Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Re-ignite your spirit and skills


Aly Shahan coordinates the workshop planning.

Resolve this new year to enrich your spiritual life and engage in new ways as a leader in your church. Attend a Re-Ignite workshop to help you achieve these goals.

The 11 regional events, during January and February, are designed for all members of the Oklahoma UM family—both laity and clergy, not only church officers, and not only adults.

Almost every event offers classes, rallies, and games for your church's youth members, explained Aly Shahan, Re-Ignite coordinator.

Brochures and registration forms are online at www.okumc.org/reignite.  Also, printed materials mailed to each church can be copied for bulletin inserts, etc.

A few selections from workshops are highlighted here.

  • Ardmore District

Ada-First UMC, Saturday, Jan. 26

"Clergy Talk"—Clergy and spouses are invited to spend time in conversation with Bishop Robert Hayes.

  • Bartlesville District

Claremore-First UMC, Sunday, Feb. 10

"Calling All Youth!" The District Youth Council is offering action sessions, with a mission opportunity, group sharing about Christ in everyday life, learning about the UM Social Principles, and worship with the district youth band.

"End of Life Issues in Pastoral Care," for adults.

  • Clinton District

Elk City UMC, Saturday, Jan. 12

For youths: "Drum Talk" and "The Purpose of a DYC in the OKUMC. Wait…What is a DYC?"

For children: "Faithquake!" Wacky science and more.

For adults: "Why Can’t We Just Get Along?"

  • Enid District

Enid-First UMC, Sunday, Jan. 27

"From the First Visit to Commitment"—The first time someone comes to your church, it’s like a first date. Get practical techniques on how to welcome and move visitors from that first date into your church family.

  • Lawton District

Duncan-First UMC, Sunday, Jan. 27

"Bullying" is the youth session topic.

"Making Church History"—Writing that history, preserving records, conducting oral histories, and special celebrations (such as Heritage Sunday and centennial programs).

  • McAlester District

McAlester-First UMC, Saturday, Jan. 19

Youth: "How to Read the Bible for the Tough Stuff."

Adults: "Generations and the Church: Understanding How Each Connects Differently to the Body of Christ"

  • Muskogee District

Muskogee-St. Paul UMC, Sunday, Jan. 20

Youth rally. "Seasoned with Salt, Consumed by Fire" and "Finding Your Place in God’s Story and Thriving in It."

Elementary-age: experiencing Scripture through art and assembling Compassion Kits for the Muskogee Food Pantry.

Adults: "Surviving Summer"—What works when attendance drops?

  • North and South OKC Districts

OKC-St. Luke’s, Saturday, Jan. 26

"What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty," based on the book by that name.

  • Stillwater District

Stillwater-First UMC, Sunday, Feb. 24

"Musical Ministry Mystery Madness"—Round-robin celebration of innovative ministries in the district.

For youths: "Bullying/Peer Pressure," and "The Right Way to use Technology/Internet," plus time with Bishop Hayes.

  • Tulsa District

Tulsa-Boston Avenue UMC, Saturday, Feb. 9

Youth Session 1: "Mission Possible." Session 2: hands-on mission.

Adult class—"Happy Children’s Home of China," an update on this district mission project.

  • Woodward District

Woodward-First UMC, Saturday, Jan. 12

"What the Bible REALLY Says About Women in Ministry," led by Gary Holdeman.


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