2021 Leadership Opportunities: Maximizing Hybrid Worship, Local Church Trainings & Grants, Strengths Coaching

1/5/2021

Your South Georgia Conference staff is working hard this new year to bring even more helpful resources to you and your local church. Was 2020 a hard year? Yes! Did it provide opportunities for local churches to evaluate their local church ministries? Yes! The pandemic has presented an opportunity for innovation, exploration, and experimentation - in lots of areas. The following opportunities will help equip and empower pastors, church staff, and church leadership to learn and grow together as you respond in new and exciting ways. 

Coming up this month:

  • Both/And Event with Jason Moore about how to maximize hybrid worship experiences for online & in-person worship (webinar on Jan 12)
  • This and That Think Tank & grant opportunity to help your congregation engage in hybrid ministry (apply by Jan 31)
  • Video trainings to equip local church leaders in their ministry roles 
  • Strengths Coaching (webinar on Jan 28)
     

Connectional Ministries: Both/And Event - Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences for Online & In-person Audiences (January 12)

As churches envision new opportunities for both online and in-person ministry, the BOTH/AND webinar is in high demand and will be coming exclusively to South Georgia on Tuesday, Jan. 12. This 2-hour live Zoom webinar, led by Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions, will delve into strategies for creating powerful transformative worship where no one feels like they’re an afterthought for both online and in-person audiences. It will explore:

  • Re-imagining worship for both/and
  • How to create interactive both/and experiences
  • Bringing at home and in-person audiences together in real time
  • Alternative opportunities for online audiences watching in-person livestreams
  • Repurposing in-person worship for online audiences
  • Strategies for adapting practices for both/and
  • How to avoid letting your groove become a rut
  • And more!
Check out this video interview with Jason Moore. The webinar will be January 12 from 10 a.m. - noon with a follow-up time with Jason to share ideas on February 18 at 10 a.m. Register now

Questions: Contact Allison Lindsey (allison@sgaumc.com).


Congregational Development: This and That Think Tank & Grant Opportunity

Hand in hand with the BOTH/AND webinar is the This and That ministry opportunity. If your church is already engaged in hybrid ministry or has a desire to dip your toe into the water and you need some help, funding, or guidance, the Office of Congregational Ministries wants to partner with you in hybrid ministry. 

Congregations in South Georgia are invited to apply to participate in a This and That Think Tank set for Feb. 19-20 to begin developing models for effective hybrid ministry in their context. Upon completing the Think Tank, churches may submit a grant request for funding for their ministry to Congregational Development. In addition to the financial grants, congregations selected will also be given a technical coach who will help them successfully implement their ministry plan. 

Click here to learn more and apply by January 31

Questions: Contact Jay Hanson (jay@thechapelministries.com) or Anne Bosarge (anne@thechapelministries.com). 
 

Connectional Ministries: Leadership Training

Also coming online in January will be video trainings to help equip local church leaders in their ministry roles: 

  • Safe Sanctuaries 101 | Allison Lindsey, Suzanne Akins & Annie Paulk
  • Meetings That Matter | Anne Smith
  • S.H.A.P.E  | Allison Lindsey & Suzanne Akins
  • Get Out That Box | Unleashing Creativity: Anne Bosarge
  • Team Building | Jay Hanson & Anne Bosarge
  • Asset Based Community Development/Appreciative Inquiry | Allison Lindsey
  • Staff Parish Relations Committee | Bishop Bryan 
  • Local Church Lay Leader | Allison Lindsey & Lay Leaders
  • Local Church Finance Committee | Derek McAleer
  • Local Church Trustees | Derek McAleer 
  • Ministry Topics for Nurture, Outreach, Witness & Advocacy will be added in February 
Check the conference website, www.sgaumc.org, for the rollout of these resources throughout the month.

Questions: Contact Allison Lindsey (allison@sgaumc.com) or Suzanne Akins (suzanne@sgaumc.com).
 

Ministerial Services: Strengths Coaching

In the local church it’s important to explore and discover what individuals naturally do best and develop these strengths to reach their full potential. There are tools to help you do this! 

Jay Harris is now a certified coach who can help clergy and laity discover their unique combination of strengths. Strengths Coaching combines the insights of CliftonStrengths assessment with Appreciative Inquiry. Offered in three to six sessions at no cost to participants, Strengths Coaching is a great resource for both individuals and teams to learn the uniqueness of each member as well as how those combined strengths can work effectively together. 

Click here to learn more or join Jay January 28 at noon for a “Conversation at the Table” Zoom webinar to learn about this leadership development opportunity. Register here

Questions: Contact Jay Harris (jharris@sgaumc.com).