Basic Coach Training 2018

Basic Coach Training – October 8-9, 2018

change, systems, conflict…for good.

Basic Coach Training 2018  is a 2-day, in-person learning to help someone identify and clarify action plans to accomplish whatever that someone decides and is designed for friends, followers, leaders, colleagues, helpers and supervisors. Coaching is the art of asking open-ended questions that begin with “what,” “when,” “where” and “how.”

The event will be held at St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt MI (north of Lansing). The $40 registration fee includes meals and book. Overnight lodging is available at St. Francis Retreat Center for $35 a night.

Click here to register for Basic Coach Training .

Communicating Faith in the 21st Century

Communicating Faith in the 21st Century
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
10AM – 4PM
Michigan Area Ministry Center
1011 Northcrest, Lansing MI 48906

Is your church struggling to implement an online strategy that will attract new faces and keep your own congregation informed? Communicating Faith in the 21st Century is a United Methodist Communications (UMCOM) workshop that will teach how to effectively communicate in today’s society and to equip your faith community to share transforming stories.

This day-long program at the Michigan Area Ministry Center focuses on going beyond just having a church website to effectively implementing a broader online presence. Designed for those with limited social media experience, UMCOM will cover the basics of launching a successful online strategy that helps people connect with your church in a new way.

This workshop will also focus on implementing a broader online presence, using the social media tools of today. By engaging your audience online first, you extend your reach beyond Sunday services and expose your audience to your message before they visit your church.

The workshop is free. Lunch is $9.00. All materials will be provided. To register visit

How To Start a New Service in an Existing Church workshop

Are you thinking about adding an additional worship service?  Do you wonder where to begin, how to invite people?

Please join us for a workshop, How to Start a New Service in an Existing Church, a step by step process from planning to implementing.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

9:30 am – 4 pm

First United Methodist Church Adrian, 1245 Maple Ave., Adrian, MI 49221


The worship is being led by Cathy Towley, a coach and consultant in the area of worship and new church development.

Cost: $49 / individual  OR  $125 / team of 3 or more

Cost includes lunch and snacks

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Deadline by September 2, 2016

MultiSiting – Church Multiplication 2015 Conference

Get ready to grow your ministry one site at a time!

Multi-site ministry is one of the fastest growing new church movements. We’re bringing together many of the region’s top leaders in multi-site expansion to present creative ways to incorporate this new trend to you ministry development plans. Discover multiple ways Got’s hand is at work as churches incorporate multi-site strategies to expand and grow while reaching new and more diverse groups of people.

Explore how different churches approach multi-site ministry
On the first day, enjoy 30-minute overviews of each ministry and determine which two you want to explore in greater depth.

Dig deeper and learn more
On day two, you’ll take a deep dive into one ministry exploration workshop in the morning and a different one in the afternoon.

Begin planning your own multi-site ministry
Finally, on day three, you’ll begin to build a plan for your own multi-site ministry development, coached by those who are successfully getting it done in their communities.

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REGISTER TODAY!  Registrations will be taken through Nov. 6th.

Ministry WITH the Poor: Experiential Training

Diverse gifts strengthen the Body of Christ, helping us become local agents for community development and reconciliation. Explore how multicultural ministry can take your church community to the next level. Whether you yearn to take the next step in reaching out to a community that is different from the people who sit in the pews on Sunday, or are already engaged in multicultural, multi-class ministry and desire for it to grow deeper, this experience is for you!

This experiential training will focus on:

  • Embracing Diversity
  • Building Relationships Deep & Wide
  • Creating a Racially Diverse/Income Diverse Congregation
  • Diverse and Welcoming Worship to Strengthen Your Community
  • Launching Outreach Programs that Use Local Assets to Address Community Concerns
  • Engaging Partners that Support and Sustain Your Ministries Housing Development.

Limited # of scholarships are available!! (When the scholarships are gone, they are gone. Register early!! Check website for details.)

Airport: Port Columbus International Airport

Lodging: Holiday Inn Downtown Capitol Square, 175 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215. Room rate: $92.00 per day plus tax.


Pentecost Journey 2015 Workshop

A Workshop for Non-Hispanic/Latino Congregations Interested in Developing Hispanic/Latino Ministries

Sponsored by The West Michigan Conference Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries

This workshop is a ‘how to’ develop ministries with Hispanics and Latinos. You will learn about Hispanic/Latino culture, different models of ministry, and some challenges in developing the ministry.

At the end of the workshop, you will have completed a plan with first steps to reaching out and being in ministry with Hispanics/Latinos. This workshop is a safe space to come and ask questions and learn. You are invited to help fulfill God’s vision of the church that was born on that day on Pentecost, a “church for all nations” and “a church that affirms the cultural identities and not just the language of those among whom we are called to witness.”

It is recommended that each church bring a team of at least 3 people to the workshop.

The resource used for this workshop will be Pentecost Journey: A Planning Guide for Non-Hispanic/Latino Congregations.

Register now!