Training for small church leaders focuses on vitality

Jan. 18, 2014 marked the first of five Small Church Leadership training opportunities offered by the Arkansas Conference’s Center for Clergy and Laity Excellence in Leadership (CCLEL). Hosted by First UMC Arkadelphia, the event drew more than 75 participants, including some from outside the boundaries of the Southwest District.
Attendees spent time learning about what makes a congregation’s ministry “vital,” and how they may go about making changes to increase the vitality of their ministry. They reviewed concepts outlined in the books Get Their Name: How to Grow Your Church by Building New Relationships, and Renovate or Die: Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission. Two co-authors of these books, Bob Farr and Kay Kotan, presented workshops at the 2013 Arkansas Annual Conference session. The books are available for purchase at the training events, and at the Conference office.
This training session is being offered in each of the five districts of the Arkansas Conference. For information on the remaining events, see www.arumc.org/calendar.   Above: Using an example from a participating church, the Rev. Dr. Candace Barron walks attendees through assessing the relationships that influence a congregation’s level of vitality.   Left: Participants in the Jan. 18 training session work on assessing the driving forces behind the ministry of their churches. PHOTOS BY MIKE MEEKS