, University UMC, San Antonio, Texas.

Speaking Saturday will be David Carmichael, retired dean of the Meinders School, and David Bennett, senior pastor of Kirkwood (Mo.) UMC. Joining Bob Spinks of OCU in a panel discussion will be Oklahoma pastors Cindy Havlik, Bob Long, Victor McCullough, and David Wilson.

It is important to note that several deadlines apply in the registration process. Sign up online at:  Also, brochures will be mailed soon to all clergy.

Questions? Contact Jan Polson, 405-530-2064,

More than 60 clergy attended the first LEAD seminar, last fall.

Conference calendars corrected

Check your copy of the 2011 Oklahoma Conference programming calendar. If you find pages out of order or months missing, you can receive a free replacement copy. Contact Barbara Venable in the Conference office to request a corrected version:,  405-530-2019.



Sias to receive OCU award

The Societies of Oklahoma City University will honor Jeannette Sias, a member of OKC-Nichols Hills church, during the annual Awards of Excellence dinner Feb. 26 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. She will receive the OCU Distinguished Philanthropist Society Award.

Her volunteer activities include serving as president of the Landmen’s Wives Association and the Ladies Music Club, volunteering at the Oklahoma City Speech and Hearing Clinic, and participating in Oklahoma City Arabian Horse Shows. She taught pre-school children in Sunday school at Nichols Hills UMC for almost 40 years. Sias owns Joullian Vineyards, and she taught speech therapy in Oklahoma City schools.


Licensing school dates set

The dates are June 20-July 1 for the 2011 Local Pastors Licensing School. Pastor John Breon of Eufaula is dean for the annual training, held at Oklahoma City University.

Learn about church property issues

Now available for viewing online are all of the webinars on church property issues that were presented in 2010 by United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust (PACT).

Some of the topics are listed here.

  • Affordable IT Security for Local Churches

  • CyberSafety for Families

  • Emergency Preparedness for Your Church

  • Ministry Protection Tips for Your Church’s Summer Activities

  • VBS and Safe Sanctuaries Online Training



T.E.A.M. is for laity

Enrollment has begun for T.E.A.M. 2011, a laity leadership opportunity sponsored by the Board of Laity and Leadership Development Ministry Team.

Each district is encouraged to identify two laypersons to attend this program. During the year, T.E.A.M. members will attend four overnight sessions. They will grow in their discipleship and become better equipped to be servant leaders within and beyond their churches.

Leon Wilson of Purcell attended the program in 2010, its debut year. He said he benefitted greatly and wrote, "T.E.A.M. 2011 may be that next step for you as a Christian, as this year’s class has been for me."

The schedule is: March 4-6, Cross Point Camp; May 30-31 and Sept. 9-10, Oklahoma City; and Nov. 18-19, Camp Egan.

For more information, contact Judy Benson, Conference lay leader,

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