Basic Coach Training 2018

Basic Coach Training – October 8-9, 2018

change, systems, conflict…for good.

Basic Coach Training 2018  is a 2-day, in-person learning to help someone identify and clarify action plans to accomplish whatever that someone decides and is designed for friends, followers, leaders, colleagues, helpers and supervisors. Coaching is the art of asking open-ended questions that begin with “what,” “when,” “where” and “how.”

The event will be held at St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt MI (north of Lansing). The $40 registration fee includes meals and book. Overnight lodging is available at St. Francis Retreat Center for $35 a night.

Click here to register for Basic Coach Training .

Midwest District Lay Servant Classes

FALL 2018 ⇒ Grand Haven Dunes UMC

Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 from 7-9pm

Classes Offered:

  • Basic
  • Advanced: Worship Planning/Design
  • Advanced: Storytelling (Don Williams, instructor)

2 ways to register:

Online ⇒ HERE

Paper ⇒ HERE

Lay Servant Classes are open to anyone regardless of the district in which your church resides. The fee for all classes is $25 and includes class materials and refreshments. You may pay the $25 fee at the first class on October 2, but you MUST register for your class either online or paper. Please arrive at 6:30pm on October 2 for orientation. Registration deadline is September 15. Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt prattgji09@gmail.com, 616.292.4908. Registration process questions? Please contact Liz at lbode@michiganumc.org, 616.459.4503 ext. 1211.

Farewell Service & Reception for Bill Haggard

A farewell service and reception for retiring Grand Rapids District Superintendent, Bill Haggard is Sunday, May 6 from 3-5pm at Georgetown UMC (2766 Baldwin St., Jenison, 49428). All GR District clergy and laity are invited and encouraged to attend the special service and reception being planned by the GR District Superintendency Committee. Questions? Please contact Liz in the GR District Office at 616.459.4503 or lbode@michiganumc.org.

New District #4 Organizing Conference

New District #4 will not be an official entity until July 1, 2018, but much work needs to be done in order to facilitate this change!  District #4 is one of the new nine Districts in the Michigan Conference. New District #4 includes 91 churches, 80 charges in the middle to west, central part of our state.

An organizing conference for New District #4 will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 4-5:30pm at Greenville UMC (204 West Cass Street, Greenville, MI  48838). Please plan to attend if you are clergy or laity in a local church that will become part of New District #4.  No RSVP’s are necessary! New District #4 DS Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford and current GR DS Rev. Bill Haggard will lead this important organizing conference. Please bring a small container of water from your area, preferably from a lake, river, or steam. It will be used for a remembrance of baptism during this conference. 

View District #4 churches → HERE

At the organizing conference leaders will be elected for the following Discipline required areas:

  1. Superintendency Committee (5-9 persons)
  2. District Committee on Ministry (7-12 persons)
  3. District Board of Church Location & Building (7-10 people)

And this initial team along with these positions:

  1. Vision Team (8-12) persons who will serve as the leadership body as we determine what we need going forward)
  2. Co-Lay Leaders (2)
  3. Treasurer (hopefully a volunteer who can care for the administration of the District budget as all Districts become incorporated)

Also on the agenda will be the selection of a name for District #4. District #4 is comprised of parts of 3 prior Districts (Grand Rapids, Grand Traverse, Heartland).

The names under consideration for New District #4 are below:

  • Grand West District
  • West Grand District
  • Midwest Grand District
  • Grand Midwest District
  • Great Rivers District

Questions? Please contact Liz in the GR District Office at lbode@michiganumc.org or 616.459.4503.

Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop

On Saturday, April 21, Cornerstone UMC: 84th Street Campus will host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop from 9:00 AM–1:00 PM. Registration is from 8-9 AM. This half-day, three-session workshop is designed to help congregations catch a vision for strengthening their caring ministry through equipping laypeople as caregivers. During this event, participants will also develop care-giving skills they can use right away. The cost of this workshop is $15 per person or $50 for a group of four or more from the same congregation. For more information or to register for this half-day Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop, call Stephen Ministries at (314) 428-2600 or visit www.stephenministry.org/workshop.

Register ⇒ HERE

Grand Rapids District Jubilee Celebration

Celebrating 50 Years of Vibrant Ministry

Join the celebration on Saturday, January 27 from 9am-Noon at GR First UMC. A worship service is planned to celebrate the ministry of the Grand Rapids District as the Michigan Area becomes one new conference. Bishop Laurie Haller will be part of the worship celebration! The Jubilee concludes with a buffet luncheon for $8.

Click HERE to register for this special event!

GR District Fall 2017 Lay Servant Classes

Rockford UMC
Tuesday’s, October 3, 10,1 7, 24
$25 fee includes your materials

7-9pm (Oct. 3 start time is 6:45pm to accommodate registration)

Classes Offered:

  • Basic Class: (Keith Caldwell, instructor)
  • Advanced Class: Wesleyan Heritage (Jody Pratt/Sara Wolfsen, instructors)
  • Advanced Class: Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation (Don Williams, instructor)

Registration is by phone or email to Jody Pratt, and begins August 1. Deadline to register is September 15. Classes must have at least 10 participants to be held. Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt via email prattgji09@gmail.com or phone 616.292.4908. Click HERE for reminder flyer to print/post.

GR District Fall 2017 Lay Servant Classes

Rockford UMC
Tuesday’s, October 3, 10,1 7, 24
$25 fee includes your materials

7-9pm (Oct. 3 start time is 6:45pm to accommodate registration)

Classes Offered:

  • Basic Class: (Keith Caldwell, instructor)
  • Advanced Class: Wesleyan Heritage (Jody Pratt/Sara Wolfsen, instructors)
  • Advanced Class: Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation (Don Williams, instructor)

Registration is by phone or email to Jody Pratt, and begins August 1. Deadline to register is September 15. Classes must have at least 10 participants to be held. Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt via email prattgji09@gmail.com or phone 616.292.4908. Click HERE for reminder flyer to print/post.