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Clergy Day Apart

February 28, 2018

More than 30 pastors across the Southeast District gathered last week to get better acquainted with colleagues and worship together in a time of relaxation and renewal. They were attending a Clergy Day Apart at Iowa Wesleyan University on Thursday, February 22nd.

day.apart.Feb. 2018At the event the Parish/Leadership Development Committee introduced a way for church leaders to share worship ideas. By using the search hashtag #worshipthatworksumc, people can share how they are creating inspiring worship events in churches of any size.

Several participants posted ideas on Twitter that very morning. They shared sermon ideas and visual displays for various seasons of the year.

Melanie Greengo, the chair of the committee, said, “We all have different strengths in worship leadership. Let’s share our ideas with each other” and help us all make our worship strong and vital.

The Southeast District Operational Team reminded participants of the Iowa Conference’s WIG (Wildly Important Goal) to develop a discipleship pathway in every local church by 2020. Kerrin Kirkpatrick, their spokesperson, also reviewed a Ministry Action Plan, or MAP, being used by church leaders across the state to assist them in setting goals for the year.

Lilian Gallo Seagren, the Southeast District’s superintendent, distributed a resource book called Surprise the World! The Five Habits of Highly Missional People by Michael Frost and offered closing words of encouragement at the end of the event.

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