Date

February 2, 2019

Location

Holman UMC (Los Angeles, CA)

Who's Invited?

Current and Emerging Leaders

Our Speakers

Experienced Practitioners

ABOUT THE EVENT / a time to be refreshed and renewed

Hosted at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, California, the West District Training Conference is for both current and emerging leaders within local UMC churches. This day of practical ministry training includes a time of praise and worship as well as numerous workshops led by leaders throughout the West District and California-Pacific Conference. Come expecting to meet new friends and connect with people across our district! (Childcare is available only for those who pre-register online.)

Please bring canned goods for the Wesley Foundation’s 580 Cafe, Lakewood First UMC’s Broken Loaf, and St. Paul’s UMC’s Project: Needs.

All attendees MUST register online by January 23rd. Registration will NOT be available at the conference, but pre-registrations can be paid on-site the morning of the conference.

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Conference Schedule

8:00am – Registration

8:45am – Morning Worship

9:30am – Morning Workshops

11:00am – Lunch / Mission Fair

12:30pm – Afternoon Workshops

2:00pm – Conference Ends

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Event Location

Holman UMC
3320 W Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Special Message

During our Morning Worship, Bishop Warner Brown, Jr. will be sharing a special message “For the Sake of All God’s Children.”

List of Workshops

1. Click on “9:30am” and “12:30pm” to see all the workshops during that time block.

2. Then click on a workshop category (i.e., Church Business) to see only the workshops in that area of interest.

3. Some workshops span both sessions, and some are offered in both time slots, while others are only offered in either the morning or afternoon.

4. Download a pdf version of the Workshop List.

Ms. Jan Hanson

Human Resources: Establishing the Employment Relationship (Part 1)

This workshop will provide an overview of some of the most common employment-related issues, as well as offer tools to help churches decide whether the person doing the work is an employee, contractor, or volunteer. There will also be a discussion of items and issues relating to the payment of wages, including the question of classification as either exempt or non-exempt. Included will be updates on the latest regulations affecting employment in California. THIS WORKSHOP SPANS BOTH SESSIONS!
Rev. Tia Wildermuth

Serving as a Trustee (Part 1)

So you’ve volunteered to be on the Board of the Trustees or you have been voted President, now what? At the Trustee Workshop, you will receive an overview of an individual’s role to be a productive member of this local church ministry. The workshop will include but not be limited to: oversight, maintenance, and supervision of all local church property; tools to maintaining adequate insurance coverage on all church property; developing appropriate risk management policies; and Safe Gatherings. THIS WORKSHOP SPANS BOTH SESSIONS!
Ms. Archana Carey (Treasurer/Executive Director of Finance & Facilities, Cal-Pac Conference) and Joyce Zirkle (Executive Secretary to Cal-Pac Conference Treasurer)

Tables 1, 2, 3 and Apportionment Calculations

A frequent question is “How are Apportionments calculated?” The key is to correctly complete the Tables (statistical data) for your church which is the data used for the apportionment calculation. We will discuss how the statistics are used by the denomination and the conference for ministry and connectional work. This workshop will guide you on how to enter and submit Tables in the EZRA system. We will review the most common errors and ways to avoid them, how to be accurate in submission so your church does not receive an increase in apportionments due to error(s).
Ms. Deborah Mitchell

Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling is a creative way to engage in reading, memorizing, interpreting, and recording scriptures. Creating comes natural to us. Each one of us is an artist in some way, we just interpret our art differently. With Bible Journaling, we can use our gifts, visual or written, to draw nearer to our Creator. So Bible Journaling is capturing the essence of what you are studying, creating a new way for you to spend time with the Lord. Each participant will create an entry with materials provided.
Ms. Beverly Davis

Best Practices of Effective Church Financial Systems and Stewardship

We will learn about the characteristics and best practices of effective church financial systems in the following areas:
  1. basic church financial responsibilities;
  2. required elements of a church financial system infrastructure;
  3. day-to-day financial duties and practices;
  4. church financial reporting requirements.
Pastor Victor Cyrus-Franklin

Music as Cultural Exchange – It’s in the Music: Popular Music and Faith Formation

This workshop will share ways to creatively engage popular music for ministry. Whether through Bible study, small groups, mission and worship, engaging scriptural and spiritual themes in popular music can create a bridge to build faith among believers and invite faith for newcomers.
Ms. Kim Foster (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Hamilton UMC member, Moderator), Ms. Michelle Taylor Greene (Mental Health Advocate, Inglewood First UMC member) and Dr. Douglas Mc Kown (Clinical Psychologist, Executive Director, Samaritan Counseling Center)

With Head and Heart: How the Church Can Foster Ministries of Mental Health

This workshop panel will engage you on how churches can be a source of support, hope, and recovery for those affected by depression and mental illness, whether lay, clergy, or extended community.
David Trotter

Maximizing Your Communication Without Maximizing Your Budget

Want to take your church’s communications to the next level, but don’t have a huge budget? Confused by social media, websites, mass texting, online giving, and live video? Trying to figure out how to communicate with your entire congregation weekly? Ready to reach out to your city? Join David Trotter for a practical session that will leave you inspired and filled with ideas to implement next week.
Dr. John C. Holbert

The Book of Job: Will the Real God of the Universe Please Stand Up?

The book of Job has long been identified as one that addresses, and for some people solves, the problem of innocent suffering. There is no doubt that Job does suffer, and little doubt that he is innocent, but I think the book is actually about a subject rather more basic than that. Ultimately, it is about the nature of the God we worship and serve, and the answer the book provides is both radical and mysterious. Come along and join me in an exploration of this fascinating book in the Hebrew Bible. Please bring your own Bible as we make a brief run through a complex and important book.
Rev. Mary Scifres

Worship, Planning, and Creativity

Rather than seeing worship as one more program or worship style to add to our local church schedules, workshop leader Mary Scifres invites us to integrate the possibilities for multi-sensory, participatory, creative ideas emerging from our world into our worship design. In doing so, our worship connects easier with people both outside and inside the doors of the church. As we connect in new ways, Mary sees “the breath of life flowing into the open church doors even as we offer the breath of life to a culture choked by loneliness and hopelessness.” With a refreshing look at our changing world, worship becomes an avenue for us to serve even as we are refreshed by God’s ever-moving Spirit. We can design and lead worship that connects with people in transformative ways. In this workshop, Mary will provide practical tools and ideas for integrating various worship elements and styles--including emerging styles alongside multisensory and multicultural resources--into our worship services.
Ms. Rachel Gipson, MSW

Transgender 101

An informative session that will increase your understanding and knowledge of gender identity, help you adjust language to be most inclusive, and welcome church members from any point on the gender spectrum. Bring your questions to ask a gender therapist as you learn the gender-expansive history, definitions, and how the church can play an important role in the affirmation of gender non-conforming individuals in their congregation and community.
Rev. Cathie Capp

Streamlining Church Leadership: Moving to a Single-Simple Board Governance

Do you ever feel exhausted by the number of meet-ings you attend in carrying out the ministry of your congregation? Are you struggling to find people to fill each operating committee? Are decisions delayed because they go through multiple committees? Is communication a challenge? Today’s world is fast-paced and information is at our finger-tips. Our schedules are filled, and there is little time to attend multiple committee meetings. The Single-Simple Board Governance model (based on Stephan W. Ross’ “Leadership and Organization For Fruitful Congregations”) seeks to streamline the administrative process and ministry in the local church so that more time is freed to actually do ministry rather than talk about doing ministry. Come and see how this can help your congregation!
Ms. Jan Hanson

Human Resources: Establishing the Employment Relationship (Part 1)

This workshop will provide an overview of some of the most common employment-related issues, as well as offer tools to help churches decide whether the person doing the work is an employee, contractor, or volunteer. There will also be a discussion of items and issues relating to the payment of wages, including the question of classification as either exempt or non-exempt. Included will be updates on the latest regulations affecting employment in California. THIS WORKSHOP SPANS BOTH SESSIONS!
Rev. Tia Wildermuth

Serving as a Trustee (Part 1)

So you’ve volunteered to be on the Board of the Trustees or you have been voted President, now what? At the Trustee Workshop, you will receive an overview of an individual’s role to be a productive member of this local church ministry. The workshop will include but not be limited to: oversight, maintenance, and supervision of all local church property; tools to maintaining adequate insurance coverage on all church property; developing appropriate risk management policies; and Safe Gatherings. THIS WORKSHOP SPANS BOTH SESSIONS!
Ms. Archana Carey (Treasurer/Executive Director of Finance & Facilities, Cal-Pac Conference) and Joyce Zirkle (Executive Secretary to Cal-Pac Conference Treasurer)

Tables 1, 2, 3 and Apportionment Calculations

A frequent question is “How are Apportionments calculated?” The key is to correctly complete the Tables (statistical data) for your church which is the data used for the apportionment calculation. We will discuss how the statistics are used by the denomination and the conference for ministry and connectional work. This workshop will guide you on how to enter and submit Tables in the EZRA system. We will review the most common errors and ways to avoid them, how to be accurate in submission so your church does not receive an increase in apportionments due to error(s).
Ms. Beverly Davis

Best Practices of Effective Church Financial Systems and Stewardship

We will learn about the characteristics and best practices of effective church financial systems in the following areas:
  1. basic church financial responsibilities;
  2. required elements of a church financial system infrastructure;
  3. day-to-day financial duties and practices;
  4. church financial reporting requirements.
Rev. Cathie Capp

Streamlining Church Leadership: Moving to a Single-Simple Board Governance

Do you ever feel exhausted by the number of meet-ings you attend in carrying out the ministry of your congregation? Are you struggling to find people to fill each operating committee? Are decisions delayed because they go through multiple committees? Is communication a challenge? Today’s world is fast-paced and information is at our finger-tips. Our schedules are filled, and there is little time to attend multiple committee meetings. The Single-Simple Board Governance model (based on Stephan W. Ross’ “Leadership and Organization For Fruitful Congregations”) seeks to streamline the administrative process and ministry in the local church so that more time is freed to actually do ministry rather than talk about doing ministry. Come and see how this can help your congregation!
Pastor Victor Cyrus-Franklin

Music as Cultural Exchange – It’s in the Music: Popular Music and Faith Formation

This workshop will share ways to creatively engage popular music for ministry. Whether through Bible study, small groups, mission and worship, engaging scriptural and spiritual themes in popular music can create a bridge to build faith among believers and invite faith for newcomers.
Ms. Kim Foster (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Hamilton UMC member, Moderator), Ms. Michelle Taylor Greene (Mental Health Advocate, Inglewood First UMC member) and Dr. Douglas Mc Kown (Clinical Psychologist, Executive Director, Samaritan Counseling Center)

With Head and Heart: How the Church Can Foster Ministries of Mental Health

This workshop panel will engage you on how churches can be a source of support, hope, and recovery for those affected by depression and mental illness, whether lay, clergy, or extended community.
David Trotter

Maximizing Your Communication Without Maximizing Your Budget

Want to take your church’s communications to the next level, but don’t have a huge budget? Confused by social media, websites, mass texting, online giving, and live video? Trying to figure out how to communicate with your entire congregation weekly? Ready to reach out to your city? Join David Trotter for a practical session that will leave you inspired and filled with ideas to implement next week.
Rev. Mary Scifres

Worship, Planning, and Creativity

Rather than seeing worship as one more program or worship style to add to our local church schedules, workshop leader Mary Scifres invites us to integrate the possibilities for multi-sensory, participatory, creative ideas emerging from our world into our worship design. In doing so, our worship connects easier with people both outside and inside the doors of the church. As we connect in new ways, Mary sees “the breath of life flowing into the open church doors even as we offer the breath of life to a culture choked by loneliness and hopelessness.” With a refreshing look at our changing world, worship becomes an avenue for us to serve even as we are refreshed by God’s ever-moving Spirit. We can design and lead worship that connects with people in transformative ways. In this workshop, Mary will provide practical tools and ideas for integrating various worship elements and styles--including emerging styles alongside multisensory and multicultural resources--into our worship services.
Ms. Rachel Gipson, MSW

Transgender 101

An informative session that will increase your understanding and knowledge of gender identity, help you adjust language to be most inclusive, and welcome church members from any point on the gender spectrum. Bring your questions to ask a gender therapist as you learn the gender-expansive history, definitions, and how the church can play an important role in the affirmation of gender non-conforming individuals in their congregation and community.
Ms. Deborah Mitchell

Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling is a creative way to engage in reading, memorizing, interpreting, and recording scriptures. Creating comes natural to us. Each one of us is an artist in some way, we just interpret our art differently. With Bible Journaling, we can use our gifts, visual or written, to draw nearer to our Creator. So Bible Journaling is capturing the essence of what you are studying, creating a new way for you to spend time with the Lord. Each participant will create an entry with materials provided.
Dr. John C. Holbert

The Book of Job: Will the Real God of the Universe Please Stand Up?

The book of Job has long been identified as one that addresses, and for some people solves, the problem of innocent suffering. There is no doubt that Job does suffer, and little doubt that he is innocent, but I think the book is actually about a subject rather more basic than that. Ultimately, it is about the nature of the God we worship and serve, and the answer the book provides is both radical and mysterious. Come along and join me in an exploration of this fascinating book in the Hebrew Bible. Please bring your own Bible as we make a brief run through a complex and important book.
Ms. Jan Hanson

Human Resources: Developing Personnel Policies (Part 2)

This workshop will focus on practical information that may be used in the development of policies for non-appointed church staff. A sample employee handbook will be distributed to each attendee, with a review of the document forming the basis of the discussion. Each church with representatives in attendance will receive a flash drive containing the sample handbook that can be adapted by the SPRC to the unique circumstances of each church. THIS WORKSHOP SPANS BOTH SESSIONS!
Rev. Tia Wildermuth

Serving as a Trustee (Part 2)

So you’ve volunteered to be on the Board of the Trustees or you have been voted President, now what? At the Trustee Workshop, you will receive an overview of an individual’s role to be a productive member of this local church ministry. The workshop will include but not be limited to: oversight, maintenance, and supervision of all local church property; tools to maintaining adequate insurance coverage on all church property; developing appropriate risk management policies; and Safe Gatherings. THIS WORKSHOP SPANS BOTH SESSIONS!
Ms. Archana Carey (Treasurer/Executive Director of Finance & Facilities, Cal-Pac Conference) and Joyce Zirkle (Executive Secretary to Cal-Pac Conference Treasurer)

Tables 1, 2, 3 and Apportionment Calculations

A frequent question is “How are Apportionments calculated?” The key is to correctly complete the Tables (statistical data) for your church which is the data used for the apportionment calculation. We will discuss how the statistics are used by the denomination and the conference for ministry and connectional work. This workshop will guide you on how to enter and submit Tables in the EZRA system. We will review the most common errors and ways to avoid them, how to be accurate in submission so your church does not receive an increase in apportionments due to error(s).
Ms. Beverly Davis

Best Practices of Effective Church Financial Systems and Stewardship

We will learn about the characteristics and best practices of effective church financial systems in the following areas:
  1. basic church financial responsibilities;
  2. required elements of a church financial system infrastructure;
  3. day-to-day financial duties and practices;
  4. church financial reporting requirements.
Rev. Diana Holbert

What About Meditating?

Have you been meditating for years? Or have you thought about starting this spiritual discipline but you just weren’t sure of it? Whether you’re an old hand at this or a seeker for a deeper prayer life, come interact with the Rev. Dr. Diana Brown Holbert at our District Training to find out more about how to listen for God. Diana, a one-year old transplant from Dallas, Texas, will talk about Passage Meditation, which she has been doing for thirty minutes each morning for ten years. She will also teach Centering Prayer, Zen Buddhism meditation, and visible prayer (movement while we’re seated). We have so much to learn and to be, as we go deeper into our spirits where God resides.
Ms. Brogan Hunt

Ministry with Youth: Saving Young People’s Ministries

An interactive workshop on what it means to create a future for the church, while younger gen-erations are leaving the church and our local communities are under resourced. We'll discuss major misconceptions about young people's ministries, what the church will look like moving forward, and share our ideas and resources. Whether you're interested in young people's ministries or just interested in having young people in the church for years to come--this is for you. Bring your ideas, bring your questions, and bring an open mind.
Pastor Victor Cyrus-Franklin

Music as Cultural Exchange – It’s in the Music: Popular Music and Faith Formation

This workshop will share ways to creatively engage popular music for ministry. Whether through Bible study, small groups, mission and worship, engaging scriptural and spiritual themes in popular music can create a bridge to build faith among believers and invite faith for newcomers.
Rev. Mary Scifres

Worship, Planning, and Creativity

Rather than seeing worship as one more program or worship style to add to our local church schedules, workshop leader Mary Scifres invites us to integrate the possibilities for multi-sensory, participatory, creative ideas emerging from our world into our worship design. In doing so, our worship connects easier with people both outside and inside the doors of the church. As we connect in new ways, Mary sees “the breath of life flowing into the open church doors even as we offer the breath of life to a culture choked by loneliness and hopelessness.” With a refreshing look at our changing world, worship becomes an avenue for us to serve even as we are refreshed by God’s ever-moving Spirit. We can design and lead worship that connects with people in transformative ways. In this workshop, Mary will provide practical tools and ideas for integrating various worship elements and styles--including emerging styles alongside multisensory and multicultural resources--into our worship services.
David Trotter

Maximizing Your Communication Without Maximizing Your Budget

Want to take your church’s communications to the next level, but don’t have a huge budget? Confused by social media, websites, mass texting, online giving, and live video? Trying to figure out how to communicate with your entire congregation weekly? Ready to reach out to your city? Join David Trotter for a practical session that will leave you inspired and filled with ideas to implement next week.
Ms. Kim Foster (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Hamilton UMC member, Moderator), Ms. Michelle Taylor Greene (Mental Health Advocate, Inglewood First UMC member) and Dr. Douglas Mc Kown (Clinical Psychologist, Executive Director, Samaritan Counseling Center)

With Head and Heart: How the Church Can Foster Ministries of Mental Health

This workshop panel will engage you on how churches can be a source of support, hope, and recovery for those affected by depression and mental illness, whether lay, clergy, or extended community.
Ms. Rachel Gipson, MSW

Transgender 101

An informative session that will increase your understanding and knowledge of gender identity, help you adjust language to be most inclusive, and welcome church members from any point on the gender spectrum. Bring your questions to ask a gender therapist as you learn the gender-expansive history, definitions, and how the church can play an important role in the affirmation of gender non-conforming individuals in their congregation and community.
Ms. Wanda Bethea (Pension and Welfare Benefits Administrator) and Ms. Rhiannon Lucero (Health Benefits and Employment Administrator, Cal-Pac Conference)

Spotlight on Benefits: Making Sense of the Acronyms

This workshop will explain the benefits available to clergy and lay staff through the Conference, our general benefits agency, Wespath, and the local church. We will cover the basic features of each benefit, and will discuss whether it is optional or required, who is eligible, how the costs are calculated, and what choices the church has regarding the benefit. Sample benefits to be covered are retirement and pension, death and disability insurance, health insurance, vacation, and sick pay.
Ms. Deborah Mitchell

Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling is a creative way to engage in reading, memorizing, interpreting, and recording scriptures. Creating comes natural to us. Each one of us is an artist in some way, we just interpret our art differently. With Bible Journaling, we can use our gifts, visual or written, to draw nearer to our Creator. So Bible Journaling is capturing the essence of what you are studying, creating a new way for you to spend time with the Lord. Each participant will create an entry with materials provided.
Ms. Jan Hanson

Human Resources: Developing Personnel Policies (Part 2)

This workshop will focus on practical information that may be used in the development of policies for non-appointed church staff. A sample employee handbook will be distributed to each attendee, with a review of the document forming the basis of the discussion. Each church with representatives in attendance will receive a flash drive containing the sample handbook that can be adapted by the SPRC to the unique circumstances of each church. THIS WORKSHOP SPANS BOTH SESSIONS!
Rev. Tia Wildermuth

Serving as a Trustee (Part 2)

So you’ve volunteered to be on the Board of the Trustees or you have been voted President, now what? At the Trustee Workshop, you will receive an overview of an individual’s role to be a productive member of this local church ministry. The workshop will include but not be limited to: oversight, maintenance, and supervision of all local church property; tools to maintaining adequate insurance coverage on all church property; developing appropriate risk management policies; and Safe Gatherings. THIS WORKSHOP SPANS BOTH SESSIONS!
Ms. Archana Carey (Treasurer/Executive Director of Finance & Facilities, Cal-Pac Conference) and Joyce Zirkle (Executive Secretary to Cal-Pac Conference Treasurer)

Tables 1, 2, 3 and Apportionment Calculations

A frequent question is “How are Apportionments calculated?” The key is to correctly complete the Tables (statistical data) for your church which is the data used for the apportionment calculation. We will discuss how the statistics are used by the denomination and the conference for ministry and connectional work. This workshop will guide you on how to enter and submit Tables in the EZRA system. We will review the most common errors and ways to avoid them, how to be accurate in submission so your church does not receive an increase in apportionments due to error(s).
Ms. Beverly Davis

Best Practices of Effective Church Financial Systems and Stewardship

We will learn about the characteristics and best practices of effective church financial systems in the following areas:
  1. basic church financial responsibilities;
  2. required elements of a church financial system infrastructure;
  3. day-to-day financial duties and practices;
  4. church financial reporting requirements.
Ms. Wanda Bethea (Pension and Welfare Benefits Administrator) and Ms. Rhiannon Lucero (Health Benefits and Employment Administrator, Cal-Pac Conference)

Spotlight on Benefits: Making Sense of the Acronyms

This workshop will explain the benefits available to clergy and lay staff through the Conference, our general benefits agency, Wespath, and the local church. We will cover the basic features of each benefit, and will discuss whether it is optional or required, who is eligible, how the costs are calculated, and what choices the church has regarding the benefit. Sample benefits to be covered are retirement and pension, death and disability insurance, health insurance, vacation, and sick pay.
Ms. Brogan Hunt

Ministry with Youth: Saving Young People’s Ministries

An interactive workshop on what it means to create a future for the church, while younger gen-erations are leaving the church and our local communities are under resourced. We'll discuss major misconceptions about young people's ministries, what the church will look like moving forward, and share our ideas and resources. Whether you're interested in young people's ministries or just interested in having young people in the church for years to come--this is for you. Bring your ideas, bring your questions, and bring an open mind.
Pastor Victor Cyrus-Franklin

Music as Cultural Exchange – It’s in the Music: Popular Music and Faith Formation

This workshop will share ways to creatively engage popular music for ministry. Whether through Bible study, small groups, mission and worship, engaging scriptural and spiritual themes in popular music can create a bridge to build faith among believers and invite faith for newcomers.
Rev. Mary Scifres

Worship, Planning, and Creativity

Rather than seeing worship as one more program or worship style to add to our local church schedules, workshop leader Mary Scifres invites us to integrate the possibilities for multi-sensory, participatory, creative ideas emerging from our world into our worship design. In doing so, our worship connects easier with people both outside and inside the doors of the church. As we connect in new ways, Mary sees “the breath of life flowing into the open church doors even as we offer the breath of life to a culture choked by loneliness and hopelessness.” With a refreshing look at our changing world, worship becomes an avenue for us to serve even as we are refreshed by God’s ever-moving Spirit. We can design and lead worship that connects with people in transformative ways. In this workshop, Mary will provide practical tools and ideas for integrating various worship elements and styles--including emerging styles alongside multisensory and multicultural resources--into our worship services.
David Trotter

Maximizing Your Communication Without Maximizing Your Budget

Want to take your church’s communications to the next level, but don’t have a huge budget? Confused by social media, websites, mass texting, online giving, and live video? Trying to figure out how to communicate with your entire congregation weekly? Ready to reach out to your city? Join David Trotter for a practical session that will leave you inspired and filled with ideas to implement next week.
Ms. Kim Foster (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Hamilton UMC member, Moderator), Ms. Michelle Taylor Greene (Mental Health Advocate, Inglewood First UMC member) and Dr. Douglas Mc Kown (Clinical Psychologist, Executive Director, Samaritan Counseling Center)

With Head and Heart: How the Church Can Foster Ministries of Mental Health

This workshop panel will engage you on how churches can be a source of support, hope, and recovery for those affected by depression and mental illness, whether lay, clergy, or extended community.
Ms. Rachel Gipson, MSW

Transgender 101

An informative session that will increase your understanding and knowledge of gender identity, help you adjust language to be most inclusive, and welcome church members from any point on the gender spectrum. Bring your questions to ask a gender therapist as you learn the gender-expansive history, definitions, and how the church can play an important role in the affirmation of gender non-conforming individuals in their congregation and community.
Rev. Diana Holbert

What About Meditating?

Have you been meditating for years? Or have you thought about starting this spiritual discipline but you just weren’t sure of it? Whether you’re an old hand at this or a seeker for a deeper prayer life, come interact with the Rev. Dr. Diana Brown Holbert at our District Training to find out more about how to listen for God. Diana, a one-year old transplant from Dallas, Texas, will talk about Passage Meditation, which she has been doing for thirty minutes each morning for ten years. She will also teach Centering Prayer, Zen Buddhism meditation, and visible prayer (movement while we’re seated). We have so much to learn and to be, as we go deeper into our spirits where God resides.
Ms. Deborah Mitchell

Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling is a creative way to engage in reading, memorizing, interpreting, and recording scriptures. Creating comes natural to us. Each one of us is an artist in some way, we just interpret our art differently. With Bible Journaling, we can use our gifts, visual or written, to draw nearer to our Creator. So Bible Journaling is capturing the essence of what you are studying, creating a new way for you to spend time with the Lord. Each participant will create an entry with materials provided.

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