2015 Route 122 Gathering:
Tools and Tales for Transformation
We believe Paragraph 122 in the United Methodist Book of Discipline is the road to renewal for existing congregations.
This conference will be held Tuesday, December 1st - Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, at Kavanaugh Retreat and The Kentucky Annual Conference Center, 7400 Floydsburg Rd., Crestwood, KY 40014.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - Thursday , December 3, 2015.
$89 per person
$79 per person for two or more
The Louisville International Airport is approximately 30 minutes from Kavanaugh Retreat and The Kentucky Annual Conference Center. No shuttles are provided.
There will be tables for a Marketplace. If you wish to be a vendor, contact Betsey Heavner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hampton Inn Louisville - Northeast
4100 Hampton Lake Way, Louisville, KY 40241
Contact: Taylor Harbin
Use code: R12
Rates: $99 per night
For a more rustic experience that is on the grounds of our meeting place:
Kavanaugh Life Retreat Center
7505 Kavanaugh Rd
Crestwood, KY 40014
Rates: $72 per night
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
|10:00am - 12:00pm||Orientation for New Judicatory Leaders responsible for vitalization with Bob Farr and Betsey Heavener|
|2:30pm||Eight Keys for Renewal with Bob Farr|
|3:30pm||Affinity groups around Eight Keys|
|4:30pm||Group conversation around Transformation|
|5:00pm||St. Matthews story with Eric Bryant, Derek Robinette & Corey Nelson|
|5:30pm||Dinner at Kavanaugh Retreat Center|
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
|8:30am -9:15am||Morning Worship|
|Workshop 1 options (descriptions below):
Openness to the Holy Spirit
|Workshop 2 options (descriptions below):
Academies for Building Excellence
Accountable Action Plan
|Transformation within Challenging Ethic and Economic Diversity with Carlos Rameriz, Willis Johnson, and Chip Freed.|
|"World Café" conversations on issues raised by the panel facilitated by Margaret Gilliken|
|Jurisdictional meetings to select new plan team members for Route 122|
|4:30pm||Promotional material - Marketplace|
|Dinner on your own|
Thursday, December 3, 2015
|Story of Transformation|
|Workshop 3 options (descriptions below):
Developing Transformational Leaders
Closing Well, Vital Mergers, Legacy Issues
Small Church Principles for Vitality
|Worship with Jacob Armstrong|
Workshop 1 - Wednesday, December 2 at 9:15am - 10:30am (Please choose one of the four options listed below to attend)
- Apostolic Leaders: Helping Pastors Build Transformational Leaderships Teams - Jaye Johnson
This workshop will discuss practical ways judicatory leaders can use to assist local church leaders build effective teams for transformation. The primary tool we will use is the DISC profile, which is an assessment tool and theory that sheds light on how people think, act, and interact with other people especially when it comes to decision making and leadership. We will look at what types of profiles need to offset their potential drawbacks and bolster their strengths.
Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson is one of eight Field Outreach Ministers in the Iowa Annual Conference and helps pastors, congregations, and communities live boldly into the future God dreams for them by being a coach, consultant, resource person, and encourager for congregations of all sizes. Jaye served a variety of ministry settings including a "blended congregation" that functioned in mission, structure, and polity as one church, but maintained with five worship centers and he led a "vital ecumenical merger" of a United Methodist and a Presbyterian congregation. He earned his Master of Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Congregational Development from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Jaye is married to Rev. Amy Johnson. They live in Milo, IA with their two children Alee (14) and Andrew (12). In his free time, Jaye likes to camp and play golf, both of which he admits he does not do enough.
- Conference Alignment - Bob Farr
- Independent Assessment - Amy Wagner
Assessing current reality is a critical part of local church revitalization. There are a variety of assessments available to congregations (some of them a part of a larger revitalization process and some not). This workshop will offer a brief overview of the multiple assessments available for use in local congregations, and offer some suggestions for the context in which each assessment would be most useful.
Amy Wagner is the Director of Congregational Development & Revitalization for the Western Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church. She previously pastored congregations in Western Pennsylvania and served in the Congregational Development Office of the Northern Illinois Conference. Amy is also wife to Rob, a patent attorney and corporate litigator, and mom to two young children, Joseph and Grace.
- Openness to Holy Spirit - Betsey Heavner
“Leaders of revitalizing churches seek the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit.” This workshop will identify some conference strategies for building this key element into the culture of renewal. There will be examples from leaders of healthy churches as well of examples of the many ways leaders pay attention to the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Betsey Heavner is a spiritual director and retreat leader who recently retired from 16 years at Discipleship Ministries working with conference and congregational leaders. She holds a certificate in spiritual formation from Columbia Theological Seminary. Betsey enjoys travel, gardening, reading, and learning. Betsey and her husband have 3 adult children and delightful grandchildren!
Workshop 2 - Wednesday, December 2 at 10:45am - 12:00pm (Please choose one of the four options listed below to attend)
- Coaching - Kelly Brown
Coaching will cover the different styles of coaching. This workshop will also explore ways to train and deploy coaches in your setting and how to build a culture where coaching can lead to more vital congregations.
- Discipleship Pathway - Focusing on the Grace of Jesus Christ - Liliana and David Rangels
Reverend David Rangel is the senior pastor of Casa Linda United Methodist Church in the Dallas area. A native from Monterrey Mexico, Pastor David came to Dallas in 2005 as a missionary to support the Hispanic Methodist churches. He then stayed and currently belongs to the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering in Administration and a minor in Music Education. He is set to graduate with Master of Divinity from SMU in the fall of 2016.
In local church, his call is to make disciples and equip them to discover their call in service for God. Around the conference his call is to help pastors who want to start Hispanic ministries; his desire is to help grow the Hispanic ministries of the United Methodist Church; by coaching discipleship, worship, and small groups.
His brother Kaleb Rangel and he have created a discipleship/leadership program “Route 180” that will be publish at the end of 2015. This program has helped worship attendance grow from 55 in 2011 to 150 in 2014.
Casa Linda is one of the most vibrant and fasted growing Hispanic churches of the North Texas Conference. Pastor David and Casa Linda have been chosen to be an incubator of future planters in association with Path 1 and The Center of New Church Development & Congregational Transformation of the North Texas Conference. David has been married with his wife Liliana since 2011 and together they are passionate about growing disciples for Christ.
- Creating Learning Opportunities - Rev. Dr. Aaron M. Bouwens
Continuous lay and clergy learning and collaboration is one of the eight essentials for revitalization. In this workshop participants will explore multiple models of learning environments including leadership development, preaching, revitalization and others. Conversation will include how to develop, implement and evaluate learning opportunities for laity and clergy.
Rev. Dr. Aaron M. Bouwens serves as Director of Vital Congregations for the Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He provides leadership to the Conference revitalization process, "Hand to Plow", as well as the Illuminate Preaching Academy, Leadership Academy, and various projects throughout the Conference. He lives in Homer, NY with his wife, Sarah, and three daughters, Rachel, Leah, and Hannah.
- Accountable Action Plan - :"So That" Planning - Phil Maynard
Effective planning for ministry is bigger than figuring out what the church wants to do. It starts by aligning the planning with the mission and vision of the congregation, identifying missional outcomes, building clear and measurable goals, and creating clear action steps. In other words, it is planning "so that" the church lives into its potential.
Dr. Phil Maynard has served as Director, Path 1 Coaching Network (Discipleship Ministries) Director, Excellence in Ministry Coaching (www.emc3coaching.com) and Director, Church Leadership Training Institute (www.churchleadershiptraining.com). Before taking an early retirement to enter a full-time ministry of coaching, consulting, and training, Phil served as Director of Congregational Excellence for the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Phil is a certified coach, and Endorsed coach (UMEA), a certified Conflict/Mediation Coach, and licensed trainer/facilitator. Phil is a graduate of Duke Divinity School (M.Div & Th.M); University of Kansas (M.S. ED); and Drew (D.Min). He is a contributing author for the Transform One resource (ChurchSmart) and author of Discovering the Possibilities: A Ministry Action Potential Study; SHIFT: Helping Congregations Back into the Game of Effective Ministry; Tips, Tools & Activities for Coaching Leadership Teams; Foundations: An Introduction to Spiritual Practices; Discipleship Coach Training Workbook; Real Discipleship Survey/Personal Report
Workshop 3- Thursday, December 3 at 9:00am - 10:00am (Please choose one of the four options listed below to attend)
- Simple Governance for United Methodists - Steve Ross
Simplifying its structure is often necessary to allow a congregation the agility to thrive in our dynamic mission contexts. Simple governance also helps a congregation to support better leadership practices and a clearer focus on mission and vision. Why does simple governance help church vitality? What does simple governance look like and how does it work in the UMC? Which churches can make the most of simple governance and how can it best be implemented?
Steve Ross has served in the Oregon-Idaho Conference as a pastor and conference leader for 33 years. He led two turnaround churches and the revitalization of Camp and Retreat Ministries. He currently serves as the Director of Vital Church Ministries for his Conference and is the author of Leadership and Organization for Fruitful Congregations, a guide to simple governance in United Methodist Congregations.
- Developing Transformational Leader - Bill Mudge
Rev. Bill Mudge is the District Superintendent of the Adirondack District in the Upper New York Annual Conference. Prior to his term as a Superintendent, Bill served as pastor to of the Cherry Valley and Salt Springville UMC's, the Branchport and Bluff Point UMC's, Maynard and West Schuyler UMC's, and for 20 years was the pastor of the Boonville UMC and Director of New Creation Ministries, at 14 church co-operative parish. In 2007 Bill planted Center*Point Christian Fellowship. In addition to his work as a DS, Bill also provides leadership to Christ Church Glens Falls as a part of the pastoral Team. While at home Bill shares life with his wide Shari, four children and five grandchildren.
Developing Transformational Leaders
A key ministry of a District Superintendent as they fulfill the role of missional strategist is the development of leaders. This workshop will explore what has been working on one district by looking at a system of small group gatherings for clergy designed to increase their leadership capacity. Time will also be given for information sharing among the group in regards to ways of developing transformational leaders.
- Small Membership Churches - Tactics for the Process - Diana Northcutt
Small membership churches have a unique ministry. Many of our small membership churches suffer from low self esteem and have lost their desire for mission for the Kingdom. This workshop will give practical tools of how small membership churches can revive their mission and be vital - no matter what their size.
Diana is an Elder in the Oklahoma Conference and has served small rural churches for the past 15 years in Aline, Carter, Granite, Willow, Laverne and Rosston. In June 2004, Diana was appointed to serve as the Director for Local Church Youth Ministries. Diana has worked with youth in one capacity or another for over 40 years. In 2009, Diana was appointed to a new position, "Director of Discipleship Ministries for the Small Membership Church". In this position, she is responsible for consultations, resourcing, and demographic information for smaller churches in the conference, as well as conference youth ministry responsibilities. In June 2015, her job title changed to the Director of Discipleship Ministries where she will resource both mid size and small membership churches for renovation and church growth. In June, she was also appointed to start a new ministries outreach program in a church that was recently closed.
- Closing Well/Vital Merger/Legacy - Jim Ozier
Dr. Jim Ozier is the Director of New Church Development and Congregational Transformation for the North Texas Conference. In addition, he is a workshop leader, coach, and consultant working with hundreds of pastors and churches in over 20 annual conferences throughout the country. Jim has been a presenter at Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute, and keynoted the Indiana Annual Conference.
Rev. Ozier is responsible for starting new churches and deepening the discipleship in the fast-growing Metroplex area and throughout NorthTexas. Prior to his current assignment, for nearly 18 years he was senior pastor at Trietsch Memorial UMC in Flower Mound. In his tenure, the church grew from 500 to over 4,000 and birthed three new successful churches.
Jim Ozier is an established motivational speaker and presenter for religious groups, civic organizations, and corporations. Based on techniques and ideas learned from his experiences with Southwest Airlines, he has conducted numerous seminars on culture and hospitality for hundreds of pastors, churches, districts, and annual conferences.
He is the author of the book Clip In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church published by Abingdon Press. Jim specializes in coaching "2nd Pastors Following Founding Pastors" as well as church transitions involving long-tenured pastors and large churches.
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