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We have been fighting continual attacks on our website for several months. We have changed both the software and the format and hope that the site will be free from hackers for a while. As always, we strive to supply United Methodist Laity and all laity with useful information. Check back with us on a regular basis to see what new resources might be available to assist in your ministries. 

May Is Christian Home Month
Congregations are more aware than ever of the need to support
and strengthen families in order to create safe and nurturing
environments. We see as God’s desire a community where
peace is the rule and not the exception. We encourage you to
plan an annual Christian Home Month celebration as a way
to look at the needs of the family. Families come in all shapes
and sizes. As a collective unit, families can make tremendous
differences in their congregations and communities as
opportunities to meet God increase. Click for details

Use Technology to Extend Worship Beyond the Sanctuary
From United Methodist Communications

It is easy to compare your church to the mega-church down the street and jump into buying the latest worship presentation software, building a church app or even live-streaming worship services. None of these things is wrong, but if you focus your attention on the latest shiny object, you may forget what is important. Click for details

How to Stream Worship Beyond the Sanctuary
From United Methodist Communications

Using a simple Flip cam or digital recorder you can extend the reach of your message. The thought process, not the technology is important. Focus on WHOM you want to reach and WHAT the objective or purpose will be before deciding HOW you wish to reach people. This process can ensure you focus the right resources in the right way for maximum impact Click for details

Extend Worship to People With Disabilities By Tim Vermande 

Many of these people are limited more by the inaccessibility of a church's facilities and communication methods than their health or mobility. Barriers may include transportation, architectural features and communication. In some locations, weather can impose short-term challenges. Outreach must be encouraging, honest and welcoming. Click to read article

Communication Tools for Lay Members to Annual Conference
GBOD 2004

Lay members to annual conference are elected to represent a congregation in setting the conference's direction for mission and ministry. Each lay member will join other lay and clergy members in a time to worship God, learn about ministry God is calling the church to lead, set direction for the church, meet other United Methodists, and tend to administrative matters for ministry. The lay member has a responsibility to inform others in the local church about the experience. Here are some tools that will help. Click here for details

Exploring the Megachurch Phenomena
Scott Thumma, PhD

At its most basic descriptive level, a megachurch is a congregation which has two thousand or more worship attenders in a week. However, size alone is an insufficient characterization of this distinctive religious reality. The megachurch is a new structural and spiritual organization unlike any other. In order to understand fully the dynamics of megachurches, they must be seen as a collective social phenomenon rather than as individual anomalous moments of spectacular growth or uniquely successful spiritual entrepreneurial ventures. Click Here for More

Terms of a Just Resolution in the Matter of The Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree
From "The Vision"

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Warren Ogletree presided over the wedding of his son, Thomas Rimbey Ogletree, to Nicholas Haddad on Oct. 20, 2012. The service took place at the Yale Club in New York City. Subsequently, The Rev. Randall C. Paige, pastor of Christ Church in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., and the Rev. Roy E. Jacobsen, a retired pastor in the New York Annual Conference, filed a complaint against Rev. Ogletree after his son’s wedding announcement appeared on Oct. 21, 2012, in The New York Times. The complaint triggered a supervisory process conducted by Bishop Martin McLee of the New York Annual Conference and an attempt to find a just resolution among the parties.  When this process failed to yield such a resolution in the time period specified by the The Discipline of the United Methodist Church, Bishop McLee announced that he would refer the matter to a Counsel for The Church for further investigation. Click Here for More

Short Mission Trips When Money Is Tight
From United Methodist Communications
Your congregation has felt the effects of the economic downturn and your mission trips likely have as well. Don’t give up mission projects. Discover new ways to be in mission without spending as much.

Mission work is an important ministry in The United Methodist Church. Many congregations unite around mission endeavors. Scaling back the budget doesn’t mean you must reduce mission. Consider these alternatives for continued mission service.  Click for More

7 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Projected Worship Lyrics
From United Methodist Communications

In “Directions for Singing,” John Wesley wrote, “Sing lustily and with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength.” Today’s multimedia systems can assist by allowing everyone to see lyrics clearly as they lift their heads to sing. Learn from these tips on projecting lyrics and create a more hospitable environment for worship. Click for More

Top 10 UMC Facebook posts for your church
From United Methodist Communications

Does your church have a Facebook page? If you aren’t using Facebook, you may be missing out on a whale of an opportunity to communicate with your congregation through a channel that many people use every day.

As you seek to determine which communications tools to use to best get your message across and increase your reach, consider how your audience likes to receive information. Facebook now has more than 500 million active users, with the average user being connected to 80 pages, groups and events. People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. Click for More

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Local Church Officer Job Descriptions

May Is Christian Home Month

Use Technology to Extend Worship Beyond the Sanctuary

How to Stream Worship Beyond the Sanctuary

Extend Worship to People With Disabilities

Communication Tools for Lay Members to Annual Conference

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Alphabetical Listing of Positions
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Exploring the Megachurch Phenomena

Terms of a Just Resolution in the Matter of The Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree








Caring For God's Creation
March 29, 2014
9am to Noon

March 28-30, 2014

Contemporary Worship Conference

March 29, 2014
9:30 am to 9:30 pm

Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World
April 5, 2014
9 am to 3 pm

UMW National Assembly
(Kentucky Internat'l Cnv Cntr)

April 26, 2014

The Christian Small-Group Leader - Lay Servant Ministries Workshop
Canaan UMC
8:30 AM

Advanced Lay Servant Class Go Preach!
9:30 -Noon
United Church of Roscoe

Vacation Bible School 2014, Preview Workshops

April 12 and 26

United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth
July 6-12

Mission U
July 24-26, 2014