Ad-Ministry-ation: Advancing Ministry Achievement Through Effective Administration
Jim Neikirk, The Woodlands UMC
In-depth insights on church governance and administration, including management and how to run a productive meeting.
Capital Campaigns: Building a Solid Foundation for Church Growth
Gary Laugharn and Mark Merrill, The Woodlands UMC
Overview of planning, designing and implementing a capital growth program, as well as how to gain congregational support.
Considering a Columbarium: Bringing Christian Burial Back to the Church
Brent Thorson, Eickhof of Columbaria Inc.
Death Care is a huge part of the ministry that all churches provide. The rise in popularity of cremation and the use of a columbarium on church grounds is allowing many churches new ways to care for the deceased and grieving. Hear about the history of church burial, ways your church can bring a columbarium ministry home, and tour The Woodlands UMC columbarium.
Defending Your Ministry from Critical Risks
Paula Burns, Insurance One Agency
Gain practical tools to assist in reducing risk in the following critical areas of ministry: communicating with youth/social media risk, transportation risk, child protection policies, building use agreements, and special events.
Executive Pastor: If, When, Why, How?
Mike Bonem, Mike Bonem Consulting, LLC
It’s a trendy title, with a growing number of churches creating the role of executive pastor/director. But is it right for your church? We’ll explore what an executive pastor does and the rationale for creating the position. We’ll also look at the common reasons that it doesn’t work.
Why Give? Why Give Now? Growing a Culture of Stewardship and Generosity
Jim Sheppard, Generis
Get a snapshot of stewardship trends from fundraising consultant and Generis CEO, Jim Sheppard. Get practical, actionable ideas from churches that are doing well in developing generous people, including strategy development and building a culture of generosity.
The Big Question: Growing Churches or Growing People…or Growing Churches That Grow People?
J.D. Walt, Seedbed Publishing
Instead of asking, “How do we grow our church?” and examining the answers, we will ask, “How do we grow people?” and see where that leads us.
Bringing the Holy Seasons to Life for Children
Kasey Rogers, The Woodlands UMC
Learn how to create and teach fun, hands-on curriculum that brings special seasons like Advent and Lent to life for 3-year-olds through 6th graders. We’ll show you how to reach the whole family with activities, easy-to-follow calendars and an end-of-season family worship experience to tie it all together.
Building a Student Ministry that Balances Fun and Discipleship
Bob Swan, The Woodlands UMC
Hear The Woodlands UMC student ministry story and discover how to build a student ministry with a focus on Jesus that calls students to service, nurtures mature faith, and creates community.
Bypassing Disc Media: Discover On-Demand Bible Study Resources
Daniel Cooper, Right Now Media
Find out how to equip people in your congregation with digital resources such as Right Now Media.
The Confirmation Journey: Equipping Young Believers and Leaders in the Church
Jennifer Sims, The Woodlands UMC
Confirmation is more than just a classroom series — it’s a journey! Learn to engage not only students, but also the entire family, into a journey toward deeper faith and active discipleship. This workshop will be co-led with Susan Kent, Pastor of Worship.
Doing Life Together: Creative Bible Studies for Women
Jessica LaGrone, Asbury Theological Seminary
Explore ways to create relevant, meaningful and creative Bible study for women’s ministry. Combining elements of worship, teaching, community and story, you will find resources to take your study to a deeper level of experience together. Participate in creative exercises that you can take home and use, share ideas and find inspiration for the next great season of your ministry.
Engaging People in Their Golden Years: Senior Ministry
Don Meador, The Woodlands UMC
A general overview of what constitutes a dynamic ministry for, with, and by senior adults in a large church. A review of the activities and ministries offered at The Woodlands UMC will be included.
Essential Building Blocks for Children’s Ministry
Lori Trupp, The Church of The Resurrection
Enhance your children’s ministry with these essential elements and techniques.
Growing Bigger, Feeling Smaller: Connecting People Through Small Groups
Lauri Lueder and Rev. Elizabeth Moseley, Highland Park UMC
Hear the story of how Highland Park UMC, a 100-year-old church steeped in traditional Sunday School, developed its group ministry, successfully adding a small group component without sacrificing or compromising the Sunday morning education model. Learn what worked, what didn’t, and how they are using groups to help people grow in a relationship with Christ.
How Will We Ever Make Disciples of All These People?
Ken Werlein, Faithbridge Church
Large churches are tops at producing powerful worship experiences on Sunday, but rarely is discipleship more than an afterthought to “keeping the machine running.” Find out how to move disciple-making from the fringes to top priority. This seminar will focus on how God transformed one Houston church of 3,000 en route to prioritizing discipleship.
Imagine Real Influence: Stop Masquerading as a Giant
Leo Tyler, Healthy Soul
Transformative influence comes from an authentic heart overflowing with God’s compassion, connectedness and courage. Leaders who refuse total transormation masquerade and pray their underdeveloped self is never exposed. Learn to stop living in fear of exposure.
Men’s Ministry: Speaking to Men in Their Language
Rob Renfroe, The Woodlands UMC
Thirteen years ago, The Woodlands UMC began a ministry for men that brings together 500 guys weekly for study and service. In this workshop, you’ll find out what we have learned about attracting men to the church, helping them grow in their faith, and encouraging them to live a life of service.
Establishing Strategic and Effective Missions Ministries
Dr. John Hull, The Woodlands UMC
As churches grow, their missions ministries should also mature in direction and effectiveness. We’ll take a look at how your missions ministry can have a greater impact for the Kingdom of God.
Involving Your Church with Social Action
Dr. Michael Waters, Joy Tabernacle AME
Most churches struggle with developing social action ministries and preparing their members to engage in social action initiatives. We’ll explore biblical, historical and contemporary church engagements in social action and provide a methodology toward establishing ministries within the local church context, thus fulfilling God’s call to act justly and to show mercy.
Serving Locally: Meeting Community Need Through Local Missions
Susan Kent, The Woodlands UMC
Developing a practical local missions strategy and ways to market and manage your volunteers.
Building a Better Brand Through Visual Communication
Mike Sims and Scott Brinkmeyer, The Woodlands UMC
See how cohesive visual design can unify your church ministry graphics into a brand family that confirms messages instead of confusing. We’ll look at the strategic design approach The Woodlands UMC used to clarify and strengthen relationships between the ministries and the main church identity, and how you can do the same.
Cut the Clutter: Less Is More in Church Communications
Smart communication systems don’t have to be complicated. Learn to clear out the clutter and noise from your church communications and move beyond bulletins, brochures and bake sales.
Effectively Ministering to a Special Needs Community
Cheryl Vandiver, Highland Park UMC
A conversational-style discussion with audience participation covering an overview of programs within HPUMC Special Needs Ministry, the mission/purpose of special needs ministries, elements of start-up programs, and maintaining the ministry. Co-presented by Ramsey Patton.
Inviting Singles into the Church Family
Steve Lallier, White’s Chapel UMC
We will discuss experiences, insights gained and future plans from a church effectively ministering to singles. Learn about their specific needs that can be effectively served through a targeted, faith-based ministry that might not be met in traditional family and children-oriented programming. Also discover unique things they have to offer your community.
Keep Families Connected: Creating Space for Young Learners In Nursery, Preschool, and School Enviroments
Linda Wilmoth, The Woodlands UMC
Learn how to use your church’s facilities during the week to bring new families into your congregation through a Christian school. Linda will share about Children of The Woodlands, a preschool still going strong in its 36th year, and The Woodlands Methodist School, which already has 175 students in only three years.
Multi-Sites: A Conversation
Jeff Olive, Texas Annual Conference
A guided discussion and Q&A with several churches in the Texas Annual Conference that have or are in the process of implementing multiple church sites.
Mystery Worshippers: The Top Things Visitors Won’t Tell You about Why They Are Never Coming Back
Eric Kelly McFarland
This workshop will help you see how your church is viewed from the outside so you can serve others by making guests, seekers, and regular worshippers feel welcome and wanted. You will leave with a checklist so that you can have a mystery worshipper attend your church and hear first-hand about your congregation from a visitor’s point-of-view. Will your church pass the test?
Pastoral Care: Cultivating a Compassionate Community
Cliff Ritter, The Woodlands UMC
Discover implementation and support strategies for large membership congregations, volunteer recruiting and training methods that build a caring community of support, and how to develop and integrate a professional counseling center into the life of the church. Susan Jones, Director of Grace Point Counseling Center, will also speak.
The Social Church: Effective Online Strategy For Digital Communications
Justin Wise, Think Digital LLC
Web, email, and social media work best when an intentional process is steering the ship. Discover how to craft a system for your church’s social media and online content that gets the results you want.
Strategic Outreach Through Sports and Recreation Programming
Garrett Ritter, The Woodlands UMC
An interactive look at using recreation and fitness as an outreach ministry at your church. Key topics will include staff health, children’s and adult sports, fitness programming and partnering.
What I Don’t Know About Growing a Church
Dr. Ed Robb, The Woodlands UMC
Join Dr. Ed Robb as he shares wisdom and experiences from his 30+ years as senior pastor at The Woodlands UMC.
Fresh Ideas and Timeless Traditions: Creative Planning for Traditional Worship
David Hobson, Centenary College and First United Methodist Chruch, Shreveport
Multi-media presentation on creative worship planning in traditional worship.
Good News, Bad News: Ministering to Millenials
Mike Baughman, Union Coffee
Most churches say they want to connect with rising generations, but are rarely willing to take the steps necessary. This workshop will take an honest look — good news and bad — at the deep shifts necessary in order to engage rising generations. Hear lessons learned from 15 years in ministry with Millenials in traditional and non-traditional settings.
Setting the Stage for Success in Worship: Best Practices in Media
Mike Sims and Steven Bedingfield, The Woodlands UMC
It’s not about the equipment. Good production is built on intention and solid relationships. Presenters will share examples and best practices for worship production in any environment, with any budget.
Vamos a Adoremos Juntos: Starting a Spanish Language Service
Robert Lopez, Crossroads District, Rio Texas Conference
Learn from real-life stories of past and present Spanish/bilingual service starts and find out what the initial steps are to beginning a Spanish service.
What Can a Sermon Learn from a Song?
Jason Miller, Granger Community Church
The Wesley brothers invested in the power of songwriting, believing songs could form people in ways that sermons never would. But what if that could work the other way? Can preachers adopt the best intuitions and insights of songwriters in their sermons?