Laity Summit Workshops

Workshop Schedule

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Breakout Session 1

1 - 2:15 p.m. Breakout Session 2

* If issues arise, reach out to:

  • Donna Ernest – Great Plains Conference Office - 785-414-4242

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Workshop Description and Speaker Bios

Connections – Pastor Kevin Dixson

Connections is a multidenominational group of young adult leaders, whose purpose is to connect with one another, to connect with God, and to connect others with God. A variety of topics and formats have been used, including leadership activities and discussions, videos and Bible Study. Members of the group come from widely diverse locations and churches.

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Mission Insite Review – Rev. Nicole Conard

Would you like to know more about the people in your community and how view see faith? This FREE resource for every congregation shares the demographics of your community from US Census and Experian company for the United Methodist Church. Come and find out a whole new way of reaching out and seeing your community in new ways all around you! Use this resource in conversations in your church for a lasting impact for both now and the future.

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Embracing Cultural Diversity – Rev. Kathy Williams, Rev. Chris Jorgensen and Rev. Peter Karanja

How do we create cultures of belonging so everyone can flourish? Why is it important for us to become bridge builders in our community? When we become aware of our own cultural identity and purpose, and we value and honor the cultural differences of others, we all grow and thrive. Learn the important steps of becoming a servant leader who grows in intercultural competency and intentionally creates spaces embracing the diversity of all God’s people. Parts of this session will include information shared during AC 2022.

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Getting Past Burnout and Frustration in Church Life – Rev. Rick Saylor

These are challenging times in congregational life, especially for you as a leader and disciple of Jesus. This self care workshop will explore together ways to build emotional resilience, renew your energy and recover your motivation as a lay leader and member in your congregation. Attention will also be given to balancing your rhythm of "doing" and "being" as a leader.

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Methodist 101 – Randall Hodgkinson

There is a lot of information and disinformation circulating about what United Methodists believe and whether it is changing. Randall will present a workshop where we will learn about United Methodist polity, focusing on our doctrines and how we decide those doctrines.

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Laity: Leading, Caring, Communicating, and Dreaming Big! – Jeanie Leeper, Pastor Chad Boling, Rev. Cindi Stewart and Bryan Hankins, CLM

God has great plans for the church! Do you dream about great plans for the church? Join us as we discuss how we can connect and grow together.  So that we – Partners in Ministry – will be perfectly prepared and fully equipped to do every task God calls each of us to do.

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Through the Ages – Rev. Amy Foster and Laity from Sterling UMC

Hear stories and inspiration from a panel of laity, church staff and clergy at Sterling UMC about innovative ways to connect the generations in your church and community to build up and strengthen relationships with God and one another.

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Discovering Joy in 3 Movements – Rev. Karen Rice Ratzlaff

How can we discover joy when people aren't coming to church anymore? What can we do when no one shows up to our great programs? What do we do with who we have left? Where might God's spirit be leading my church? Come and hear from some lay folks who are shifting the way they see and think about ministry, trying some experiments along the way, and discovering joy again.

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Resources Galore from the Great Plains Conference – Rev. Jeff Clinger

The states of Kansas and Nebraska are full of a rich variety of resources. In the Great Plains Conference, our people and our churches are our greatest assets. It is the aim of the annual conference staff and leadership to provide support and resources to help the people and churches of the Great Plains leverage all the gifts they already have to do ministry in and with their community. In this workshop, Jeff Clinger, Director of Congregational Excellence and Connectional Ministries, will provide an overview of the various resources and connections available to people and churches in the conference.

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