March 4, 2017

Central Massachusetts District Congregational Development Team will be sponsoring the Annual Church Leadership Workshops and we are inviting you and members of your church to come and experience renewal and revival.

This year’s focus will be Church Renewal and Revival. Revival is renewal and restoration – a fresh inflow of the life, love and power of God. Revival creates images of fresh inspiration, new spiritual blessing, fervent worship, and soul-searching.

A sense of revival leaves a deep impression on communities. It changes, heals, and redirects the lives of many. Most important of all, it glorifies God. These workshops will revive your soul, direct your thoughts and work, connect you with ideas and inspiration.

All of our workshops will be designed to equip church leaders to bring about a personal and cultural transformation to their local congregations. The workshops will be practical, giving you the tools you will need to begin the work or to share with your congregation. Be renewed as you learn and experience new ways of doing effective ministry in the 21st century


Lovett H. Weems Jr. Pastor, educator, author and researcher, and an expert on leadership in the United Methodist Church. Lovett Weems, who has spent many years working with United Methodist denominational and congregational leaders, is a distinguished professor of church leadership and the director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Before joining the Lewis Center, he spent 18 years as president of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo. Weems is the author of a number of books, including Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results ; Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, and Integrity; and Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church. He also co-edits the online newsletter Leading Ideas.

Relinquish worship band from Roanoke, VA. They first got their start back in July 2009. Since the beginning, their main purpose is to share the Gospel through their music. Relinquish has chosen to serve the Lord through the gifts that He has given them. Fortunately, the Lord has blessed the band immensely, and they have had the privilege to do just that! Ultimately, the band holds true to what they believe in most: “We want to strive to create music that makes a difference, for the sake of the Gospel, in a world that desperately needs change.”
Youth Schedule for Relinquish
9:00 am-9:30am    Relinquish Band
9:30am- 10:15am Speaker
10:30am-11:30am Youth time with the Band
12:00pm – Lunch


Fisk United Methodist Church
106 Walnut St
Natick, MA 01760

Morning Workshops
Stewardship Stewardship is one of the central disciplines of our spiritual life. As we grow in our faith and trust, we discover that our self-giving; giving of our time, talent and treasure is one of the deepest possible joys. In this time together we will open up new practical ways to change the giving culture in your church and increase the generosity of those that call your church home.  David Abbott
Connectional System  UM leaders often speak of the denomination as “the connection.” This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning as a means of accomplishing the mission of spreading scriptural holiness. Find out how every local church is linked to an interconnected network of organizations that join together in mission and ministry, allowing us to accomplish far more than any one local church or person could alone.  Erica Robinson-Johnson
Revival  – We live in a time of great opportunity and spiritual revival.  The spirit of revival sparked fires of change. It about is helping God’s people take the next faithful step. Lovett Weems
Q & A with RELINQUISH  – Relinquish stands out as they enjoy not only performing but spending time getting to know their fans. Take some time to spend with Relinquish as they share their ministry.  Relinquish
Finance Financial issues in the local church are constantly changing.  This workshop is offered to provide guidance around good fiscal policy and the work of the Finance Committee and officers of the church. Ralph Howe
Trustees Are you a new local church trustee? This is definitely the workshop you want to attend. It will answer questions such as, how do we manage church owned buildings and what is the role of the trustees. Please bring your questions about property management, selling and buying, and how to best care for parsonages. Caryl Walsh 
Church Council  – Part of the work of church council should be envisioning the future of the church. Experience a new way of doing Church Council work in an enjoyable, forward -moving and relaxed way, which focuses on the importance of God and relationship, not tasks. TBS


Afternoon Workshops 
Role of the Lay Leader / Servant Learn about the ministry of the lay leader and how a lay leader partners with the pastor and the new role of lay servants. Bob Hout and Beth Ferguson
Youth Ministry Make your youth ministry everything God created it to be! This workshop will lead you through a process for discovering the unique vision and purpose God has for your youth. This practical, visionary workshop shows you where to start – and how to move forward.
SPRC Understand the nuts and bolts of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee and how to have a healthy relationship with your pastor (and paid staff) in order to facilitate ministry. You will also have time to ask questions. Rene Perez
Bible Revival Reading the Bible is one of those “I can do better” actions. Are you looking for help in developing a personal Bible study strategy for the next year? In this workshop we will talk about practical ways to get into the Bible and let it influence our lives. Scott Stewart
Prayer Life/ Spiritual Life Having a relationship with God is a lifelong learning and growing experience. In practicing the spiritual disciplines, we learn discernment. We need different disciplines at different times. Like apprentices in the master’s workshop, we must learn what discipline is most needed and which one can best do the job.
Worship life The uniting of God’s people in corporate worship is of crucial importance to the life of the church. What takes place during this time should prepare the way for God to visit His people in revival. The word “worship” has numerous connotations in today’s churches. It is possible the “worship service” of the church to actually be a hindrance to revival. How can this be true? In this workshop, we’ll look at some of the ways revival may be hindered by what we do, or don’t do, in our services. David Arruda

Childcare available:  Age 5 and under
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8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Group Registration$15.00
Hosted By Central Massachusetts District
53 Birchwood Dr
Holden MA 01520
(508) 853-1895
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