River Valley District Day

WhenSaturday, October 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
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WhereStewartville United Methodist Church
900 John Wesley Avenue NW
Stewartville, MN 55976-1646

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Phone(612) 230-6153
ContactLaurie Huston, District Administrative Assistant
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Connect: Join clergy and lay members of the River Valley District for a day of fellowship, worship and learning. Come for the whole day or stay for just part of the day.

Be Inspired: Keynote Speakers
  • Bishop Bruce Ough, Resident Bishop of Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area
  • Rev. Cynthia Williams, River Valley District Superintendent
  • 8:30-9 am: Gathering and coffee
  • 9-10 am: Morning worship-Bishop Ough preaching
  • 10-11:30 am: Breakout Session #1
  • 11:30 am-12:15 pm: Lunch
  • 12:15-1:45 pm: Breakout Session #2
  • 2-3 pm: Closing Worship-DS Cynthia Williams preaching
Register:  Be one of the first 10 to register and receive a free copy of Shift: Helping Congregations Back into the Game of Effective Ministry by Phil Maynard. Child care available if requested at time of registration.

Be Equipped: Breakout sessions relate to Phil Maynard’s book Shift: Helping Congregations Back into the Game of Effective Ministry
  • Fellowship to Hospitality - Hospitality goes far beyond greeting a visitor on Sunday morning. It includes the first impressions we make in our community, welcoming visitors, and enfolding them into the life of the congregation.  (Rev. Kelly Lamon and Katie Matson-Daley presenting) 
  • “Serve Us” to Service - Our Wesleyan heritage places a strong emphasis on “transforming the world”. Learn practical steps to shift from an inward to an outward focus.  (District Lay Leader Bob Newman presenting)  
  • “Leading the Charge without Getting Trampled” - Leading effectively through change is a critical skill for both clergy and laity.  Creating a sense of urgency, communicating well, inviting dialogue while managing the pace are a few of the practices covered in this session. (Revs. Luke & Bethany Nelson presenting)
  • Worship as a Lifestyle - Worship Services remain the “front door” to our Congregation. How can we make worship more engaging and transformational? (Revs. Cooper Wiggen & Elizabeth Macaulay presenting)  
  • Membership to Discipleship: A Blueprint for Discipleship - Discipleship is at the core of our mission. This session will help us gain clarity on what it means to make disciples and how to create a process for building disciples.  (Rev. Cindy Yanchury presenting)
  • Membership to Discipleship:  Effective Small Groups - The key tool for making disciples is small groups. Learn strategies for creating groups that minister to people at different stages of the discipleship journey, including “Connect” groups, “Growth” groups, and “Covenant” (accountability) groups.  (Rev. Nate Larson and Lindsey Nuehring presenting)
Cost: $20 per person (includes lunch)
Deadline: October 02, 2017 08:00 AM

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404


(612) 870-0058