Thursday, February 6, 2014
A quest for excellence
Church leaders brave snow seeking Tools for Ministry
“Excellence in Church Leadership” was the challenge issued by Dr. Mary White, EPA Conference Lay Leader, to members at several Tools for Ministry district training events Jan. 25. Hundreds gathered despite forecasted and falling snow at six churches across the conference; and they embraced that challenge and the theme "Ministry for Today's Church" in their workshops, worship, witnessing and special offerings.
Of the impressive 180 members who registered in the Northwest District about 150 came to First UMC in Schuylkill Haven to learn about the Mission ConneXion movement, developing relationships through global missions, becoming not just church leaders but spiritual leaders, ensuring safety in the church (from the Pottsville police chief), children’s ministries and VBS, starting a Circles Anti-Poverty Initiative and a Celebrate Recovery ministry, and encouraging stewardship during an economic recovery.