Equipping the Saints Workshop

“Equipping the Saints for the work of Service, to the building up of the body of Christ” Ephesians 4:12

Kerrville District Leadership Training
Saturday, January 16, 2010
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
321 Thompson Drive, Kerrville

District Event Offers Opportunities for Learning!

Equipping the Saints 2010 has a great lineup of workshops and classes.  There is something for everyone in your church!

This year, E.T.S. will be in Kerrville.  We have plenty of space for plenty of people!

Some of our workshops are “old favorites” and some are brand new and exciting.

Our presenters are a great group of talented and experienced lay people and clergy from around the Kerrville District and the Southwest Texas Conference.

We are combining our “Equipping the Saints” training day and our District Laity Awards Banquet again this year.

Kerrville District Laity Awards Banquet

On January 16, 2010, in conjunction with the annual Equipping the Saints workshops, our Bishop Jim Dorff and our District Superintendent Rev. Bob Allen will recognize outstanding United Methodists from all over the district.

Every church was given the opportunity to make nominations for the Bishop’s Exemplar Award, which honors dedicated lay people who serve faithfully, joyfully, and in ways that serve as examples for Christian living.  All nominees will be recognized by the Bishop, and are urged to attend.

The celebration will be held at 11:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A great lunch will be provided at a cost of $12.00 for all who attend.

An R.S.V.P. is required for lunch. Call the District Office at (830)896-6400 (no later than January8th).

That is your only cost for the day since the workshops are free!


Finance Committee

This session will help church treasurers and Finance Committee members learn the duties and responsibilities of that committee. It will also provide information about apportionments and benevolences.

Session Leader is Rev. George Joehnk of Methodist Healthcare System.  He serves on the SWTC Council on Finance and Administration..

The Pastor-Parish Relations Committee

The Discipline of the UMC says that the PPR Committee shall “Confer and counsel with the pastor and staff in making an effective ministry, keeping the pastor and staff advised concerning conditions within the congregation as they affect relationships between the pastor and the people.”

This session, led by Kerrville District Superintendent Rev. Bob Allen, will give attendees information on how to make this work, and how to do effective pastor evaluations.

Session leader is Rev. Bob Allen. He is the Kerrville District Superintendent.

The Role of the Trustees in the Local Church

What exactly ARE the Trustees supposed to do?  Are they the ones that “fix things around the property?” How do the Trustees and the Church Board and the Pastor work together?  Are there legal issues involved? These questions and more will be answered in this session.

Session leader is Larry Harrison, a member of Junction UMC and Chair of the Southwest Texas Conference Board of Trustees

Stewardship:  Not Just An Annual Campaign

Too often we confuse the Annual Financial Campaign with Stewardship.  This workshop will explore ways to introduce Stewardship as a process for teaching a lifestyle that honors God with our gifts of prayers, presence, gifts and service.

Session leader is Ed Engleking, Texas Methodist Foundation Senior Executive Stewardship Consultant.  He helps congregations identify their funding needs and design stewardship strategies.


Serving (Not Just Surviving) Through Shared Ministries

This session is for churches (under 100 in worship) that are struggling with declining membership and the rising costs of ministry yet want to be effective today in reaching people for Jesus Christ.  This workshop is an overview of the day-long seminar presented last fall by Julie Kuhn-Wallace and based on her book Partnersteps.  Discussions will include ways to assess your congregation’s vitality and readiness for sharing ministry and the benefit and types of cooperative ministry.

Session leader is Rev. Nancy McDougall, Ordained Deacon in the SWTC.  She provides resources in Christian Education to small and mid-sized churches.

F.A.I.T.H. 5 – Faith Acts in the Home

As churches, we need to be about equipping parents to meet their biblically mandated responsibility of passing on their faith to their children.  One or two hours a week on Sunday mornings is not enough.  Learn techniques to get the whole family engaged, and hear about the UM pastor who has 90 % of his dads engaged in weekly spiritual formation groups.

Session leader is Rev. Nancy McDougall, Ordained Deacon in the SWTC.  She provides resources in Christian Education to small and mid-sized churches.


Information Session about District Disaster Response Program

In this session, we’ll discuss the types of incidents our district’s churches are most likely to encounter, and ways a local church can meet the needs of itself, its members, and its community…and what makes it our job. We also will cover resources a local church can put in place now to reduce its own vulnerability to disaster, and resources the church can call on both before and after the incident.

Session will be led by George Barnette. He is the Kerrville District Disaster Response Coordinator. He is a former FEMA disaster assistance employee and is a semi-retired crisis public communication consultant. George is founder of the Blanco County Disaster Response Group, based at the FUMC in Johnson City, which trains its members for a variety of roles in disaster response in the Hill Country.

Volunteers in Mission

What is VIM?  How do you get started?  How do you form teams and what teams are available in our area?

Session leaders are Judy Hutcherson, RN. of Fredericksburg UMC and Dr. Mickey Little of FUMC Johnson City.  Both are very active in Missions and VIM projects.

Local Missions and Outreach

The purpose of this session is to help local church Missions Committees to identify and select ministries hat can impact the community.  We will identify how the Angel Food Ministry allows a church to both create and benefit multiple local ministries.

Session Leaders are Dr. David Pope of St. Paul’s UMC, Kerrville and Bill Dunn of First UMC, Kerrville.  Dr. Pope has been instrumental at organizing Mission Trips for within our conference and in New Mexico.  Mr. Dunn chairs the Outreach Ministries Committee at FUMC, Kerrville..

Guidelines for Lay Leaders – Leading Your Congregations.

Includes the roles and responsibilities of Lay Leader, Lay Members to the Annual Conference and Lay Speakers.  We will review essential leadership functions, spiritual disciplines, and resources available for further study.  Pray for guidance of the Holy Spirit during this important Session

Session leader is Bob Molder. He is the Kerrville District Lay Leader and serves on the Leadership Development Committee.  Bob is a member of First UMC, Kerrville.

United Methodist Women

Kerrville District UMW will present a classroom format education program to educate the attendees as to the purpose of United Methodist Women.  Working for spiritual, social, and environmental improvement in the lives of children, youth, and women is our purpose and we will explain how we accomplish this in this session.

Led by current Kerrville District UMW President, Schatzie Norris.  Schatzie leads 29 UMW units in their mission of being about mission locally and around the world.  She is a member of Gaddis Memorial UMC in Comfort.

United Methodist Man

United Methodist Men (UMM) –

What is it?  What’s its history?

Individual MAN, as well as, church GROUP involvement with UMM.

Ask not – What will UMM do for me?

Ask What will I do for UMM?

This session will be led by Kerrville District UMM President,  Harold Hollister, Jr, who is also a member of FUMC, Lampasas, and his son Harold Hollister III, member of FUMC Pearsall and serves as Lay Speaker.

Imagine No Malaria

In this course, participants will learn how The United Methodist Church is bringing hope and healing to the children of Africa through Imagine No Malaria, a program of the Global Health Initiative.  Imagine No Malaria combines prevention activities, continuing community education and treatment with the massage of Christ, aimed at ending the grip of malaria on the continent of Africa by 2015.  This program brings the work started by the popular Nothing But Nets campaign to completion.

This will be a hands-on workshop, equipping lay speakers with talking points and effective delivery techniques for a variety of audiences.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice a short speech in breakout groups, and to offer support and constructive critique to peers.

Upon completion, lay speakers will be able to bring the healing message of Imagine No Malaria back to their home church and to other churches in the district, serving as leaders in this effort.

Laura Meengs, Field Director for Imagine No Malaria, joins us from United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.  She has been at work in the Kerrville District since October, presenting Imagine No Malaria to churches throughout the district and helping to encourage and excite pastors and lay people to take an active role in fighting malaria on the continent of Africa.

Rethink Church

Powered by the Holy Spirit, “Rethink Church” serves as a catalyst that moves the denomination, and those we hope to reach, into dialogues – and ultimately, into transformative, collaborative action.  What if church were a verb?  What would it look like?  Learn more about “Rethink Church” and what steps you can take to get your ministry ready, tools to help carry the vision of “church” as a verb.  How can we open hearts, open minds, and open doors?

Rev. Danette Howell, senior pastor at Weimer United Methodist Church will present this session.
Four Areas of Focus
The Four Areas of Focus for 2009-2012 of The United Methodist Church are

  1. Creating new places for new people and revitalizing existing congregations
  2. Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world
  3. Engaging in ministry with the poor
  4. Combating the diseases of poverty by improving health globally.

Come and learn how your congregation can work to make this a reality.

Beverly Silas will present this session.  She lives in Austin, Texas and is active on many levels of the United Methodist Church – locally, district and conference wide.  She is the recipient of the 2002 Award of Merit from the National Women of Achievement.


Morning Session

10:00 to 11:30

Sessions offered:


Guidelines for Lay Leaders


Rethink Church

Four Areas of Focus

Serving (Not Just Surviving) Through Shared Ministries

Imagine No Malaria

Local Missions and Outreach

District Celebration Banquet

11:45 to 1:00

Served in the Fellowship Hall.

Reservations are requested in advance.

Afternoon Sessions I and II

1:15 to 2:00 and 2:15 to 3:00

Sessions offered:

F.A.I.T.H. 5  – Faith Acts in the Home

Small Membership Churches (II)

Youth Ministry (II)

UMW (I and II)

UMM (I and II)

Volunteers in Mission (1)

District Disaster Relief Information (II)

Stewardship – Not Just an Annual Campaign (I and II)



Mail this form to the:

Kerrville District Office

222 Sidney Baker South, Suite 528

Kerrville, TX 78028

– or register by phone at 830-896-6400.

Pre-registration with a check for all banquet reservations will ensure a speedy check-in.

Persons registering at the door will be seated at the banquet on a space-available basis;

To secure a meal, contact the District Office by January 8, 2010.

Please make checks payable to “Kerrville District” – $12.00 per person.


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