Ministry Exploration Summit
January 30 - 31, 2015
Black Bear Inn, 4 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME 04473
Registration forms are due January 9, 2015.
The NE Conference Ministry Exploration Summit is an opportunity to learn about the different paths of ministry from experienced lay ministers, clergy, mentors, and others. This event will especially benefit those in the early stages of candidacy or just beginning to discern his or her call to ministry. Whether considering lay, licensed or ordained ministry, all are invited and encouraged to join the summit. Mentors are also encouraged to participate. Mentor training will be available for new mentors.
The Ministry Exploration Summit is a component of the mentoring of ministry candidates and also fulfills the requirement of Orientation to Ministry which the 2012 Book of Discipline requires for all persons in licensed or ordained ministry. Please note that participation in a Ministry Exploration Summit is required to become a certified candidate.
For more information go to the Conference website or contact the BOM Registrar, Deborah Venator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-892-0359, PO Box 4171, Concord, NH 03302-4171.
- Starts 9:00AM
Beyond the BasicsA quadrennial training for clergy and laity in church leadership.
Required for all pastors under appointment in the New England Conference.
Laity in church leadership, teaching roles, children and youth workers, etc. are encouraged to attend. Also good for members of Staff/Parish Relations Committees.
This training builds upon foundational training from previous years, licensing school, etc. to deepen faith leaders' understanding of the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and teaching and critically discern the complexities of boundaries in light of new challenges and emerging issues.
We will address the following topics:
- Joy of Boundaries
- Theology and Boundaries
- Power and Vulnerability
- Living with Healthy Boundaries
- Boundaries and Internet Technology
- Boundaries and Social Media
- Boundaries and Finance
- Boundaries and Sexual Attraction
- Privilege and Responsibility
- To increase awareness of the need for healthy boundaries in the clergy-congregant or teacher-student relationship
- To provide clergy and spiritual teachers with guidelines and suggestions for developing appropriate boundaries and necessary self-care strategies
- To illustrate the impact of appropriate vs. inappropriate boundaries in promoting effective ministry
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.(Gathering 8:30 a.m.)
Old Town, ME (Old Town UMC)
Caribou, ME (Gray Memorial UMC)
Plymouth, NH (Plymouth UMC)
Montpelier, VT (Trinity UMC)
Dover, NH (St. John's UMC)
Springfield, MA (Trinity UMC)
Belmont, MA (UMC of Belmont and Watertown)
Stoughton, MA (First UMC)
Waterville, ME (Pleasant St UMC)
Leominster, MA (Leominster UMC)
Cost $30 includes lunch and training materials
Childcare provided (only if register by deadline)
CEU (.5) available
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (deadline February 15, 2015)