(Wider church, ecumenical, or events held within the Conference boundaries that are sponsored by other entities)
- Early bird registration for Creating a Culture of Renewal ends April 22
- Church for All People: Engaging the Mission Field - April 24 and 25
- Annual Gathering for Transitional/Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists - April 28 to 30
- Clergy 'Sabbath Renewal' Retreat at Institute for Life & Care - April 29 and 30
- Tickets on sale for 2015 Wesley Choral Festival Gala Concert in Washington, D.C. - May 23
- Center for Courage & Renewal hosting program for young United Methodist ministers
- Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops host Transforming Ministries 4 - May 26 to 28
- Path 1 Coach Training event at Hilltop UMC Salt Lake City - July 28 to 30
- Revitup! For a Lifetime in Ministry sponsored by General Board of Pension & Health Benefits - Oct. 5 to 7
- Do No Harm 2015 sponsored by General Commission on the Status and Role of Women - Oct. 15 to 17
- 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions at Salt Lake City - Oct. 15 to 19
- Worship, Rest, Recreation, Fellowship and Learning at Beaver Creek Camp - April 23 to 25
- United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat at YMCA of the Rockies - April 24 to 26
- Center for Pastoral Effectiveness offers continuing education events - April to July
- Generating Generosity Workshop - May 1
- Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3 to 8
- Buckhorn United Methodist Camp Summer Happenings
- Local Pastor Licensing School of the Rockies - Aug. 22 to 30
- Western Colorado Lay Servant Ministries Class at Delta UMC - April 17 and 18
- Lay Servant Training at First UMC Laramie, Wyoming - May 2
- Northeast Colorado Lay Speaker Academy - Sept. 12 and 13
- Reading the Old Testament at Hope UMC Greenwood Village - April 19
- Guest preacher Rev. Emilie Townes at First UMC Cheyenne - April 19
- Concert with Stephen Fiess at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - April 26
- Ethical Education Task Force Workshop at First UMC Pueblo - May 2
- Heart of Longmont UMC to host event 'Human Trafficking in Our Backyard' - May 2
Early bird registration for Creating a culture of Renewal ends April 22
Led by Rebekah Simon-Peter, Creating a Culture of Renewal has a three-track program that is an award-winning, proven, and empowering approach to self-awareness, leadership and ministry. Using emotional intelligence, you will master the vital interplay between group dynamics, congregational culture and communication to bring new life to your congregation.
Track 1 – Culture and Communication - Reduce the hidden messages and unintentional dynamics that keep your church stuck.
Track 2 – Leadership Smarts - Become the kind of leader who builds up other leaders while gaining support and trust.
Track 3 – Culture Shift! - Lead with a bold, kingdom-oriented vision that gets others on board and ushers in a new era in your congregation.
Church for All People: Engaging the Mission Field - April 24 and 25
Sponsored by the Bishop Jack and Marjorie Tuell Center for Leadership Excellence and the General Board of Global Ministries, this conference will take place on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at Seattle’s First United Methodist Church. Ideally suited for lay/clergy teams, lessons learned by the Columbus, Ohio United Methodist Church for All People promise to engage congregational leadership in deep and nuanced discussions about the ministry of Christ in the world, and provide practical tools for approaching ministry in your unique context particularly with the poor and marginalized. To learn more: http://goo.gl/dnhXkn.
Annual Gathering for Transitional/Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists - April 28 to 30
The Eighth Annual Gathering for Transitional/Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists (TIIMSA) will be held April 28 to 30 at St. Andrew UMC in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Craig Gilliam, Director for The Center for Pastoral Excellence, of the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. Registration is $225 and does not include hotel accommodations. For more information, including lodging and schedule of events, go to tiimsa.org/2015-annual-gathering.
Clergy 'Sabbath Renewal' Retreat at Institute for Life & Care - April 29 and 30
Tickets on Sale for 2015 Wesley choral Festival Gala concert in Washington, D.C. - May 23
Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Wesley Choral Festival Gala Concert, an event featuring choirs and individual choral singers from across the nation. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., with 100 percent of ticket sales benefitting Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of the people of The United Methodist Church to reduce preventable deaths from malaria. The gala concert is the culminating event of the four-day festival, where both performers and non-performance participants take part in four days of activities, including tours of Washington, D.C. For more information, contact the Kennedy Center Box Office: 202-467-4600 or Toll-Free: 800-444-1324.
Courage to Lead for Young United Methodist Ministers - May 12 to 15 and Nov. 11 to 14
The Center for Courage & Renewal is hosting a six-month intensive program called "Courage to Lead" to help young United Methodist ministers build a sustainable leadership. The first event will be a four-day retreat at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs from May 12 to 15. Following the first retreat will be monthly peer learning calls from June to October. Then a closing retreat will be held Nov. 11 to 14 also at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs. The cost to participate is $500, which includes tuition, materials and room and board. Participants will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 13. For more information about the "Courage to Lead" program, click for the brochure. For more information about the Center for Courage & Renewal, go to www.couragerenewal.org.
Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops host Transforming Ministries 4 - May 26 to 28
The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops will host Transforming Ministries 4 from May 26 to 28 at Glendale United Methodist Church, 134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale, CA, 91206. Transforming Ministries 4 will offer a unique opportunity for participants to enter into meaningful dialogue with the Bishops of the Western Jurisdiction. The College of Bishops will: Dialogue and reflect on the future of the church and Episcopal expectations of clergy in current and future context; and converse about issues that matter to participants. The cost is $350, which excludes hotel and travel costs. For more information, call 818-243-2105 or click here to register.
Path 1 Coach Training event at Hilltop UMC Salt Lake City - July 28 to 30
A Path 1 Coach Training event for clergy and lay leaders will be held form July 28 to 30 at Hilltop United Methodist Church, 985 E. 10600 South in Sandy, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City. Three sessions will be offered: Basic Training for Coaches, Facilitation Training for Coaches and Coaching for Congregational Vitality. Cost for each session is $198. Presenters include Sam Rodriguez, Director of Hispanic/Latino New Church Starts; Emily Reece, New Church Strategist at Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church; and Phil Maynard, Director of Path 1 Coaching Network. Download this brochure for more information. Click here to register online.
Revitup! For a Lifetime in Ministry sponsored by General Board of Pension & Health Benefits - Oct. 5 to 7
Do you have student debt? Do you wish you had a clergy tax consultant? Are you wondering about your financial future? Then you just might want to register for revitup! to be held Oct. 5 to 7 at the Chicago Hilton/Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois. This event sponsored by the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits. Besides important financial learning, you'll be inspired by Mike Slaughter's keynote address and music led by Chuck Bell, plus lots of networking opportunities with other young clergy. There's an exciting incentive offer for the first 50 clergy to register. All clergy ages 25 to 39 are invited to revitup! Click here for more information and to register.
Do No Harm 2015 sponsored by General Commission on the Status and Role of Women - Oct. 15 to 17
"Do No Harm 2015" is a sexual ethics summit addressing the most recent developments and challenges in prevention of and response to abuse, misconduct, and harassment of a sexual nature, particularly by persons in ministerial roles (both lay and clergy) within The United Methodist Church. Topics will address the cultivation of healthy ministerial relationships at all levels and settings of the church. "Do No Harm 2015: Best Practices for Health, Accountability, and Wholeness" is taking place from Oct. 15 to 17 in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, go to www.GCSRW.org/DoNoHarm2015.
2015 Parliament of the World's Religions at Salt Lake City - Oct. 15 to 19
The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. If you care for religions and nations working together in harmony with each other for the good of humanity, you should attend. You will also find:
- Trainings in dialogue, interfaith activism, fundraising, and organizing
- World-class religious music, films, exhibits and performances
- And shop ethnic, international, religious books & things
You can register for as low as $99 to attend if you qualify and do it by March 31. More information about the 2015 Parliament can be found online. More information about registration, including rates and deadlines can be found by clicking here.
Worship, rest, recreation, fellowship and learning at Beaver Creek Camp - April 23 to 25
Leaders of children, youth and family ministries are cordially invited to a time of WORSHIP, REST, RECREATION, FELLOWSHIP AND LEARNING from April 23 to 25 at Beaver Creek Youth Camp & Christian Retreat, 0885 County Road 20A in South Fork, Colorado. Two workshops are scheduled: One will explore S.M.A.R.T. Goals from a Christian (rather than secular) perspective. The other will use Bible verses and games to experience Bruce Tuckman’s “Forming Storming Norming Performing” model of team development.
United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat at YMCA of the Rockies - April 24 to 26
All women are invited to the United Methodist Women Spiritual Life Retreat from April 24 to 26 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. This event promises to be a spirit-filled time of renewal. Harriett Jane Olson, General Secretary and CEO of the United Methodist Women's National Office, will be the keynote speaker. "Spiritually Empowering Women" is the theme and the scripture study will be Ephesians 3:16. "I ask him to strengthen you by his spirits - not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength - that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in." Learn more about the spiritual retreat and speaker Harriett Jane Olson.
Center for Pastoral Effectiveness offers continuing education events - April to July
The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness has scheduled three continuing education resources in 2015 for the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Annual Conferences. More information can be found in this flyer.
Center – Track l: A resource for clergy who desire to be healthier leaders capable of addressing the natural anxious emotional movements of their church including those difficult to address issues or members. Six three-day retreats spread over 18 months. 14 Continuing Education Units; First Retreat: April 27 to 29 - Journey of Faith UMC, Denver; First Retreat: May 4 to 6 – First UMC Bozeman.
Center – Track ll: For those clergy who have attended Track l, this is an important second step in integrating systems thinking into those personal/professional situations. More in-depth study makes the systems understanding from Track l more accessible especially in anxious times. Six three-day retreats spread over 18 months. 14 Continuing Education Units; First Retreat: July 8 to 10 - Denver area.
Clergy & Spouse Couple Retreat: Co-Leaders Julia Munson LCSW & Bill Selby. Marriage is emotionally challenging for all couples partly because each spouse brings his or her own family of origin to that relationship. One three-day retreat. 3 Continuing Education Units; Retreat schedule for April 21 to 23 – Denver area
Generating Generosity Workshop - May 1
Pastors and lay church leadership are invited to a Generating Generosity workshop, featuring guest speaker David Bell, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO. The workshop aims to bring a deeper theological understanding of Christian stewardship, explore the three fundamental components of successful church fund development and highlight the best practices for effective year-round generosity. More information about the workshop can be found in this flyer. The workshop is sponsored by the Ministerial Education Fund, the Board of Discipleship and the United Methodist Foundation. The cost is $35 per participant and includes lunch, if registered before March 31, and $50 after that date. Webcast participants are $20, or $25 after March 31. To register, go to rmcumf.org.
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3 to 8
The next Five-Day Academy to be held in the Rocky Mountain Conference will be May 3 to 8 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Sedalia, CO. The theme is "Christian Spirituality in an Interfaith World" and the lecturers will include Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Islamic practioners.
The Academy for Spiritual Formation® (Upper Room Ministries) provides a rich environment of grace for deepening the spiritual lives of committed individuals. Both lay and clergy reside in community with others who wish to seek God through a rhythm of study and prayer, rest and exercise, and solitude and relationship. The Five Day Academy is designed around a daily schedule including morning and night prayer, Eucharist celebrations, silence, spiritual community, covenant groups, and thoughtful faculty presentations - a balanced approach for head and heart.
The brochure and application information can be found at http://rmcumc.org/new/leadership-and-learning/spiritual-formation.html.
Buckhorn United Methodist Camp Summer Happenings
Have summer plans figured out yet? Join us for a week this summer! Buckhorn has such an incredible variety of programs lined up for summer 2015. Come on your own, with friends or as a family and join us for fun, faith and fellowship!
Featured camps and programs:
- Youth In Mission – A week of fun and putting faith into action with service projects around camp. July 5-10 for grades 6-12.
- Family Camp – Spend some quality family time while enjoying the beauty at Buckhorn. With camp activities and programming, worship, or just come and relax and unplug. July 10-12 for all ages.
- Pioneer Camp 1 & 2 – Elementary camp sessions that pack the “best of Buckhorn” activities into each day. From Gaga to archery to low ropes course to hiking to slip-n-sliding and much more! July 12-17 and July 26-31 for grades 3-5.
- Buckhorn Whitewater – Middle school students will enjoy some of Buckhorns highlights! Rock climbing, team challenges, geocaching and of course, white water rafting the stunning and adventurous Poudre Canyon. July 12-17 for grades 6-8.
- M.A.D. Camp – If music, arts and drama are your interest then this is the camp for you. Come share creative ideas and participate in cool projects all while enjoying the Buckhorn as your backdrop. Join us from July 19-24 for grades 3-5.
- Wilderness Challenge – Take a normal awesome Buckhorn summer session and add camping out, rock climbing and rappelling! Come connect with others through adventure! July 19-24 for grades 6-8.
- Eclipse – Want to go to summer camp, but still enjoy the joy of sleeping in and staying up late? Come to Eclipse where the activities don’t stop when the sun goes down. July 26-31 for grades 6-12.
Local Pastor Licensing School of the Rockies - Aug. 22 to 30
Western Colorado Lay Servant Ministries Class at Delta UMC - April 17 and 18
The Western Colorado Lay Servant Ministries Class will be held at Delta UMC, 477 Meeker St. in Delta, Colorado, on April 17 and 18. The class will be led by the Rev. Claus Rohlfs, Intentional Interim Pastor, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The subject will be on United Methodist Polity. The cost is $30, which includes study materials, lunch and snacks. Download and fill out this registration form and send back to Glenna Brayton, 511 Swan Lane, Grand Junction, CO 81507. For more information, call 970-874-9501.
Lay Servant Training at First UMC Laramie, Wyoming - May 2
Northeast Colorado Lay Speaker Academy - Sept. 12 and 13
Over the next two years each of the courses required to become a Certified Lay Speaker will be offered in the Northeast Colorado Sub-District. Participants will be asked to pay a registration fee of $15 per class and to purchase their own books. Classes for 2015 will be:
- Sept. 12 & 13: “Preaching”
Reading the Old Testament at Hope UMC Greenwood Village - April 19
Guest Preacher Rev. Emilie Townes at First UMC Cheyenne - April 19
Concert with Stephen Fiess at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - April 26
Ethical Education Task Force Workshop at First UMC Pueblo - May 2
Heart of Longmont UMC to host event 'Human Trafficking in Our Backyard' - May 2
On May 2, Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church, 350 11th Ave. in Longmont, Colorado, is hosting a discussion on human trafficking. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Speakers include Detective Stacey Graham, of the Longmont Police Department; Maciel Leon, Victims Services Coordinator at the Longmont Police Department; Maria Trujillo, of the Human Trafficking Council in the Colorado Department of Public Safety; State Representative Jonathan Singer, House District 11; and State Representative Beth McCann, House District 8. Spanish interpreters will be available. Free childcare also will be provided. Download this brochure for more information and directions.