Grand Traverse Main Event: Storytelling – Make Plain the Vision

Storytelling – Make Plain the Vision! 

Ray Buckley, author and storyteller, is joining us from Alaska.

Briefly, our schedule for the day: registration 9:00 and opening music at 9:30 – 10:00, keynote speaker Ray Buckley, mission grant highlights at 11:15 along with the business of district conference. Lunch at 12:30. Then we have 5 exciting workshops:

Ray Buckley: Storytelling for Pastors and Worship Leaders

Ray will help us tell our stories in regard to sharing the Vision or the Passion that we feel for our churches and for Jesus Christ.  What are our core values and aspirational values–and how do we shorten the gap between who we are and who we believe God is calling us to be?

Rev. Dr. Charles Boayue, Jr.: The Bible: The Story of Call

This workshop will present a unique way to understanding Holy Spirit as God’s Call on us.  The presenter will share his call story and examine how the Holy Bible is God’s call on us through story-telling.  Come, relax, and see how God invites us to enter the story before it is over.

Jan Huffman: Intergenerational Story Telling

Stories shape our identity and help us connect across the generations.  Stories also nurture faith.  They bless and strengthen the Body of Christ. We will, together, start with our stories and continue finding more opportunities and resources for next steps.

Frankfort UMC:  The Art of Listening

Know this, my dear brothers and sisters; everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak.  James 1:19a

This workshop will offer practical ways to improve your listening skills as well as stressing the importance of being a good listener. Learn how to effectively use listening skills to help explore content, feelings, and spiritual concerns.

 Melanie Young: Archiving Church Stories – What Do We Keep?

Pastor Melanie is the chairperson of the Conference Commission on Archives and History. Does your church struggle with what to do with those files that keep piling up? Are you running out of space? Do you know what to do with old pictures or newsletters? Come and get your questions answered.

Closing worship with communion at 2:30.

Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $10 which includes lunch. Please let your church office or pastor know that you are coming. Reservations can be called into the district office.