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Seattle District Training Day – It’s Time to Change!


Our goal is to bring together 150 folks to motivate and inspire them to be change agents in their churches and mission fields. We will be successful if each session creates priority change in the one attending, and then have that person infect their congregation.

Anything less than that is just …business as usual. We need to become unusual.


Our goal is to bring together 150 folks to motivate and inspire them to be change agents in their churches and mission fields. We will be successful if each session creates priority change in the one attending, and then have that person infect their congregation.

Anything less than that is just …business as usual. We need to become unusual.

Schedule: Subject to change

8am – Registration

9am – Worship, Redesigning the UMC in the Seattle District

9:45am – First Sessions:

  • Discipleship: Small Groups, The Method at the Heart of Methodism — Rev. Jim Head-Corliss – The Methodist movement raises-up followers of Jesus who love God and love their neighbors in the rhythm and flow of everyday life. Wesley’s method of making new disciples and taking us all deeper in our commitment to Christ is a way of life centered in small groups. What the church needs today is a return to deep discipleship, contagious leadership, and the fusion of these two, great loves lived out with integrity and authenticity. Join me to learn the theological foundations, a practical model, and the method for growing disciples in your church!
  • From Oak to Acorn — Rev. Sarah Casey, Rev. Neal Sharpe & Rev. Shalom Agtarap – Prolepsis | pro-lep-sis | n. the representation of a thing as existing before it actually does l Anamnesis | an-am-nee-seez | n. lived memory. How might we embrace the cycle of anticipating future potential while enacting the lived memory of a life of faith so that we can continue to be an ever-expanding manifestation of Christ in world?
  • Unleashing Generosity! — Rik Jamieson – Stewardship is a fancy word for managing the gifts our Creator gives us. In this session we will: 1.) Review 7 traits that we find common in churches that experience growth in giving. 2.) Summarize key points about church giving from the book … Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate. 3.) Detail how to easily start Stewardship classes at your church using Dave Ramsey’s Final Peace University program.
  • How to do Climate Activism — Jenny Phillips
  • Teach Us to Pray: Contemplative Prayer as a Pathway for Transforming Church — Andy Lang – In this workshop, we’ll be discussing and practicing how to radically change the way Christians interact with the world – in other words, to change our entire operating system. We’ll be fleshing out what I believe to be the truth about our Church: that the only way we’ll be vital and meaningful in the future is through the practice and teaching of contemplative prayer.
  • Changing the World, One Child at a Time: Building a Childrens’ Ministry That Matters — Nancy Roseen (Kent) – Discover the excitement of life changing children’s ministry and explore new ways to recruit and retain volunteers into this vital, often neglected area in our churches.

11:30am – REBUILD Project – Rebuild: Up From the Ashes: Rosalee Mohney

12pm – Lunch (provided by the Men’s Food Ministry of Renton First)

12:45pm – Second Sessions:

  • Intentional Camp: Evangelism & Discipleship for the Next Generation — Darin Gemmer. Camp Indianola Director
  • Trustees — Rik Jamison – This session will focus on the 2017 property and liability insurance renewal. Maintaining your property tax exemption and general a Q&A will be included.
  • The Adventure of Discipleship: Using John Wesley’s 3 Strand Discipleship Model and The Lord of the Rings to Create a Framework for Christian Formation — Rev. Christy Fisher, Wesley Club Campus Pastor – We’ll be using John Wesley’s Discipleship Model and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings Journey (both things that inspired Christy’s discipleship making at Wesley) to envision how unique contexts can engage the journey of Christian Formation.
  • Table Turning Theology and Practice — John Helmiere
  • Homelessness: What to do in a State of Emergency — Pastors Jan Bolerjack, Michele Campton-Stehr, Kelly Dahlman Oeth & Paula McCutcheon – We’ll hear from several local UMC churches and learn about innovative programs that have sprung from the desperate need we’re seeing in our community and consider how responding to an emergency can change our lives, who we are as a people, and how we live in authentic community.
  • The Bible and Human Sexuality — Keith and Joan Hackett – Join in The Bible and Human Sexuality Plenary Presentation from Mission u 2016. Look at scripture and begin to think about what needs to change in order to develop a healthy Christian sexual ethic in the UMC. Learn about Mission u 2017.

2:30pm – Closing Communion

3pm – End

3:15pm – Addendum

  • Post Conference Responding to Our Political Context — Rev. Rich Lang

Blanket of Fear

Charged with aiding and abetting a foreign terrorist organization, an incarcerated grade school teacher, her immigrant mother-in-law, and her public defender must search for answers in their past to secure an unknown future.



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Following the play there will be refreshments, discussion, and reflection with the cast of the performance, as well as with leaders from our Seattle District. Free will offering will be taken.


To help us plan seating and snacks – please email sventure@pnwumc.org that you’ll be going.

Charge Conference Paperwork Due

Please submit your church’s Charge Conference paperwork by end of business today.

There are 4 forms required for all churches:

  • 2017 Officer List
  • Pastoral Support Worksheet
  • Financial Exam
  • Accessibility Audit

These are the 4 forms the District Service Center is tracking for credit in the drawing for the free pass to Annual Conference. These forms are required of all churches.

There are other forms that are required of most churches, and should also be submitted after your church charge conference. Please see the charge conference documents page for details on those forms.

The majority of churches have charge conference before December 15th, however, if your church is having their charge conference after December 15th, the forms can be submitted “pending charge conference confirmation.”

Forms must be submitted in proper format to be counted.

For example: we cannot accept an Officer List of just names!

  • When the pipes freeze at the church and the pastor is on vacation the name of the Trustees Chair is not as helpful as the name, address, and phone number.
  • When we get information about a youth scholarship program it is more helpful to be able to send that information to the Youth Leader, the Office Admin, and the Pastor, than to just send it to the Pastor alone.
  • Same person the Treasurer Chair as last year? We need to know! The Office List data is set with an expiration date of one year. If we do not get the form, your leadership role expires and we don’t know who to contact if there is a problem with your apportionments.

Officer Lists are updated in the computer system. We need names, addresses, phone numbers, and (hopefully) emails for all Chairs. This is to help us reach out to the church with important information.

Want to double check that we have your forms?

Unsure of what additional forms apply to your church?

Can’t get a form to work on your computer?

Please contact the District Service Center, we are here to help!


CANCELLED – Lay Servant Ministries – Basic Course

Due to low registration, this class has been postponed until after the first of the year. If you had already registered you should have received notification and refund information. If you do not have this information – please contact Joan Holms.

A Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course will be offered on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Seattle First United Methodist Church. From leading a meeting, to caring for others, to communicating effectively, and more… this day long workshop will provide an overview of the many ways laity can embrace their call to ministry in the church and beyond.

Open to all laity who wish to strengthen their leadership skills. This course also fulfills the first requirement for those seeking certification in Lay Servant and Lay Speaking Ministries.

Questions? Contact Joan Holms, joanholms25@msn.com

Seattle District Laity Uprising 2

One common ministry of the Seattle District is some form of care for the homeless.  So, on September 17th we’ll have an opportunity to experience a Poverty Simulation led by Lisa Gustafson of Seattle University, afterwards we will meet, have lunch, and work together to form a District strategic response to the crisis of homelessness in King County.

Although clergy are not required to attend it is strongly encouraged for clergy to come and/or to send a team. After all, every District church has some form of ministry with the homeless. For clergy that do attend, CE credit is available.

Click here to learn more and to register online.

Lay Transition Workshop – Seattle and Tacoma

In order to support you and your congregation as you experience a pastoral transition this year, the Seattle and Tacoma districts are offering a Laity Transition Workshop on Saturday, June 4th from 9am-12pm at Kent United Methodist Church.

In the workshop, you can expect to:

  • Explore the normal feelings and reactions during the time of a pastoral change;
  • Become familiar with a transition model that helps you be aware of the natural stages of transition;
  • Learn how to have a good “ending”, including techniques for an exit interview, and ways of saying a good “goodbye”;
  • Gain suggestions of ways for church leaders to share and listen effectively with grieving or anxious parishioners.
  • Become aware of what life will be like in an interim period between the “ending” and the “new beginning”;
  • Learn ways of saying a good “hello” including specific resources to get acquainted;
  • Consider ways to manage the reality of shifting leadership styles of departing and arriving pastors for your congregation.

The workshop will be led by Rev. Melinda Holloway, an ordained elder, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor, and educator in the areas of pastoral care, grief/loss, and clergy and congregational transitions.

Our experience has been that it is good to involve as many members of the S/PPR Committee as possible in the workshop.  We also suggest that you strongly urge other key elected leadership to attend, as well as lay program staff your church may have.  Any other lay participants are also encouraged to attend.  Any number of persons can be accommodated in the workshop.  Please register by Monday, May 30th as a packet of handouts will be provided for each participant.


Seattle District Lay Leader Gathering

Seattle District Lay Leader Gathering 
Saturday, April 30th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Renton First UMC, 2201 NE 4th St., Renton, WA
Coffee and snacks will be available
A quick email to Rosalee Mohney will serve as your registration and help in planning the snacks
Our presenters include:
  • Jim Truitt, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM), giving timely information regarding the catastrophic fires in Central Washington the past two years;
  • Kathryn Garnett, Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries, presenting an in-depth look at the Lay Servant Program;
  • Rev. Rich Lang with an update on new Happenings in the District;
  • Joan Holms, Conference Lay Leader with an update on General Conference and Annual Conference.  Plus, we will have time for Q and A as the day progresses.
  • A follow-up discussion to the February Training Day.
It will be a full day with timely information as we head into the season of conferences and new opportunities for the Laity of the Pacific Northwest Conference.  If you have an associate or Lay Leader in training, please feel free to invite them also.
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