The Bi-District Clergy (Alexandria and Arlington pastors) have 3 or 4 meetings each year. Clergy are expected to attend these gatherings and also to be meeting regularly in their clergy peer learning groups.
Clergy meetings, like so much else, will look a little different this year.
We will begin the year with our meetings via Zoom. A registration link for the September meeting will be sent to you in August. Please put these dates on your calendar:
October 5, 2021: Clergy Meeting #1 (Digital) 9:30 -12 NOON
February 9, 2022: Clergy Meeting #2 (Digital) 1:00-3:30 p.m.
**note schedule change!
April 28, 2022: Clergy Meeting #3 (Digital) 9:30-12 NOON
Clergy Meeting #2
Our second Clergy Meeting features Blake Bradford, author of IMPACT! Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry.
Together we will explore how to inspire laity to embrace their unique calling and engage in a vibrant partnership to make disciples.
“IMPACT! Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry was written to encourage and equip lay leaders take ownership of Christ’s mission and vision of the congregation as it seeks to engage their neighborhood and community.”
Blake Bradford is a District Superintendent in the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church and Dean of the Appointive Cabinet. A co-author of Mission Possible: A Simple Structure for Missional Effectiveness and IMPACT! Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry, Blake has pastored churches of different sizes and contexts, including serving as executive pastor of a 3500-member congregation in Little Rock. Before his appointment to the Cabinet, Blake served the Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality as a congregational coach, consultant, and conflict transformation mediator. Dr. Bradford has taught at conferences and trainings across the country, including an annual role as a workshop leader at the Church of the Resurrection’s Leadership Institute.
Clergy Meeting #1
The theme for this year’s Clergy Meetings is “What’s Next?” and we will begin on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. We will meet via Zoom and RSVP is required.
Please register using this link or the button below in order to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom login details. (And then be sure to save them to your calendar!)
Our speaker for October 5 is Scott Cormode, author of the Innovative Church.
“The church as we know it is calibrated for a world that no longer exists. It needs to recalibrate in order to address the questions that animate today’s congregants. Leading congregational studies researcher Scott Cormode explores the role of Christian practices in recalibrating the church for the twenty-first century, offering church leaders innovative ways to express the never-changing gospel to their ever-changing congregations. The book has been road-tested with over one hundred churches through the Fuller Youth Institute and includes five questions that guide Christian leaders who wish to innovate.”