Cost: FREE (lunch included) Who: Youth and Children's Ministry Leaders, Youth Ministry Volunteers, Parents, Educators, and Pastors When: July 21 Where: Oxford University United Methodist Church CEU's for Clergy: 1/2 Teen dating violence is common - much more common than most caring adults realize. It affects millions of US teenagers every year, and yet many churches have not yet been equipped to address this crisis. That is why the Center for Ministry and Faith in Women have partnered together to introduce church leaders to Safe Dates. Safe Dates is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help youth recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and abusive, manipulative ones.
Facilitated by the Rev. Dawn Flowers, senior pastor of Parkway Hills United Methodist Church, this educational event will prepare faith leaders to engage teenagers around subjects like defining caring relationships, respecting our own and others' bodies, understanding abuse, helping friends, communicating well, and addressing their anger effectively. The Center for Ministry and Faith in Women have partnered to not only introduce lay and clergy faith leaders to this curriculum, but also to enhance it with additional faith-based components developed by Rev. Elizabeth Henry, Pastor to Children and Families at Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson, MS.
October 2018 - May 2019 2 CEU's The Academy of Artful Leadership brings together gifted leaders who are steering congregational change. We provide a series of facilitated peer conversations around major themes in ministry, followed by individual coaching. The outcome is greater clarity and calculated movement toward transformation within a congregation. Pastors will participate in one facilitated 90-minute group session a month, designed to spark dynamic conversation around key themes in ministry including Spiritual and Adaptive Leadership, Enhancing Small Group Ministry, Increasing Vitality in Worship and more. Participants will also receive six individual one-on-one coaching sessions with a trained coach, focusing on challenges and opportunities in ministry.