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Nuts and Bolts For Laity
Friday, August 7, 2020 to Saturday, August 8, 2020

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This is a virtual workshop. Connection information will be sent to registrants.



Terry Sullivan

Are you interested in expanding your personal ministry beyond the pews? This virtual workshop looks into the various ways Laity can engage in ministry within their church community. Members of the Minnesota Annual Conference Lay Ministries Team share insights on: ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic, care ministry, technology, public speaking, our history as Methodist laity, reaching out to young people and much more.

Workshop times:  Friday, August 7, 2020  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 8, 2020  9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

In addition to group conversations, there will be an opportunity to delve deeper into specific subjects.  Each participant will have the opportunity to attend two of three breakout groups (make your selection during registration).

Holy Listening - Listening: both wholly and holy. Discover your own level of listening and learn how to listen completely, totally-wholly. Learn also how holy listening shares the love and grace of Christ. This session will focus on the difference between a social visit and a caring visit in which listening, both wholly and holy, is a key element.

Spiritual Care During Difficult Times - How do you serve others during these challenging times? Explore how you can maintain ministries in nursing homes and independent living centers during lock downs, how to utilize technology like Zoom, Skype and other platforms to further ministries, and how to use personal protection to care for others, keep them safe and visit as they’re isolated in their homes.

Standing in for Christ - This session will give you valuable information on helping those who are facing end of life issues and their families who are impacted. Learn about serving those in hospice, helping prepare for and conduct funerals, including putting together bulletins as a family keepsake, and assisting at the grave site. Equally important, Jack will give you tips on how to read your audience and prepare children for what's happening during these end-of-life stages.

Resources will be shared with the group. You can download these yourself, have printed copies mailed to you, or receive the materials in a binder where you can accumulate additional resources. 

Connection information will be sent to registrants before sessions.

Questions? Contact Terry Sullivan at 218-770-9573 or

Cost: Workshop is $5 (download materials); workshop and printed materials is $22; workshop and materials in binder is $30
Deadline: August 05, 2020 12:00 AM

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058