Discipleship Opportunities

The Baltimore-Washington Conference offers a number of opportunities for learning and growing in faith and discipleship. Scroll down this list of some of the offerings to put your faith into action.

Local Church Events

  • Jerusalem- Mt. Pleasant UMC will host a Juneteenth Festival on June 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the church grounds at 21 Wood Lane, in Rockville. The event is a fundraiser to help raise funds for the restoration of the stained-glass windows in the historic African American church.  The festival will feature a yard sale, food sales, children’s activities, information tables, historic presentations and an open house to view the windows. 
  • The members of John Wesley UMC in Baltimore will hold a celebration for their pastor, the Rev. James Bishop, who will celebrate 50 years of ministry, on Sunday, July 14, at 10 a.m. at a special worship service.

  • The Health & Wellness Ministry of Hopkins UMC will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 2, from noon to 5 p.m.  You may visit www.RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment, or contact Penny Smith at 410-456-6663 or   for assistance. 

  • A Vigil for Our Nation & World: Silver Spring UMC is working to identify congregations,which may want to join in a hybrid Vigil for our Nation and World on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. In anticipation of a potentially emotional and challenging election cycle, they will gather for worship and prayer to be reminded of God's abiding presence, purpose, and power for us and the world. Interested congregations can email The Rev. Will Ed Green for more information. 

Action and Advocacy 

Sign Up for the BWC Advocacy & Action Newsletter: The BWC’s Advocacy & Action Newsletter is a bi-monthly email with updates regarding the Advocacy & Action ministries, including our social action teams, legislative action, events, and announcements. This is a great way for individuals to stay updated on ways to get involved in the Advocacy & Action ministries. Sign up for the newsletter.

Mark your Calendars: 2024 Legislative Advocacy Days for federal legislation on Sept. 18; and for D.C. legislation on Oct. 23. 

Wellness and Missions

Mission u: The Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula-Delaware Conferences United Women in Faith and the BWC's Wellness and MIssions ministries will host Mission u at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum on July 20. Early bird registration, which closes on June 21, is $80 for adults, $40 for youth and $30 on Zoom. After that, the cost is $90 for adults, $45 for youth and $35 on Zoom. Learn more.   Register.

Applications for the BWC’s Quality of Life retreats for people living with HIV/AIDS, which will be held Sept. 12, and Dec. 9, are now online. Learn more and apply.

Young People's Ministry

Intergenerational VBS Retreat: Mount Vernon Place UMC at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW, and Dumbarton UMC, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW, in Washington, D.C., are collaborating on an intergenerational VBS Retreat Weekend using the "Just Like Me" curriculum from the Reconciling Ministries Network. The retreat will begin on June 14 at Dumbarton UMC with dinner at 6 p.m. and VBS programming from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The retreat will then continue on June 15 at Mount Vernon Place UMC, starting at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast and VBS programming from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The program will conclude on June 16 with a field trip, potluck picnic, and community celebration at a local community garden. Learn moreRegister.

Looking for mission opportunities for your youth?
Consider CAMP JOY 2024.  
For more than 30 years, youth groups from the Baltimore-Washington and Pen-Del Conferences have served the Appalachian region by providing home repairs. When they’re not working, the youth tent camp at Camp Harmison in Berkley Springs, W.Va. The camp is scheduled for July 7 - 13 and 14 - 20. For more information, visit the Hancock UMC website or contact Pastor Becki Wessinger at 301-678-6440. Join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7749106935?omn=86576751993; Meeting ID: 774 910 6935.

CAMP HOPE is a youth ministry in which teams of youth work with adult leaders from their church for one week to serve a homeowner in Allegany County with home improvement needs. This year’s two camping sessions, based in Frostburg, will be held the first two weeks of July. For more information, contact ​ .

New Faith Expressions

The So You Want to Repurpose Your Church event at Emory UMC in Washington, D.C., which was set for June 15, has been rescheduled for Oct. 19. Learn more and register.

Ignite Your Leadership Journey with SCD 2024: The School of Congregational Development is returning to Chicago this summer as SEE//CREATE//DISCIPLE (SCD) on Aug. 4-7 at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg,  IL. Learn more and register. Contact Rev. Bill Brown, Director of Innovative Evangelism if you have questions. Scholarships available.

Leadership

A.I.M. (Administrators in Ministry) is excited to announce, Walking by Faith, an in-person meeting on Thursday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All administrators in the UMC connectional structure are invited to participate. The event, which will take at the Conference Mission Center in Fulton, will include sessions on various topics in support of administrators taking their administry to the next level. The plenary speaker is Rev. Denise Norfleet-Walker, pastor of St. Paul Praise and Worship Center and Elderslie-St. Andrews UMCs in Baltimore. The cost is $35 for A.I.M. members and $60 for non-A.I.M. members. Learn more and register

Applications for the next class of Certified Lay Ministers of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, Class of 2024-2026, are now being acceptedLearn moreProspective CLM students must currently be a Certified Lay Servant or Certified Lay Speaker and must consult with their pastor before beginning the process. The website contains an application and information to be shared with your pastor, along with the steps and deadlines that must be taken before you can register for the first class. Registration closes July 1. The next class will start in September and is a two-year commitment. Questions can be directed to Linda Flanagan, Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries Note: Those interested in taking the CLM modules online through Beadisciple.com must also complete the application process above before registering for the online modules and meet the BWC requirements during the training.

Living Well Clergy Renewal Retreats: The Living Well Clergy Renewal Initiative is a seven-month cycle comprised of two retreats as well as monthly cohort meetings between the retreats to process learnings and support each other throughout the journey. This brand new spring-to-fall cycle will meet at West River Center on October 29-31, 2024. Successful completion of the Living Well program qualifies for 3.3 CEUs. Learn more and register now

Level Up: provides lessons in church leadership from the Rev. Jack Shitama of the Center of Vital Leadership. In these short videos, church leaders will discover some of the best and most influential principles in today’s secular writing about leadership. Learn from the experts about how to transform yourself and the world.  A new video will premiere each Monday.

A new Certificate in Congregational Leadership (CCL) program uses online learning to provide a comprehensive approach to developing leadership excellence in the local church. It is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of bi-vocational pastors, Certified Lay Ministers, and others interested in growing in their knowledge and faith. The courses, which take about 10 hours of work, can be taken for either personal enrichment or certification. Participants seeking certification must take the four required courses and at least one elective.  The courses focus on church administration, sacraments, pastoral care, Wesleyan theology, time management, and United Methodist history and doctrine. To access the core courses, you will need an account in  Assembly, the conference's electronic learning platform. If you do not have one, you can register directly on the site.

Across the Connection

Colonial Day at Strawbridge Shrine: Colonial Day will be held on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Strawbridge Shrine, 2650 Strawbridge Lane in New Windsor. Tour the historic 1760 home of Circuit Rider Robert Strawbridge, the first person to bring the Wesleyan Methodist movement to America. The day will also feature tours of two additional log buildings, exhibits/demonstrations of colonial skills, games for children, and period music.