Previous webinars

Training Tuesdays - Statistical Report Training: AC Stats

JANUARY 10, 2023, 7:00PM-8:30PM

It’s that time of the year again, Statistical Report Season. This year we will move away from the Ezra statistical reporting system, so plan to join us as we become familiar with AC Stats, our new system. We strongly encourage everyone who will work on the stats to attend this training. During our time together we will walk through AC Stats, show you the features and answer your questions.

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Training Tuesdays - Multiply Your Impact: Measure What Matters

NOVEMBER 29, 2022, 7:00PM-8:30PM

Drawing on design principles, session participants will learn how to define meaningful ministry outcomes, use simple tools to measure progress, and reflect on opportunities for improvement. Participants will leave with a framework for applying the ideas shared within their own contexts.

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Training Tuesdays - Live and Love like Jesus

NOVEMBER 15, 2022, 7:00PM-8:30PM

Speaker: Rev. Elaine Heath, Ph.D.

Living and loving like Jesus moves us from the seats to the streets as we take the gospel beyond the walls of our buildings. Once we are outside the four walls of our buildings, we are called to proclaim good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, set the oppressed free, and comfort all who mourn. Join us as we learn what this looks like in our various contexts.

Elaine Heath is ordained in the United Methodist Church, and has served as a professor for eleven years at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and as Dean and Professor of Missional and Pastoral Theology at Duke Divinity School, Duke University. She retired from Duke to lead Neighborhood Seminary, which she co-founded with several friends.  

She is more than an academic, she is a practitioner who lives with her spouse at Spring Forest, a new monastic community in rural North Carolina, where along with friends they tend a forest and small farm. Spring Forest supports refugee resettlement through sponsorships and an ESL program. We also donate fresh produce to area food banks, host a range of spiritual formation ministries, children's programs, and much more. She currently serves as Abbess for their gathered and dispersed community. 

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Training Tuesdays - Deepening Discipleship: Examples of Effective Intentional Discipleship Pathways/Processes

NOVEMBER 8, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This session will show you how churches are successfully implementing an Intentional Discipleship Pathway/Process. With Rev. Jack Shitama of the Center for Vital Leadership

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Training Tuesdays - Deepening Discipleship: The Elements of an Intentional Discipleship Pathway/Process

OCTOBER 25, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This session will teach you the elements of an Intentional Discipleship Pathway/Process, which are rooted in the United Methodist Rule of Discipleship


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Training Tuesdays - See All the People: Community Prayer Walks

MissionInsite Overview 

SEPTEMBER 27, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Training Tuesdays is an online training experience to inspire and equip local church leaders to connect more people with Jesus. Using Zoom, leaders connect from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to learn from an expert about a topic that helps 100% of our congregations to become 100% vital.

With a focus on the first Vitality Pillar, “See All the People,” this webinar will explore MissionInsite, a free, in-depth demographics program to help congregations discover who is in their community. With Lauren Harris, Congregational Development Coordinator.

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Readiness 360

SEPTEMBER 20, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Training Tuesdays is an online training experience to inspire and equip local church leaders to connect more people with Jesus. Using Zoom, leaders connect from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to learn from an expert about a topic that helps 100% of our congregations to become 100% vital.

This session will focus on Getting Started on a Congregational Pathway with Readiness 360. Learn more about this tool for assessing vitality and the ministry and mission of your church with Rev. Bill Brown, the BWC’s Director of Creative Evangelism, and Lauren Harris, Congregational Development Coordinator. 

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Four Congregational Pathways

January 4, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Speakers: Bill Brown, Lauren Harris, Kayla Spears, Rob Townsend and Christie Latona

Join us for this webinar where you will discover 4 opportunities for your congregation to take its next faithful step. During this webinar you will learn about the 4 Congregational Vitality Pathways, The Launch Initiative, the Catalyst Initiative, the Readiness Initiative and the Legacy Church Conversation Initiative, and how to successfully apply. Bring your team, bring your questions, bring your excitement and get off the new year off to a strong start.

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One Board: The Gifts of a Simplified, Accountable Structure for Such a Time as This 

December 14, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Speakers: Rev. Johnsie Cogman, Washington East District Superintendent, Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol, Pastor Mount Vernon Place UMC, DC and Revs. Alan and Kari Jones of Connection in Middletown, DE

This webinar will discuss: The benefits of the one board model; the steps to transition from several committees to this model; the kind of leader needed for this team; the ideal size of the team; and will provide a sample agenda/ structure of the meetings.

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Cultivating Healthy Relationships: A Holistic Approach to the Work of the Staff-Parish Relationships Committee

December 7, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

A local congregation's Staff-Parish Relations Committee has primary responsibility for cultivating healthy and fruitful relationships between the congregation, clergy, and staff of their church. Oftentimes, however, the committee's focus can become merely conflict management. This session will offer an overview of the worship of the SPRC, suggestions for how to cultivate healthy systems that prevent conflict and nurture healthy communications systems, and yes, when needed, conflict management approaches for situations when issues do arise.

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New Ways to Engage People for Ministry in Covid

November 30, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This webinar will explore how Covid has changed the way people are engaging in church in general and how to re-engage them so that they are willing to do the critical work of ministry. 

The Role of Trustees

November 30, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Speaker: Bill Westbrook, Pen-Del, Dir of Administrative Services/Treasurer

This webinar will provide the Disciplinary responsibilities as well as some practical realities governing the work of the Board of Trustees.

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Finance Committee Preparations for 2022

November 16, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This webinar will help Finance Committees prepare for their activities in 2022. Topics will include:
1. Recommended Finance Committee responsibilities and schedule
2. Local Church budget philosophy and recommended allocations
3. Internal financial reporting and church accounting software
4. Expansion of online giving options
5. Retention of church records
6. Update on the employee retention credit

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More sessions are available on the Baltimore-Washington website