Bring a team to the Grow By One Summit

Grow_by_One-Early_BirdRegistration opens in mid-February for the Grow By One Summit, set for Saturday, April 30 at St. James UMC Little Rock. In addition to lay leaders and pastors, the summit will benefit ministry teams and committee members who focus on growth in worship, discipleship, mission and outreach.

The Rev. Dr. Blake Bradford, assistant director of the Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality, recommends that larger churches bring multiple ministry groups so they can gather information to help them with multiple ministry goals. Smaller congregations also can benefit from a team attending this event.

“Small churches could bring a team to focus in on one or two strategic areas of ministry for growth,” Bradford said. “The main element is ‘bring a team.’”

The Rev. Dede Roberts, director of the Center for Vitality, says teams should be prepared to ask questions of their core class instructors.

“Part of the time for each core session is set aside for the presenter to coach teams in planning ministry in their own unique mission field,” she said.

Keynote speaker Kay Kotan will lead three plenary sessions and a core class. Participants can choose among several different ministry-centered core classes. In addition, about a dozen “lunch and learn” informal discussions will feature fruitful and effective ministries from around the state, from clergy and laity of churches of different sizes and contexts.

Online registration will be available through www.arumc.org. Register early for a 25 percent discount; the fee includes lunch, materials, a copy of Kotan’s book Get Their Name and a gift from co-sponsor Cokesbury, who will have a full bookstore available on site.