Living Our Covenant Workshops

Our 2017 District Conference speaker, Rev. Steve Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership at Discipleship Ministries, will be back to offer workshops for laity and clergy on “Living Our Covenant.” Participants will experience the four spiritual practices of the General Rule of Discipleship: worship, devotion, compassion, and justice. Through these practices, we will learn how to live the promises of our baptismal covenant and focus our ministry on fulfilling God’s mission in our congregations. Join us at one of these free events: 

Tuesday, October 24, 7:00 pm at Westwood UMC
Thursday, October 26, 1:00 pm at St. Joseph First UMC
Thursday, October 26, 7:00 pm at Vicksburg UMC


Questions? Contact Pastor Wayne Price at (269)344-7165 or

Church Leader Training

Training for a variety of church leadership positions will be held Saturday, November 11 from 9:30-11:30am at Portage Chapel Hill UMC. Register online by November 6. These workshops will be offered:

• DACA, Immigration, and Hispanic Ministry
• Implementing Mission, Vision and Values for Vital Ministry
• Like and Share Jesus: How do you get your social media off the ground in your local church?
• Ministry of Laity: Lay Leader, Lay Servant, Lay Member to AC
• The Mission of Ministry Shares
• Radical Hospitality
• Using MissionInsite to Reach the People Within Your Reach

Lay Servant Classes


Classes are free - order your own book and bring a sack lunch. Classes with fewer than 4 people will be canceled. Register online by October 28.


Questions? Contact Doug Tipken, District Director of Lay Servant Ministries, at


Leading Worship

November 4 & 11   (You must attend both full days to earn credit for this class.)


Vicksburg UMC

Led by Rev. Buff Coe

Required book: Worshiping with United Methodists (REVISED) by Hoyt Hickman


This course focuses on the ministry of the Lay Servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship. This class fulfills the “Leading Worship” requirement for Certified Lay Speaker status.


Living Our United Methodist Beliefs

November 4 & 18   (You must attend both full days to earn credit for this class.)


Vicksburg UMC

Led by Rev. Ken Ray & Doug Tipken

Required book: Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder


This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st-century church. This class fulfills the “United Methodist Heritage” requirement for Certified Lay Speaker status.