Equipping the Church for a Changing World -- Office of Mission event spans globe Nov. 14-15


Mission and service: two crucial components in the DNA of United Methodism.

Sign up for a major learning event, packed with workshops and speakers, to further your church’s engagement in these areas.

The Conference’s Office of Mission will host the program on Nov. 14 and 15, Friday evening and Saturday, at UM Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City.

A variety of workshops will provide you many ideas to reach out beyond your church.

Understanding Poverty Through a Lens of Faith. How can we be sure that our missional responses to need are appropriate and effective?

Generation Transformation. What inspires young adults inside and outside of the church?

Intercultural Development. Who lives in your community but is not represented in your congregation?

• The Kingswood Institute for the Study and Practice of Christian Mission

• "Fun With Duct Tape and Other Meaningful Strategies To Keep Young People from Doing Drugs"

• "Before the Next Disaster"

• "Global Health: The Church’s Response"

• "Making Global Missionaries a Part of the Local Church"

• A recertification class for Volunteers In Mission leaders will be held during the afternoon Nov. 14, at the church.

The presenters’ knowledge also is extensive.

Keynote speaker will be Denise Honeycutt, new deputy general secretary of UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). Cherian Thomas is an international consultant on community health care. Missionary Willie Berman coordinates the Methodist Border Mission Network, based in Reynosa, Mexico. Audrey Phelps is VIM director for the eight-state UM South Central Jurisdiction. Richard Norman is president of Oklahoma VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).

Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. will be guest preacher.

"This is a perfect complement to the New People, New Places initiative," said Jeremy Basset, who directs the Office of Mission. "Participants will leave equipped to help their congregations minister in new ways. Bring several people from your church if you want to cover all the workshops."

Rev. Basset said the education provided at this event also will help fill a training gap in Oklahoma. The annual Re-Ignite Workshops will not be held in early 2015, because the work of transitioning to new districts by June 1 is engaging the time of many leaders.

Sign up at: https://okumc-reg.brtapp.com/Equipping. Registration is $40 per person, and there is a discounted group rate.


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