Visioning Workshop

Central Mass District 2017 Visioning Workshop
Saturday, March 18

Location:  First UMC Marlborough
9:00am – 3:00pm
Registrations cost $10/person – registration will close Tuesday 3/14/17

Visioning and action planning: this will be a hands-on workshop designed to help church leaders lead groups through a discernment process of understanding, identifying and writing out God’s vision and specific mission for the local church. We will spend time understanding how to discern and formulate a mission and vision statements, and how participants can take the information here, and lead their own churches and facilitating this process. For those who just want to make this happen on site, we will also spend time helping sister congregations in this process. At the end of our time together, participants will know what steps each must take.

Presenter: Rev. Rene Perez
Central Mass District Superintendent


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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Basics of Coaching Workshop


January 5, 2017
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
The United Church of Clinton

Our  district will be sponsoring a Basics of Coaching workshop with Rev. Chris Holmes. Participants will learn the basic skills of coaching and come away with a ministry plan for how to use those skills in their ministry. This workshop includes the benefits of coaching, importance of presence, deep listening, asking powerful questions, expanding possibilities, action planning, and review and commitment.  The cost is $25, which covers materials and meals.

Rev. Chris Holmes, PCC


 In 2008 the International Coaching Federation (ICF) credentialed Chris Holmes a Coach, and the United Methodist Church endorsed Chris for the ministry of coaching in 2009. He is a pastor with 26 years of experience serving small to large churches and has seven year serving as District Superintendent in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.  In 2012 Chris began working as a full-time coach and coach-trainer across several denominations, and serving on the coach training faculty of Auburn Seminary. Chris has over 800 hours of coaching pastors in a variety of settings, has achieved the PCC level of certification and is now serving as the President of the Maryland Chapter of the International Coaching Federation.


CMA Transition Workshop

CMA Transition Workshop

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Where : First Framingham UMC
360 Water Street
Framingham, MA

Transition Workshop Letter

The Transition Workshop is designed for churches that are experiencing a change in pastoral appointment in July 2016.

This is a required event, and District Superintendent Rene Perez is asking that every pastor transitioning into a new church and at least five leaders from each receiving congregation attend.

The day’s schedule:

  • 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Fellowship
  • 9 a.m. Workshop
  • Noon Closing

If you haven’t already, please RSVP to the district office at as soon as possible, and let us know how many people from your church will be in attendance. Thank you.

The Platinum Rule for Thriving Congregations

The Platinum Rule for Thriving Congregations
November 11-12, 2016
With Rebekah Simon Peter

Raise your Emotional Intelligence, and that of your leadership. This fun and insightful experience will promote self-awareness, forgiveness, compassion, and understanding for you, your top leaders and members of your congregation. As a result, new found energy unfolds, transforming the way you and your key leaders do ministry together!

You will…

  • Enhance your people skills to create better relationships
  • Heighten your ability to work together for the common good
  • Restore your faith in people while learning how to defuse tension and misunderstanding
  • Draw out the best contributions from each of your people
  • Learn how to bring out the best in people who frustrate you most

Picture1Rebekah is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist church. She has served black, white, small, medium and large churches in the Rocky Mountain conference. During her three appointments to local church ministry.  she broke the color barrier, the gender barrier and the religion barrier. She is also the Director of Bridge Works, an extension ministry of the Rocky Mountain conference. Rebekah is also an accomplished author-whose books create a culture of renewal.

Additionally, she holds Certifications as an Everything DiScs  Authorized Partner from Wiley as well as their highest credential for coaches and trainers; as an Online Instructor from the Richard and Julie Wilke Institute for Discipleship, and as a Presenter from the Climate Reality Project. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

COST $99 per person- includes: DISC, materials and meals

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A Disciple’s Path

Online registration for this event is now CLOSED.  However, you may register at the event
A Disciple’s Path
Transitioning Corporate Inertia into Congregational Vitality

APRIL 30, 2016
Charlton City UMC

This workshop will engage clergy and lay leadership in exploring strategies that have helped other congregations move from corporate inertia to spiritual and missional vitality in a rapidly changing world. Leaders will explore questions such as:

  • How can we use our past to energize our future?
  • What difference does our Wesleyan theological and spiritual tradition make in the way we serve our community?
  • How can our congregation live into the mission of “making disciples for the transformation of the world?
  • What kind of leadership does our congregation need today?
  • How can the United Methodist “connection” help our congregation fulfill its mission?

Each participating congregation will receive a Program Kit for “A Disciple’s Heart: Growing in Love and Grace. ”  The kit contains a Daily Workbook, Companion Reader, and Leader Guide with Downloadable Toolkit.

The Rev. Dr. James A. Harnish recently retired afteharnishr 43 years of pastoral ministry in rural, small town, suburban and urban congregations in the Florida Annual conference of the United Methodist church. He was the founding pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist church in Orlando and served for 22 years as the Senior Pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist church in Tampa. Widely recognized as a preacher and writer, Jim is a facilitator for the Institute of Preaching at Duke Divinity School and the author of more than 15 books including “You Only Have to Die: Leading Your Congregation to New Life,” “A Disciple’s Path” and “Earn. Save. Give. Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money.” He was a consulting Editor for “The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible” and a contributor to “The Wesley Study Bible.”

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
8:30 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am Worship
9:30 am Workshop

COST $20 per person- included: materials and meals
3 or more $15.00 per person – included: materials and meals

Spiritual Leadership: Resource Day


spritual leadership

Online registration is now closed for this event.  However, you may register on location the day of the event.

February 27, 2016 the CMA 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 a world-changing journey.

This year’s focus will be Spiritual Leadership. Spiritual leaders connect the church  to become  stronger and influence the world to impact our community.. Spiritual Leaders must develop a spiritual routine that will meet both our own needs and the needs of those we lead . These workshops will restore your soul, direct your thoughts and work, connect you with ideas and inspiration.



Bishop Grant Hagiya

Bishop Grant Hagiya is currently serving as the Resident Bishop of the new “Greater Northwest Area” (Encompassing the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Annual Conferences).His dissertation  on the traits, qualities and characteristics of highly effective UMC clergy was published in book form, “Leadership Kaizen: How To Become a Better Church Leader.” His research area is in applying secular leadership theory, practice and change management to the structures and future development of the Christian Church.  He is a trained mediator, receiving most of his training through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.

SudburyUnited Methodist Church
251 Old Sudbury Rd
Sudbury, MA 01776

WORKSHOPS  11:00 am session
Children’s Ministry
Evangelism Outreach
Faith Journey/Spiritual Formation
Role of Lay Leadership / Servant
Pastor – Parish Relations
Church Council
Spiritual Leadership in the 21st Century
Developing Disciples and Influencing Others

WORKSHOPS  1:15 pm session
Walk to Emmaus
Role of Lay Leadership / Servant
Radical Hospitality
Transforming Missions
Thriving Communities

WORKSHOPS  2:30 pm session
Dynamics of Small Groups
Spiritual Disciplines/prayer
Church Council
Finance and Stewardship

Online registration is now closed for this event.  However, you may register on location the day of the event.

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Mixed Messages about Money

Rebekah Simon-Peter Unravel the hidden meanings in your weekly and annual messages about money, giving, and financial stewardship. Identify mixed messages that sabotage giving. Create an action plan to straighten out communications and increase congregational giving.

First UMC / Hudson MA / CMA District – Nov. 13, 2015. 9am-4pm

Cost: $10.00pp / covers lunch & materials

NOTE: Each participant will be asked to bring a sample worship bulletin, as well as figures for overall congregational giving for the past 3-5 years.

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NO-NONSENSE FAITH: Study on the letter of James

“Theory does not necessarily produce practice just as science does not inevitably generate wisdom.” (Scot McKnight)

3431241All throughout the letter, James encourages all Christians to live a no-nonsense faith which practices what it believes. It addresses the abuse of the poor, the injustices of the rich, the trials of those who follow Jesus and what to do about them, and the need to show mercy to those in need. The District Superintendent of the CMA District invites you to join him to discover the subversive message written by James, brother of Jesus; and how as believers we can become wiser and grow in our faith. We will study the entire book in several locations, learning the ins and outs of this unusual letter, which it was as challenging when James wrote it as it is today.

The dates and locations for the BIBLE STUDY are:
CHAPTER 1 -October 22- 9:30am, Oxford UMC, MA
CHAPTER 2- October 29- 9:30am, Milford UMC, MA
CHAPTER 3- November 5- 9:30am, Christ UMC, Wellesley
CHAPTER 4- November 12- 9:30am, Aldersgate UMC, Worcester MA
CHAPTER 5- December 3- 9:30am, Centralville UMC in Lowell

Preliminary Brief Outline

Session One – Day One

  • Introduction
  • Who wrote the letter of James
  • The Marks of a mature Christian
  • General exhortations about speech, character and pure religion

Session Two- Day Two

  • Christianity and Partiality
  • Inconsistency in the faith
  • Faith and love
  • Faith and works

Session Three- Day Three

  • The World’s largest troublemaker: the tongue
  • The power to delight and the power to destroy
  • Wisdom from above or from below?

Session Four- Day Four

  • How to end wars
  • The Sin of Oppression
  • To obey or not to obey

Session Five- Day Five

  • Money Talks
  • Trouble in the church and in the nation
  • Prayer and healing in the community
  • The promise of forgiveness