Paul Shoemaker served as keynote speaker for the Seattle District’s Lay Leadership Spring Training.


Movements, effectiveness, and world-changing on agenda for district training events

Rocks & Ripples training focuses on pastoral care, equipping laity and clergy
By Kyle A. Franklin | Photo by the District Service Center, et. al.   

NEWS_RocksRipplesAround 60 members of the Inland District attended Rocks & Ripples at Simpson UMC in Pullman, Wash. The Rev. Gregg Sealey, incoming superintendent of the Inland District presented “Movements vs. Institutions: Creating Space for the Spirit”, framing the day’s theme. Additional focus for this evening included pastoral care – both for clergy and for local church communities.

Rocks & Ripples was held on Feb. 27, 2016. Featured workshops at Rocks & Ripples included Spiritual and Emotional Care Training for Present and Future UMVIM Team Members; Upgrading Church Technology; Mission U: Removing Barriers That Keep Us Apart; Conversation on Clergy/Congregational Wellness.

For more information on this event, e-mail


Pastor Steve Ross speaks at a local church in the Oregon-Idaho Conference.  Ross served as a speaker at Simple Church Governance in Kelso, Wash.

Simple Church Governance in the Vancouver District
By Sabrina Venture | Photo by Greg Nelson

It’s not just about a single board! Kelso First UMC hosted Simple Church Governance in February. Folks in the Vancouver District were invited to renew its focus on mission, liberate the energy and passion of its members in ministry, develop more effective leaders and easily include new people in discipleship and ministry.

Pastor Steve Ross first served on a Finance Committee at Montavilla UMC in Portland when he was 15 years old and has been serving as a lay and clergy leader in United Methodist Churches ever since. He has served in the Oregon-Idaho Conference as pastor of seven United Methodist Churches (sometimes two at a time), as a Superintendent, and most recently as the director of revitalization and new faith communities. He is a husband, the father of three sons and a grandpa to three little girls.

Simple Church Governance was held on Saturday, Feb 27th, 2016. For more information on this event, e-mail


Seattle District training featured music from the Pacific Islander Choir and Korean Music Team.

Seattle District warms up for spring training
By Sabrina Venture with Jesse N. Love | Photos by Rosalee Mohney

NEWS_SeattleTraining_2Des Moines United Methodist Church hosted the Seattle District Lay Leadership Spring Training in February. About 121 members of the Seattle community were treated to excellent music (provided by Pacific Islander Choir and Korean Music Team), an inspiring keynote message, and workshops for equipping local churches to effective lay leadership.

Serving as keynote speaker for the day was Paul Shoemaker. Shoemaker focused on developing creative paths toward changing the world through our interaction with our local congregations as well as our individual relationships.

Featured workshops included Mission Evangelism; Treasurers/Trustees; Mission u: The Church and People with Disabilities and more.

Seattle District Lay Leadership Spring Training was held Feb. 20, 2016. For more information on this event, e-mail

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