Monday, January 23, 2006

Below are Marjean’s notes and responses from the District Leadership Conference at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.  She attended Spiritual Formation and United Methodist Women.

Which workshop did you attend ?
Spiritual Formation
Teacher?
Dr. Bob Gardenhier III

What were the main points your teacher tried to make?
He gave a definitin of Spiritual Formation as the process of being conformed to the image of Christ by the gracious working of God's spirit, for the transformation of the world, from the Companions in Christ website.
He highlighted the Companions in Christ classes and the shorter Exploring the Way classes with the resources available through Upper room. He also provided information on the 2-year & 5-day Academies.

What notes did you jot down that seemed important?
I took notes on the difference between an intellictual type Bible study and an experiencial one

What conclusions did you reach? Did the workshop spark a cord for another idea?
The studies seemed to be good resources for spiritual formation. They are less time consuming and require less of a committment than Disciples, so would reach many people. The focus is on a different way of thinking and some of our programs now use an experiential approach. On a personal level he ended with an exercise which was a very moving experience. (image placeholder)
 
What points seemed relevant to Wesley in Shawnee?
We have done Spiritual growth programs, but this speaks to our personal relationship with God which is at the core of being a Christian. We need to continue in this area.

What actionable items should you follow up on? With which work area?
Some of the points he made I will use in my presentation at the Women's Retreat. The Spiritual Formation work area may want to look into the programs & resources

How can we make Wesley act on these ideas?
Commit to such a program/event now, at Discipleship Council level. Work on details in each committee. Coordinate at Discipleship Chair level.
 
Which workshop did you attend?
United Methodist Women
Teacher?
Angela Jones

What were the main points your teacher tried to make?
The 2006 schedule of District, Conference and Jurisdictional events was given. The requirements for being a Mission Today Unit were presented.
 
What notes did you jot down that seemed important?
I joted down highlights on the schedule and the topice of the School of Missions and the list of Mission Today requirements.

What conclusions did you reach? Did the workshop spark a cord for another idea?
Our local UMW Unit suffers from an image problem. On the broader scale the UMW emphasis is on missions to women & children. On the local level most of our church members, including some UMW members see us as only being in charge of the cooking & cleaning done in the church. Because of this we fail to attract younger women

What action items should you follow up on? With which work area?
We need to focus on missions and try to get the word out about what UMW really is

How can we make Wesley act on these ideas?
We need to continue the programs we have in place and add new areas that will bring the missions into more focus

Care to expound further?
Most of our projects follow traditional domestic lines. We have chosen furnishing the church kitchen as a project because it is necessary to have a fully equipped kitchen for use by all church groups, we feel that a funeral dinner is a mission that we offer to give grieving families a chance to gather, but these opportunities can be opened up to let others in the church participate. Two of our annual fund raising events involve food (Cinnamon Rolls & the Stew & Cornbread Lunch) but most other groups holding fund raising events involve food. We need to let the church know that these events are to raise funds for our mission projects.

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