NWP & MWD District Leadership Development Day
Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Sponsored by the Northwest Plains and Maumee Watershed Districts

We welcome you to be part of our annual Leadership Training event. Saturday, January 29 will be filled with great presentations on pertinent topics for ministry in your local church. We have invited Ann Marie Carley to be our Keynote speaker this year and have many other fulfilling workshops for effective ministry planned for you on this day. This event promises to be a great day, well worth your time investment. We encourage your presence and participation. 

-Rev. Amy Haines, Northwest Plains District Superintendent & Rev. Dr. Scot Ocke, Maumee Watershed District Superintendent


"It Starts With One"  God’s story is far more than ancient text full of trials, wonder, loss, and love. It is alive and well today because it has been passed down from one generation to the next. Jesus invites each of us into God’s miraculous story. Now we have the opportunity to be key witnesses, characters, and writers of this story and it simply starts with one!

Ann Marie Carley is a fully ordained Deacon currently serving as the Director of Camps, Retreats, and Next Gen Engagement for the West Ohio Conference. Ministry is a second career for Carley, who was previously a professional educator. Her call is rooted in helping organizations become incarnational to the community in which God has planted them. She has lived into this call while serving local churches at various levels and consulting organizations across the UMC connection. She and her husband Tim have been married for over 20 years and live in Columbus, Ohio with their two fur children, Ivan and Gracie.


9:00      Opening Remarks and a word from Bishop Palmer
9:30      Keynote Address- Rev. Ann Marie Carley
10:30    Q & A
10:55    Next Steps
11:00    Live online workshop
12:00    Dismissal from workshops

LIve online workshop - You will choose one workshop to watch live. All workshops will be recorded and made available to watch at your leisure, as soon as they become availble.


Empowering New Leaders Panel
Presented by: Ann Marie Carley, with special panel guests 
Do you ever wish there were more hands to do the work of the church? Come hear how some of West Ohio’s very own laity and pastors are helping their congregations multiply their impact, develop new leaders, and increase their vitality. Leave with practical tools, tips and ideas to help your congregation grow young.

On Earth As It Is In Heaven: Community Engagement
Presented by: Sam Rodriquez 
In the Lord’s prayer, we ask God that his will be done on earth as it is in heaven, but how does one do that? In Mark 12: 29-31, Jesus states that we should love both God and neighbor. So, how does one do that? Learn practical earn practical ways to foster relationships with your neighbors.

Refreshing your Safe Sanctuaries - Recorded only for later viewing
Presented by: Rev. Matt Overman
Does your church’s Safe Sanctuaries Policies match your context? Does it include digital interactions? Are you able to ensure volunteers know how to best care for children, youth and vulnerable adults? If you’re not sure you can answer yes to those questions, come learn how to create or refresh your policy in a way that ensures your church is ready to welcome and engage in ministry with all people.

S.U.P.E.R. = Ordinary People Tapping Into Extra-Ordinary Power
Presented by: Rev Kristi Smith 
As a leader you are probably feeling the weight of leadership like never before. Wrestling with fears, frustrations, and maybe even feeling like you are failing. I get you. In order to lead more successful and less stressful lives, we need to learn how to MASTER THE MOMENTS. Whether you are trying to RECOVER from MAJOR life challenges or trying to REGROUP between breaths, YOU HAVE THE POWER. The key is learning how to tap into that EXTRA- ORDINARY power on a consistent basis. S.U.P.E.R. is 5 simple, but smart, rejuvenating behaviors designed to help you refocus, recharge, and become your most resilient self. Why settle for ordinary when you can be extraordinary?

The Benefits of Becoming a Stephen Ministry Congregation
Presented by: Bruce Robinson
Stephen Ministry is an extension of Pastoral care that offers a proven and effective way to organize, equip, and supervise a team of congregation members—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties.  Stephen Ministers are prayerfully recruited and selected by the Stephen Leadership team and participate in rigorous training, before being recognized as Stephen Ministers and beginning their care-giving relationships. We will discuss how to become a Stephen Ministry Church and how to begin your first class.

Local Church Finances  
Presented by: Rev. Peter Paige
Recorded video: Mr. Bill Brownson, CFO and Director of Administration, West Ohio Conference and Ms. Ginny Shimrock,Director of District Financial Administration and Closed Church Operation
This workshop will cover standards and best practices for a number of local church financial responsibilities including the roles and responsibilities of the Finance committee; dual controls for receipts, payments, and reconciliation; clergy and laity payroll; theft prevention and what to do when it happens; and budget development.

Board of Trustees - Recorded only for later viewing
Presented by: Rev. Amy Haines, West Ohio Superintendent, Northwest Plains District
Recorded video: Mr. Christopher E. Hogan, Chancellor of the West Ohio Conference; named partner with Newhouse, Prophater, Kolman & Hogan, LLC; and member of Riverside United Methodist Church, Columbus

The Board of Trustees in the local church, according to Book of Discipline ¶2507, are synonymous with a board of directors as applied to corporations.  Join our Conference Chancellor to explore topics such as governance and the local church, the church as a corporation, and the duties of the trustees.

The Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee 
Presented by: Rev. Scot Ocke, West Ohio Superintendent, Maumee Watershed District
The description of and list of responsibilities for the S/PPRC cover five full pages in the Book of Discipline. This workshop will help you understand the breadth of responsibilities and provide best practices for implementing and organizing your work

Simplify Structure, Increase Ministry
Presented by: Rev. Dwight Bowers 
The United Methodist Book of Discipline allows the simplification of administrative structure as long as the objectives of ministry and mission are accomplished.  This course will present a model for simplified structure that is adaptable for a congregation of any size.  Simplified structure creates time and opportunity to: (1) create an effective “discipleship pathway” for faith development, (2) expand mission locally and beyond, and (3) facilitate the development of leaders.  The result: fewer meetings; more ministry! There will be course handouts, but participants are encouraged to bring materials for note-taking.

Click here for a printable PDF you can use to invite friends or to pass out at your small groups and churches! 

Location Name: 
Online only
Michelle Robinson and Lesley Moore
mrobinson@wocumc.org and lmoore@wocumc.org