WPAUMC enews - July 7, 2021



Clergy Communities of Practice will launch in August. CCOPs are designed to help clergy build community, learn together, share ideas and concerns, and support each other. Clergy who have participated in a CCOP say they have been inspired to refresh their preaching, practice new prayer rhythms, use study material in other small group settings and engage in difficult conversations. Groups are offered all around our Conference, and now include two online groups and two focused on innovative ministry. Each group is limited to 10, so get details and register now.

Considering Ministry in the UMC? Register for the Orientation to Ministry offered via Zoom on Tuesday, August 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Orientation is a requirement for anyone pursuing licensed or ordained ministry, but the session is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the broad range of opportunities, including service as a Certified Lay Ministry, professional certification, a local pastor, or ordained ministry. There is no registration fee.  Get details and register.

Leadership Development Workshop: On Saturday, August 7, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., the Conference will launch the first in a series of Leadership Development workshops open to all laity and clergy. The sessions will offer participants a chance to develop skills, mindsets, and knowledge, aimed at increasing capacity for disciple-making in local church ministry. Learn more and Register 

We Need Somebody to …! Even after a church leader clearly explains the need for “somebody” to volunteer for a worthy mission or task, many times no one signs up. Doug Powe of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers some far more effective ways to generate interest. Read There are no Volunteers Named Somebody.
50 Ways to Increase Active Engagement: Strong and growing congregations typically have a high percentage of people who are actively involved in learning, serving, and leading. This resource offers tips to help you lift up the ministry of volunteering in your congregation. Read, download and share.

Orphe Heads to Pittsburgh on Book Tour: Rev. Martha Orphe, a former Pittsburgh District Superintendent now living in her native Louisiana, wants to help us pray for the world. She’s released a new book, a collection of prayers, poems, and photos to invite reflection on the year 2020. She'll be at First UMC in Pittsburgh for a book signing on July 24. Learn more


Uth4Mission: More than 50 youth and leaders are registered for  Uth4Mission, which runs from July 19-23. Jumonville will be home base for the week of worship, outreach and service, with work sites in nearby communities. Get details at wpaumc.org/youthevents.

UMVIM Summer Mission Academy, an opportunity to learn about the many ways you and your church can get involved in mission, is scheduled for July 27-August 7 online. Sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. See the schedule of program options and presenters 

Dismantling Poverty

September is National Hunger Action Month! It's an opportunity to invite your church family and community to get involved or do more in the mission to end hunger. The Society of St. Andrew, a UMC partner organization dedicated to feeding America’s hungry, offers a number of resources and ideas to observe Hunger Action Month. See and download them at endhunger.org/ham/

Sharon Parish Gardens: The WFMJ-TV story from last week's enews about the community gardens created and planted on vacant lots by the Sharon Parish churches is featured in the UM News Service Daily Digest for July 7.  Watch here.

Dismantling Racism

Arroyo to Lead GCORR: The Rev. Dr. Giovanni Arroyo, an ordained elder and member of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, has been elected as CEO of The UMC’s General Commission on Religion and Race, effective August 31, 2021. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, president of the Commission’s board of directors, announced his election this week. Dr. Arroyo is the first Latinx person to lead a denominational agency. Read press release

UMC News

In Memoriam: Bishop Joseph Yeakel saw much change and served in a variety of leadership roles in his more than 70 years of ministry. The former President of the Council of Bishops died July 4 at the age of 93. 
Read obituary
Read Council of Bishops press release

Sacred Worth Books: The United Methodist Board of Church and Society is kicking off a Sacred Worth Books Summer Read-along Series on its YouTube channel. Every Wednesday in July at 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern time, leaders from the agency will read and discuss a different book that speaks to particular justice issues and connects with faith. The first book will be “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom.
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Relaunching Ministry: Thousands of United Methodist churches in the U.S. are coming out from under pandemic restrictions, and amid the happy reunions, they’re assessing what they’ve been through and what comes next. Church leadership experts have become preachers in this moment, imploring clergy and lay leaders not to miss an opportunity for change. Read more