Thousands connect to grow the Body
Final attendance tally from the Local Church Leader’s Workshops: 2,633 participants at 10 events across Oklahoma.
The March 26 event in Stillwater District, with 175 in attendance, concluded the annual training series. Severe weather forced one district—Ardmore—to cancel this year.
These training events answer the call to "Recruit, assess, equip, and send spiritual leaders," one of the three primary goals of the Conference’s Strategic Plan.
Aly Shahan, Conference coordinator of the workshops, reported the classes with the most attendance: Judaism, Christianity, Islam—and Peace, taught by John Starkey; Servant Leadership, led by members of the Board of Laity; and What Every Member Should Know About Poverty, by George Warren.
"This shows the people of our Conference are yearning to serve and to be in ministry outside the four walls of the church building," Shahan said.
Ranking second in attendance were: Prayer and Your Personality; Who, Me, Evangelism?; Spiritual Practices from the Celtic Christians; Passionate Evangelism; and Coping with Conflict in Community.
Shahan said, "I believe this confirms the leaders of our local churches are searching for ways to strengthen and renew their spiritual lives, both personally and corporately."
Other opportunities to grow as Christian leaders occur throughout the year. Below are two of the events this month.
"Staffing and Supervision for Multi-Staff Congregations." April 26 at Canyon Camp. Leader is Susan Beaumont of the Alban Institute. Each participant receives the book "When Moses Meets Aaron," by Gil Rendle and Beaumont. Sponsored by the Discipleship Ministry Team. Contact Diana Northcutt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEAD III seminar for clergy. April 29-30 at OCU's Smith Chapel. Sessions: Accountability and motivation, by Barbara Crandall; Continuing education, David Wiggs; Time management, Matt Judkins; Importance of strategic planning, Craig Stinson; and Leading your leaders (staff and volunteers), Bob Spinks. Sign up at www.okumc.org/registrations/register/47.