GPUMC NETWORK LEADERS with Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. from Great Plains UMC on Vimeo.
What is a network?
- A network is a celebration of connectedness as small groups of leaders come together for covenant, accountability, resource and mission to the community.
- A network leader is positive, eager to gather United Methodist leaders together more than in the local area to identify issues and address ways to work together collaboratively and on the same United Methodist team.
We are Wesleyan. We are connected. We work together in circuits/networks. We are not in isolation or competition, and can harness our efforts for the greater good in our communities.
How do we see each other as colleagues and work in our communities as leaders in the United Methodist Church who are connected to one another? We bring to the table a pastor and lay representative from each church to envision, collaborate and see how to make an impact in the areas to which we are sent.
Network Leaders meet regularly with the DS on behalf of the network.
- Schedule meetings for the year, to allow for planning around them.
- Connect with people not at the meetings.
- Pray for one another in-between meeting times.
- Send minutes from the network meetings to the DS.
Materials for Getting Started
Choose from your District Strategies to come up with your local churches’ goals.
Each District is called to have a District Strategy, with the District Superintendent being the Missional Strategist. Check out your District Strategy below:
Grants for Networks
- Social Justice Seed Money
- Missions (Domestic and International)
- Young Adult Cohort
- Campus Ministry/Community College
- Youth Service Fund
- Education Partnership
- Fresh Expression
- Disaster Relief
Find descriptions of each of these grants here.
List of Networks
There are 120 networks. Which one are you in? Here are the networks by district:
Other Conferences who are also doing networks:
Evaluating Your Network