Aspiring Leaders Invited to Apply for 2014-15 Conference Board of Laity's Leadership UMC Programs


If you are interested in becoming a more effective servant leader, you are invited to apply to participate in the upcoming 2014-15 Leadership UMC Programs. Leadership UMC and the NEW Leadership UMC II classes, sponsored by the Conference Board of Laity (CBOL), are designed to develop and equip laity from across the North Georgia Conference for mission and ministry leadership in their local church, district and conference.

Leadership UMC
2014 marks Leadership UMC’s 14th year!  This premier leadership program is open to members of United Methodist churches who wish to grow in their understanding of the United Methodist connection, recognize their spiritual gifts, explore how to become better servant leaders, and identify opportunities to serve. To date, the program has graduated more than 400 laity, with many serving throughout the connection. Participation is limited to four per district and attendance at all sessions is required.
Leadership UMC dates and topics:
November 14-15, 2014     UM History, Polity and Theology (Dr. John Beyers)
January 16-17, 2015        Leadership Skills and Spiritual Gifts (Rev Mike Selleck, Bishop Alfred Norris)
March 13-14, 2015          Clergy Lay Partnership in Ministry (Bishop Mike Watson, Rev. Jasmine Smothers, Mathew Pinson, Conference Lay Leader)
May 1-2, 2015                Small Group Reports and graduation (Bishop Jonathan Holston)
Deadline to apply is September 15, 2014.

To find further details and to apply, click here
For additional information contact Jane Finley:
Leadership UMC II
An exciting new offering by the North Georgia Annual Conference Board of Laity is Leadership UMC II, an advanced course in missional development.  The program, designed by a committee of the Conference Board of Laity and chaired by Jeff Jernigan, Atlanta-Marietta District Lay Leader, is open to the 400+ Leadership UMC graduates.  The goals for this program are to (1) equip lay and clergy partners for healthy mission development; (2) expose participants to missional models of ministry; (3) educate participants on sustainable models of mission ministry; and (4) teach participants how to access mission projects already developed. Space is limited and attendance at both weekend sessions is required.
Faculty leading the workshops include: Patrick Friday, Director, In Mission Together (IMT) for Global Ministries; Dr. David Jenkins, Associate Professor in the practice of practical theology, Dr. Arun Jones, Associate Professor of Emory’s Candler School of Theology of World Evangelism; Jasmin Smothers, Associate Director, NGUMC Office of Connectional Ministries and more.
Participants will have required readings: When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert and either Cultural Intelligence (Livermore) or Missional Moves (Wegner) as well as an online Cultural IQ test. These expenses are the responsibility of the individual participants.
Recognizing the importance of partnerships, a minister or a professional mission staff member from the local church is expected to attend the Friday-Saturday sessions. Clergy who attend will receive .5CEU credit for participation.
Leadership UMC II dates are:

  • October 17-19, 2014 – Dunwoody UMC and site visits to area mission ministries.
  • November 14-16, 2014 – Dunwoody UMC
Deadline to apply: August 1, 2014

To find further details and to apply, click here
For additional information contact: Dawn Townsend, NW District Lay Leader,
About the Conference Board of Laity
The Conference Board of Laity (CBOL) is the elected lay leadership of the North Georgia Conference that fosters awareness of the role of laity and engages and equips laity through training to become more effective disciples and servant leaders.