DISTRICT TRAINING WORKSHOPS
We are committed to providing high quality training to help equip clergy and laity across our district. We provide a variety of workshops throughout the year in various locations. Most training events are open attendance, but individual churches can also request on site training for their specific church/committees/groups. If you have a need for a specific type of training to be held for and at your church please e-mail your request to email@example.com – please include the time frame, location, training topic, length of training & number of people to be trained. Below is a list of workshops for 2017. Workshops are added to the schedule throughout the year and advertised on our web page and e-mail updates.
District Wide Training Events:
Nov, 2017 – “Leading Prayer” Lay Servant Ministries Course (date & location TBD)
Aug 5, 2017 – SOUL CARE Training Event (Harbor UMC)
Jul 22, 2017 – “Lay Preaching” Lay Servant Ministries Course (Trinty UMC, Elizabethtown)
Mar 29, 2017 – Laity Leaders Training for Lay Leaders, SPRC & Church Council Chairs (Hallsboro UMC)
Mar 25, 2017 – Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course (Wesley Memorial UMC)
Mar 25, 2017 – “UMC History” Lay Servant Ministries Course (Wesley Memorial UMC)
Mar 4, 2017 – Lay Leader Rally & Training (Wallace UMC)
Feb 18, 2017 – Laity Leader Training for Lay Leaders, SPRC & Church Council Chairs (Wesley Memorial UMC)
Feb 18, 2017 – Laity Leader Training for Lay Leaders, SPRC & Church Council Chairs (Burgaw UMC)
LAY LEADER BASIC TRAINING COURSE
If you have been elected to serve as your church’s Lay Leader for 2013, please join us for our Harbor District Lay Leader Basic Training course. The job of Lay Leader is a broad and important one. There are many things a Lay Leader must know and understand in order to best serve in this position. There are also certain skills which a Lay Leader should develop and utilize during their time in the position. This course is designed to provide you with the essential information and skills that you’ll need to serve in this critical position. Our streamlined course structure will enable us to focus on the most important information in the least amount of time. Your trainers for this course will be Harbor District Superintendent Francis Daniel, Harbor District ADS Pat Litzinger and Harbor District Lay Leader Lynn Shuffler.
- Overview of foundation and theology of Methodism
- Role and responsibilities of a local church Lay Leader
- Overview of the structure and functions of church committees
- What’s in the Book of Discipline?
- Supporting your pastor(s)
- Creating Effective Covenants To Reduce Conflict
- Building a “Disciple Making Culture” in Harbor District (includes an intro to 3DM “Life Shapes” & Huddles)
- All participants will receive the newly published Lay Leaders “Guidelines” handbook
S/PPRC MEMBER BASIC TRAINING COURSE
This course will cover the most important information that S/PPRC members will need to know in order to serve in the position. The format will be different from those done in years past and will include quite a bit of new material. Our goal is to provide you with instruction that’s packed with useful information and resources. This course is intended for all who will serve on S/PPRC’s in 2013 regardless of whether you’ve attended previous training. Clergy should attend as well if possible. Your trainers for this course will be Harbor District Superintendent Francis Daniel and Harbor District ADS Pat Litzinger.
COMBINED LAY LEADER & S/PPRC CHAIR TRAINING COURSE (New in 2014)
A focused and concise course which equips attendees with very helpful knowledge and resources. This is not a workshop were we will examine each topic in great detail. Instead we focus on communicating to you the most essential points and providing various reference sources should you need further detail. This workshop will include new information that was not covered in our 2013 Lay Leader Training and S/PPRC Workshops, so it is NOT only for folks who are new in their positions of January 1. A workshop is being offered in each sub-district and while it’s preferred that you attend the one held in your sub-district, you are free to attend whichever one your schedule allows. The content and format will be the same for each. You will also have an opportunity to meet and speak with your District Superintendent, Assistant to the Superintendent, District Lay Leader and the Associate District Lay Leader for your sub-district (if you attend the workshop in your sub-district). Clergy are welcome to attend if they like.
- What is a local church Lay Leader and what does the position involve?
- What is the role of the Associate District Lay Leaders (ADLL) in Harbor District?
- What are the key responsibilities of an SPRC/PPRC Chair?
- What are the critical tasks of the SPRC/PPRC and during what time of year do they occur?
- What are some of the most prominent human needs within the Harbor District boundaries?
- What mission opportunities exist for churches in our district to help meet these needs?
- What outward facing opportunities can the Congregations For Children initiative provide churches?
- What do Lay Leaders and SPRC/PPRC Chairs need to know about the Lay Servant Ministries program?
- Why do disciple making churches use a balance of “attractional” and “missional ” approaches?
- What reference materials and training resources exist that would be helpful to Lay Leaders and SPRC/PPRC Chairs and their committees in 2014?
BASIC TECHNOLOGY SKILLS TRAINING
Need to beef up your technology skills? Or maybe even start from scratch? You can do it and we will help you! If you are like many of us, it can be challenging to keep up with all of the developments in the world of technology. However, once learned, basic technological skills can help you to communicate in a more efficient and timely way with your congregations, co-workers, family and friends. In this training workshop we will lay the foundation on which you can build your technology skills. Your trainers for this course will be NC Conference Director of Information technology, Douglas Ward and Harbor District ADS Pat Litzinger.
THIS TRAINING IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BUILD ON THE BASIC SKILLS THAT THEY ALREADY HAVE AND ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIMITED TECHNOLOGY SKILLS. WE WILL GO THROUGH THE MATERIAL SLOWLY SO THAT YOU CAN EASILY FOLLOW ALONG AND ASK QUESTIONS AS NEEDED.
- Overview of common technological communication methods – What is emailing; texting; tweeting; teleconfercing; blogging; IMing; chatting (and more)?
- Overview of common technological equipment – What is ”a desktop,” “a laptop,” “a Notebook,” “an IPad,” “a Tablet,” “a Smart Phone;” ”a Droid,” (and more)?
- Can any of these things help me? Some may – some may not.
- What are my options for setting up an e-mail account if I don’t already have one – or if I do have an account but want to switch providers?
- What technology tools and equipment is our conference using?
- How to use Google Mail (explanation and hands on practice of features and functions)
- How to use Google Hangouts (explanation and hands on practice of features and functions) – a significant amount of time will be spend on this skill
- Helpful references and resources to get help when you need it ( we will give you various helpful handouts etc.)
This training workshop will be led by our Conference Director of IT, Douglas Ward. Harbor District ADS, Pat Litzinger, will also assist with the training.
CHURCH HOSPITALITY TRAINING
What are the critical factors for bringing more people to Christ and to our churches? In this training workshop we will examine the answers to a number of important questions…
- What are the key factors that drive a person who visits your church to return and then eventually join the church?
- What people, processes and resources can you put into place to create a more welcoming and hospitable atmosphere in your church?
- What can you do to make that all important “connection” with visitors/guests at your church?
- Once new members join, how do you get them “plugged in” and involved?
- What does it mean to be a disciple?
- What does it mean to “make disciples?”
- As witnesses for Jesus Christ, how can we become more comfortable sharing our faith with others?
- How can we create a culture of discipleship by emphasizing and celebrating outward acts of witnessing?
- How do we balance “attractional” and “missional” efforts?
The content of this training will include information drawn from a number of great resources to include examples of best practices used by some of our own Harbor District churches. The training will focus on giving you specific “how to” suggestions from which you can build your church’s strategy.
While this training is primarily designed for clergy, Lay Leaders and chairs/members of committees such as Evangelism, Welcoming & Hospitality, Witness, S/PPRC any laity are welcome to attend. Your trainers for this course will be Harbor District Superintendent Francis Daniel and Harbor District ADS Pat Litzinger.
BUILDING A DISCIPLING CULTURE IN HARBOR DISTRICT
Training on utlizing 3DM “Life Shapes” and Huddles to move from a primarily attractional based focus to a more missional based focus will be offered as part of various Harbor District training events throughout the year. If your church is interested in having a 90min on-site training workshop specifically on this topic, please e-mail your request to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – include date/time options and also the number of people you expect to attend. For more details on 3DM, Life Shapes and Huddles go to: http://harbordistrictnc.org/huddle-info/
Your trainers for this course will be Harbor District Superintendent Francis Daniel and Harbor District ADS Pat Litzinger.
“Church families” are comprised of various “types” of people – each with a unique work style, skill set and collection of natural strengths. Each person also has a preferred style of communicating and certain habitual behavioral tendencies. This variety can create great value if people understand, appreciate and utilize their differences. However, it can also lead to great conflict if not understood.
The DISC Model of Human Behavior is simple, yet powerful personality assessment tool that equips pastors, staff members, lay leaders and church members to create a constructive understanding of those with whom they worship, work, lead, minister and disciple. It can not only help people to communicate better, but it can help them to develop a deep appreciation for one another’s differences . . . their unique gifts and graces.
Example areas in which DISC training might benefit your church:
- Staff Development (Enhancing Staff Cohesion, Communication & Working Relationships)
- DISC Leadership Development Applications (for groups like church leadership teams, Committees of Nominations & Leadership Development, S/PPRC’s etc.)
- DISC Applications For Evangelism, Welcoming & Witness Ministries
- Missions Team Development (great for helping mission teams bond as they prepare to go on mission)
If your church is interested in having an on-site training workshop focused on one of the areas listed above (or something else you have in mind), please e-mail your request to us at email@example.com – include: focus area, date/time options and also the number of people you expect to attend. We will work with you to customize the training to suit your specific needs and goals. Your trainer for this course will be Harbor District ADS Pat Litzinger.
LAY SERVANT MINISTRIES TRAINING COURSES
The Lay Servant Ministries program is the primary vehicle for providing standardized training to laity across the Untied Methodist denomination. The program includes a wide variety of classroom and online training courses for laity. For more information on Lay Servant Ministries and Harbor District’s Lay Servant Ministries program please click on the link below:
SAFE SANCTUARIES TRAINING
To request a district Safe Sanctuaries trainer to come to your church to conduct Safe Sanctuaries training, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org