Money matters in LEAD

A new cycle of LEAD begins with Seminar I on Sept. 6-7 on the OCU campus. Topics are personal finance, church finance, and best practices for churches.

Presenters will be: Scott Davis and Monica Swink, certified public accountants; therapist and counselor Curtis Nigh; Conference Treasurer Brian Bakeman; and Phil Greenwald, chief financial officer for OKC-St. Luke’s. OCU Chaplain Rod Newman and Dianne Peters will direct worship. Rev. Peters pastors OKC-Crown Heights and chairs the Leadership Development Ministry Team for the Conference.

The program begins Thursday evening and concludes at 3 p.m. Friday in the McDaniel student center on campus.

LEAD is a three-part series for clergy.

Golf tourney supports TEEM

A charity golf tournament Sept. 27 in Edmond, at Rose Creek Golf Club, will benefit The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM).

The Oklahoma Association for Justice, an attorneys’ group, hopes to raise $20,000 for TEEM. Led by Tony Zahn, United Methodist-affiliated TEEM works to reduce homelessness and unemployment in the Oklahoma City metro.

Find details about the tournament on the TEEM website,

‘Home for Christmas’ training at Woodward

On Sept. 22, Woodward-First UMC will host a regional evangelism training day, with an emphasis on the "Home for Christmas" program.

Other workshops that day will help participants develop skills in all areas of evangelism, from hospitality through social media use. Bob Pierson of Tulsa will lead the "Home for Christmas" session.

The Woodward event is part of the "New Christians" initiative led by the evangelism task group of the Conference’s Discipleship Ministry Team.

The group hopes every church will use "Home for Christmas" for the 2012 holidays.

For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Pierson,

Mount Sequoyah event for small churches

The annual Small-Church Leadership Institute in late October will help you "Discover the Mission Field That Surrounds You."

That’s the theme for the Oct. 28-31 program at Mount Sequoyah Conference Center, Fayetteville, Ark.

Among presenters are Oklahomans Carlos Ramirez, coordinator for Hispanic/Latino Ministry; Jeremy Basset, OKVIM director; and Director of Discipleship Diana Northcutt.

Sessions will address reaching people of various ethnicities, economic levels, and ages; missions and mission trips; and more.

Register at


Book sale boosts Clergy Crisis Fund

The Clergy Used Book Sale raised $2,453.14 during the 2012 Annual Conference, reported in Off Their Rockers, the clergy retirees’ newsletter.

New! Order your 2013 calendars online

Online ordering now is open for the 2013 Conference Calendars. Cost is $8 each.

All calendar orders must be placed online. This is a change from the previous process.

Camps, special meetings, event dates, the lectionary, and colors for the Christian year are included on this calendar—a helpful tool in local church planning.

Each currently appointed clergyperson receives a free calendar. So clergy do not need to place an order, unless more than one calendar is wanted.

When ordering, you have the option to pay by credit card or by check. Mail checks to: United Methodist Ministry Center, 1501 N.W. 24th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73106, attn: Rebecca Hasty. On the memo line write: Conference Calendars.

The 2013 calendars will be available by early November. Important: Calendars will not be mailed until payment is received.

For questions on orders contact 405-530-2019,

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