9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM): Best Practices for Mission Teams

Presenter: Rev. Tom Lank, UMVIM-NEJ Coordinator

Learn how to fully equip yourself to “Lift up God in all that you do!”  This workshop will provide attendees the skills to:

  • Plan a Volunteers in Mission trip: select a destination, form teams and demonstrate effective team leader responsibilities.  
  • Prepare for the trip:  provide effective communication, logistical planning, building relationships and being sensitive of the culture you are entering.   
  • Learn how to prepare Team devotions, journals and how best to share the story of your trip with others. 

9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Revitalization, Re-Visioning, Re-missioning and Launching Lay Lead New Faith Communities

Presenters: Rev. Dr. Michelle Holmes Chaney and Rev. William T Chaney Jr

Denominational leaders, clergy, church leaders and laity are all talking about what is necessary for United Methodist congregations to thrive, and be vibrant communities of faith in a culture of constant change. What is emerging as the leading topics are revitalization, re-missioning and launching pioneering new faith communities led by lay ministry teams. The challenge is understanding about which model is best for your church and leadership team.

This workshop will equip you to:

  • Define and engage revitalization
  • Define and engage re-missioning
  • Define and engage re-visioning
  • Develop a lay ministry team to discern starting a new faith community
  • The leadership tools available to revitalize and remission
  • A vision of new and innovative faith communities


9:15  – 11:45 a.m.

Stewardship and Investments  (Two workshops in one)

The Ministry of Fundraising
(9:15 a.m. -10:15 a.m.)

Presenter: Frank Robert, Mid Atlantic United Methodist Foundation

Based on the book “A Spirituality of Fundraising” by Henri J. M. Nouwen.  Answers the question what is fundraising as a Ministry?” How do we help the “Kingdom of Tomorrow”? Other nonprofits understand fundraising as a vital resource. Do we have a funding ministry for our churches to prosper? Past attendees have stated: "Members involved on finance committee and those interested in doing so should take advantage of a workshop like this."

All attendees will receive a copy of the book “A Spirituality of Fundraising.”

Fiduciary Responsibility of Church Asset Management: Fiduciary 21 Standards
(10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.)

Presenter: Jack Brooks, Mid Atlantic United Methodist Foundation

BWC AC A Fiduciary responsibility view of Church asset management with the. This course will share best practices related to management of Institutional funds. Non-Profit organizations including churches are guided by various state, federal, and Book of Discipline rules that trustees, financial chairs, and endowment chairs should be made aware.  Specific instruction will be given around the 21 Standards of areas established by the Center for Fiduciary Excellence.

Materials supplied by Hardy Reed and Associates Fiduciary consultants.