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Healthy Boundaries 201


Last call for Healthy Boundaries 201!

On Thursday, October 6, Millwood Community Presbyterian Church is hosting the the final Healthy Boundaries offering (in the Inland Northwest) for this quadrennium.  Rev. Terry McGonigal and Rev. Sherry Vokoun will lead this boundary training (with an emphasis on sexual misconduct).  The cost is $40 and includes Faith Trust Institute materials, snacks, and lunch.

Please register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boundary-training-tickets-27176092424 AND mail Boundary Training Letter & Registration Form to the Presbytery of the Inland Northwest at 8910 East Dalton Avenue, Spokane, WA 99212.


Lay Transitions Workshop – Vancouver District

In order to support you and your congregation as you experience a pastoral transition this year, the Vancouver District is offering a Laity Transition Workshop on Saturday, June 4th from 3-5:30pm at Vancouver First 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.

Vancouver S/P PRC Basic Training – Webinar

I’m new to the SPR and what are the duties of my role?

How are we supposed to fill out these forms?

How can we help with pastoral transition / new appointments?

District Superintendent David Nieda will lead a basic training for all Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee chairs and members on April 26 from 6:30-7:30pm. The training will cover an overview of S/PPR roles and responsibilities. Among the topics covered will be: Pastoral care for the pastor and family, handling complaints and conflict,  salary worksheets, vacations/renewal/days off/continuing education, pastoral appointments and transition.  If you have any other questions or issues that you’d like addressed, please send them to Sabrina Venture at vancouver@pnwumc.org.

This will be a webinar based training using the simple WebEx platform. You might make this part of your S/PPRC meeting or individuals can log in from home or remotely. There is room for 25 computer connections. There is no charge for this training.

More information and registration at:


Seattle District Spring Training for Lay-Leadership

Join us at DesMoines UMC on February 20th from 9am-3pm for a powerful, fun, and inspiring training opportunity!

It begins with our opening worship as both Pacific Islander choirs and the Bellevue Korean Worship Team will gather us together as One Body.

As we float out of worship grateful for the presence of God-with-us, we’ll move into a powerful, inspiring keynote by Paul Shoemaker. Paul will guide us into new creativity as to how to change the world, specifically our part of the world. Both practical and visionary, Paul will springboard us into new dimensions of thoughtful ways to be the Body of Christ through our congregations and individual lives.

Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International, and one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading experts on activating social change agents.

He is the author of “Can’t Not Do: The Compelling Social Drive That Changes our World” and has received multiple awards. A compelling, dynamic speaker he has done TED talks, spoken at the United Nations and was named of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in the Nonprofit Sector .

Paul didn’t want to charge us a speaking-fee for this engagement.  Instead, we will have 100 of his books to give to those who arrive first and want to run with the ideas that inspire them from his talk. The man has something to say, so let’s engage his thought and challenge.

We’ll also be offering six different workshops:

Mission Evangelism – Rev. Dr. Bill Gibson: Director of Strategic Faith Community Development

This workshop will explore why we are planting new churches, and how each of our churches might connect with our culture and neighbors. 

Treasurers / Trustees – Rik Jamieson: Assistant Treasurer

Treasures – (Morning class) A much needed administrative nuts & bolts workshop about financial integrity within our churches.
Trustees – (Afternoon class) It’s safe to say that the Trustees deal with very complex issues.  This workshop will be full of information but plenty of time for direct and specific q/a

Mission U – Cecille Corsilles-Sy (Beacon UMC) & Marilyn Reid (Ronald UMC)

Cecille and Marilyn will guide us into deeper awareness of the fantastic on-going ministry of Mission U. Specific focus will be on “The Church and People with Disabilities”.

Worship & Music – Todd Shively (Trinity UMC)

If you know Todd then you know nothing is ever boring or irrelevant when he joins the party! Todd will guide us into the depths of creating joyfully serious worship that both deepens and guides participants into the heart of God, and into the hearts of each other. Worship is the core of our every congregation. Todd will help us explore this importance.

Discipleship Systems – The Bothell Story: Rev. DJ del Rosario

The Spirit is doing a great work at Bothell UMC. They are now the largest church in our Conference. What form of discipleship inspired the creative energy, and spiritual growth of this amazing church? What can we learn from them for our own congregation?

Legacy 101 – Tom Wilson: Executive Director of Northwest Foundation

When Tom Wilson speaks the whole Conference listens. I think of him as Mr. Integrity.

Tom will present a workshop that considers the ministry opportunities made possible by encouraging and supporting your members to make thoughtful and deliberate end-of-life plans.

This session will introduce a professional and comprehensive program called Provide & Protect that employs easy-to-use resources to transform good intentions into heart-felt testimonies and detailed instructions. This is a great session for clergy, and endowment, trustee and finance chairpersons.

Each workshop will be presented twice in a one hour format.

We’ll have a catered lunch brought to you by Taco Time that has given us a great financial deal engineered by District Lay Leader Rosalee Mohney.

The cost of this great shindig is $20 which also includes for the first 100 folk who arrive a copy of Paul Shoemaker’s book, Can’t Not Do: The Compelling Social Drive That Changes our World.

The magic of all gatherings is really dependent on the participatory openness of the gathered. What we’ve done is provided an excellent stimulus so that the Body of Christ can gather together to be open to God’s surprise. I encourage you to get the word out, bring a team from every congregation. Expect to learn. Expect to add something of value. Expect joy and gratitude.

We’ve got a global mission field here in the Seattle District. Let us strive to bend it towards Christ, so that God’s compassionate love might rule and reign until peace and joy are characteristic of all of life.

Remember – recruit a team from your congregation.

Let’s revive our Mission Field!


Healthy Boundaries 201

Understanding boundaries can help us manage the difficulties inherent in the role of clergy or spiritual teacher. Knowledge of what is appropriate, what is not, and whether an action is in the best interest of congregants or students can help us avoid possible boundary violations.

Healthy Boundaries 201 – Beyond Basics is part two of a two-part series designed to increase the awareness of the needs for healthy boundaries, illustrate the impact of healthy boundaries in promoting effective ministry, and provide guidelines for developing appropriate boundaries and necessary self-care strategies.

This “201” Healthy Boundaries training is aimed at clergy who have already completed a basic course in this Annual Conference, or an equivalent course elsewhere. After reviewing foundational concepts, the day will cover a few special topics in depth, with much time devoted to discussion of real life situations. To meet the eight hour conference requirement while allowing for lunch and breaks, an hour of preparation will be assigned to those registered two weeks ahead of time.

All clergy who desire to receive an appointment must complete 8 hours of Healthy Boundaries Trainings during the 2013-2016 quadrennium. 


Roots & Wings

Join us for our annual Puget Sound District training event, Roots and Wings!  Our theme is Many Gifts, One Spirit; Many Roles, One Church.  Joan Holms, our keynote speaker, will talk about clergy/lay partnership.  This year we’re offering a chance to attend a morning and an afternoon workshop.  In addition to training for SPPRC, Finance, and Trustee committees, there are many more choices on a variety of topics!

Check in begins at 9:00 AM.  Anacortes UMC is graciously hosting the event this year and will be serving lunch!  Gluten-free and vegetarian choices are available.  The cost for the workshop, including lunch, is $20.  Scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance (contact Kyle at 888.818.4288).  Childcare is available.

Click HERE for a flyer with the schedule and workshop descriptions.  Please share this information with others in your congregation. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Anacortes on January 30!


Certified Lay Minister (CLM) Training: Cycle C

The Certified Lay Minister course: Leadership in the Wesleyan Way is currently available for registration.

The course is taught by the Rev. David Nieda, Vancouver District Superintendent, and Rev. Peg Lofsvold, Cascadia District Superintendent.

Wesleyan leadership comes from a belief in the deep sense of God’s grace permeating the world.  It is from this sense of grace that we are called to share our faith. The two touchstones to our witness to God’s love are evangelism and mission-field engagement, both personally and corporately.  In this course students will discover how their personal faith stories and engagement of the mission field will positively impact their ministries.  This course is the 4th in the cycle of intermediate CLM curriculum.

There are two options for dates / locations. Our hope is that you’ll register for one of these trainings:


February 6, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hillview UMC

8525 W Ustick Rd, Boise, ID 83704



January 23, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Salmon Creek UMC

12217 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA 98686


The fee for this training (at either location) is $50 and includes lunch.

If you have any questions or concerns – please contact Program Assistant Sabrina Venture at sventure@pnwumc.org

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