Seven Events to be Webcast from School of Congregational Development
Nashville, Tennessee, July 23, 2010--Seven events of the 2010 United Methodist School of Congregational Development will be webcast live between July 29 and August 2. One of them is a benefit concert for UMCOR to support relief efforts in Haiti and Tennessee.
The School of Congregational Development, meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, this year, brings together pastors, lay leaders, district superintendents, and bishops for training and interaction on how to begin new congregations and strengthen existing ones.
The first webcast will be in the late afternoon (Central Time) on Thursday, July 29, featuring Bishop Dick Wills, the resident episcopal leader of the Nashville Area. His topic is "Forming Deliberate Disciples."
The Tennessee Annual Conference is hosting the 2010 school, along with two local churches, McKendree United Methodist Church and Brentwood United Methodist Church. The General Boards of Discipleship and Global Ministries have sponsored the annual event for many years, and are joined this year by Path 1, a churchwide effort to begin new congregations.
On Sunday evening, August 1, a service of worship and music will originate from the Renaissance Nashville Hotel West Ballroom. This webcast event is a benefit for the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Haiti. Noted evangelist, Dr. Tony Campolo, will speak. The choir of Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church will provide special music.
The full schedule of webcasts is at the web address:
The Rev. Sharma Lewis, pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, McDonough, Georgia, will be featured in the second webcast on Friday morning, July 30. Her topic is "Developing Contagious Faith Communities." That evening, the Rev. Sam Park will consider "Called to Grow and Go!" He is the lead pastor of the Community Church at Holliston in Pasadena, California.
Speaking on Saturday morning, July 30, is Dr. David Owens, director of the Professional Development Institute, Vanderbilt University, a Nashville institution. Two webcasts will take place on Monday August 2: in the morning, the Rev. Rudy Rasmus, senior pastor, St. John's Downtown United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas, and in the afternoon, the Rev. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, pastor of CrossRoads United Methodist Church, Phoenix, Arizona.
In addition to the plenary sessions and worship, the School of Congregational Development features a broad range of ministry tracks and workshops--some geared for new church developers and others for existing churches. Some of the latter are for small churches, while others are for larger congregations. There are also tracks focused on ethnic communities.
Another popular feature of the schools has been the coordinated visits to "teaching churches." This year, the Sunday visits include such venues as large, small, and ethnic churches--both old and new--on the cutting edges of ministry.
Date posted: Jul 23, 2010