All of the ministers together. Front (l-r): Mike Sturgill, Brent Liechty, Rocky Spear, Jerry Drummond, Don Ross, Eldon Grubb, Jim Pryor, Andy Stahl. Back (l-r): Phil Whipple, Tim Sherman, Greg Voight, Mark Ralph, Ricky Hull, Todd Fetters, Todd Greenman, Devon Strine, Ted Doolittle, Dan Kopp, Joe Leighton, Ron Watterly, Nick Woodall, Ron Evans, and Dan VanArsdalen.

All of the ministers together. Front (l-r): Mike Sturgill, Brent Liechty, Rocky Spear, Jerry Drummond, Don Ross, Eldon Grubb, Jim Pryor, Andy Stahl. Back (l-r): Phil Whipple, Tim Sherman, Greg Voight, Mark Ralph, Ricky Hull, Todd Fetters, Todd Greenman, Devon Strine, Ted Doolittle, Dan Kopp, Joe Leighton, Ron Watterly, Nick Woodall, Ron Evans, and Dan VanArsdalen.

Todd Fetters, director of National Ministries, spearheaded the Pastors Summit.

Todd Fetters, director of National Ministries, spearheaded the Pastors Summit.

Lisa Fetters led sessions for pastors' wives.

Lisa Fetters led sessions for pastors’ wives.

Joe Leighton, pastor of Salem Chapel (Junction City, Ohio), tells his "Because of Jesus..." story.

Joe Leighton, pastor of Salem Chapel (Junction City, Ohio), tells his “Because of Jesus…” story.

The Pastors Summit ended with a prayer time.

The Pastors Summit ended with a prayer time.

The second Pastors Summit was held May 5-7 at the Gull Lake Ministries camp in Hickory Corners, Mich. The event was for senior pastors and spouses from churches with an average attendance under 150. It drew 43 persons–five persons from the national office, 24 senior pastors, and 14 pastors’ wives. The ministers and spouses included:

  • 10 pastors and 6 spouses from UB churches in Michigan.
  • 11 pastors and 7 spouses from UB churches in Ohio.
  • 2 pastors and 1 spouses from UB churches in Indiana.
  • 1 pastor from Pennsylvania.

The Pastors Summit followed the same format as the summit held the previous week in Pennsylvania, beginning on Monday evening and concluding by noon on Wednesday. Bishop Phil Whipple was the speaker for the three sessions. He opened on Monday night by telling about his journey as a minister, from his call to ministry through serving various churches both before and after joining the United Brethren denomination. It was fascinating stuff. On Tuesday he addressed principles he has learned along the way, and then spoke primarily about brokenness.

Coaching was a big part of the Pastors Summit. Pastors could sign up for a coaching session with one of the five trained coaches, all UB ministers:

  • Dan Kopp, pastor of NorthPointe UB church (Lewis Center, Ohio).
  • Greg Voight, pastor of Lancaster UB (Lancaster, Ohio).
  • Rocky Spear, pastor of Mongul UB Shippensburg, Pa.).
  • Mark Wilson, pastor of Fowlerville UB church (Fowlerville, Mich.).
  • Jerry Drummond, a retired UB minister from Ashley, Mich.

Dan Kopp, Greg Voight, and Rocky Spear all served as coaches in Pennsylvania. The participants who signed up for coaching spent two sessions with their coach–an hour on Tuesday afternoon, and an hour on Wednesday morning. There will also be some follow-up interactions.

The Gull Lake lodge, where meetings and meals were held, included a large gymnasium and a four-lane bowling alley. After the Monday night session, nine men reconvened on the basketball court for about 90 minutes. Most were pretty rusty, and far removed from the Glory Days of Youth, but it was quite fun. They on Tuesday night, 11 pastors and three spouses donned their bowling shoes for the evening. Two persons worth mentioning:

  • Eldon Grubb, pastor of Pleasant Valley UB church (Lake Odessa, Mich.), had the night’s best cumulative score.
  • Devon Strine, pastor of Mount Pleasant UB church (Angola, Ind.), had the night’s single highest game score.

The Pastors Summit ended Wednesday morning with a group session during which pastors were invited to give a brief (no longer than 4 minutes) testimony which completed one of these statements: “Because of Jesus…” or “If it hadn’t been for Jesus….” The group was continuously in transition, since coaching sessions were going on at the same time; every hour, some ministers would leave and others would return.

The event concluded with a prayer time led by Bishop Phil Whipple.

Below are a few photos from the Pastors Summit. Many more–nearly 100–can be found on the UB Facebook page.

Sam Ward, Pastor of Creative Worship at Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.) leads a session at the Worship Summit.

Sam Ward, Pastor of Creative Worship at Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.) leads a session at the Worship Summit.

The 2014 UB Worship Summit is currently underway in Daytona Beach, Fla. This is a conference for UB ministers working in staff positions with music and worship. It is held every two years.

Thirteen persons are attending. The Worship Summit began on Monday and will continue through Thursday (May 5-8). The participants are:

  • Sam Ward, Pastor of Creative Worship at Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.).
  • Tom Mahas, Youth/Worship Pastor at Bethel UB church (Elmore, Ohio).
  • John Authenreith, Pastor of Worship Arts at Mainstreet Church (Walbridge, Ohio).
  • Kurtis Charleville, Youth & Worship Director at Hillsdale UB church (Hillsdale, Mich.).
  • Luke Spurgeon, associate pastor at Mt. Olivet UB church (Franklin, Pa.).
  • Dan Friend, Pastor of Music at Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.).
  • Chris Kuntz, Worship Pastor of the Family Life Service, Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.).
  • Kevin Mattison, Technical Director at Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.).
  • Jessi Hott, Worship Intern at Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.).
  • Matthew Hann, Associate Pastor of Care and Worship at Jerusalem Chapel (Churchville, Va.).
  • Monty Seaman, Worship & Connections Pastor at Mongul Church (Shippensburg, Pa.).
  • Holly Seaman, Mongul Church (Shippensburg, Pa.).
  • John Plumley, Worship Director at Fowlerville UB church (Fowlerville, Mich.).

Todd Fetters, director of National Ministries, is spearheading the Pastors Summits.

Todd Fetters, director of National Ministries, is spearheading the Pastors Summits.

Brent and Loretta Liechty, from Pathway UB in Jackson, Mich., are leading music for the Pastors Summit.

Brent and Loretta Liechty, from Pathway UB in Jackson, Mich., are leading music for the Pastors Summit.

Bishop Phil Whipple is the keynote speaker at the Pastors Summit.

Bishop Phil Whipple is the keynote speaker at the Pastors Summit.

A group of 42 United Brethren pastors and spouses are attending.

A group of 42 United Brethren pastors and spouses are attending.

The second Pastors Summit is underway at Gull Lake Ministries campground in Hickory Corners, Mich. This event is for pastors and wives from churches with an attendance under 150. An identical event was held last week at Rhode Grove Camp in Chambersburg, Pa.

There are 42  people attending–about the same as at the Pennsylvania summit. The attendees, most of them senior pastors and spouses, come from Ohio (18), Michigan (16), and Indiana (8).

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Are your church staff signed up for the Associate Staff Summit? Time is running out. The early registration deadline is April 15.

This event is held every two years for persons serving in such staff roles as pastoral care, assimilation, adult education, visitation, counseling, missions, discipleship, children’s ministry, etc.

Location: the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The keynote speaker is Mike Bonem, author of the book “Leading from the Second Chair.” He will focus on the role of leaders in secondary positions–perfect for the Associate Staff Summit.

The registration cost is either $250 (2 persons in a room) or $400 (1 person in a room). Registration includes lodging, 3 breakfasts, and 3 dinners. The cost rises $50 per person after April 15. For more information and to register, go to UB.org.

In 2014, we will hold Pastor Summits for senior pastors and spouses of churches of all sizes, broken down as follows:

  • Churches with an attendance of 0-150.
  • Churches with an attendance of 150-300.
  • Churches with an attendance of 300+.

Pastors and spouses can now register for these events. Program and other information will come later.

Attendance up to 150
Pastors can choose one of these locations:

April 28-30, 2014
Rhodes Grove Camp and Conference Center
Chambersburg, Pa.

May 5-7, 2014
Gull Lake Ministries
Hickory Corners, Mich.

Attendance of 150-300

October 20-23, 2014
Daytona Beach, Fla.

Attendance of 300+

October 27-30, 2014
Daytona Beach, Fla.

Pastors must pay for their transportation and a few meals. The denomination will cover everything else, including:

  • Lodging for pastor and spouse.
  • Opening banquet.
  • Breakfasts.
  • Speaker and breakouts.
  • Downtime to relax and rejuvenate.
  • Face-to-face time with Bishop Phil Whipple and National Ministries Director Todd Fetters.

UBChurches.org, our online church directory, gives the latest average attendance we have on file for your church. Just do a search by church name or location.

The Pastor Summits are in addition to the summits scheduled for staffpersons:

  • Associate Staff Summit: May 12-15, 2014
  • Youth Workers Summit: April 28 – May 1, 2014
  • Worship Summit: May 5-8, 2014

Attendees of the 2012 UB Youth Summit.

In 2012, the Youth Workers Summit attracted 25 youth workers from across UBdom (above). It was a great time of networking with other youth leaders and being encouraged by others who are in the trenches of youth ministry. They enjoyed the beach, the golf course, and incredibly beautiful weather, along with the chance to slow down and step away from the constant demands of youth ministry.

You can now register for the annual UB Youth Workers Summit.

Date: April 29 – May 2 (Monday – Thursday).
Location: at First UB church in Holly Hill, Fla.
Registration Cost: $99 ($120 after April 1).

The theme is “THRIVE: More Than Just Surviving in Youth Ministry.” Participants will spend some much-needed time together talking, learning, serving, worshipping, laughing, sharing, and connecting with brothers and sisters in the trenches of youth ministry.

This conference is for the “lead” (or primary) youth leader of your United Brethren church, whether full-time, part-time, or volunteer.

The keynote speaker is Arthus Wilson (right), campus pastor at Huntington University.

Attendees will stay at the Ocean Walk Resort in Daytona Beach, Fla. The cost of lodging is included in the registration fee, unless you bring your spouse (in which case you are responsible for your own lodging expenses and reservations.

The conference begins with steaks on the grill at 4:00 on Monday afternoon, April 29, and will come to a close after the evening session on Thursday, May 2. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

This is a conference for UB ministers working in staff positions with music and worship. The organizers have a goal of 8-12 people.

Date: May 7-10, 2012 (Monday-Thursday)
Location: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Cost: $150 per person (several scholarships are available, if cost is an issue)

Meetings will be held at the Wyndham Ocean Walk hotel, located on Daytona Beach itself. (300 N. Atlantic, Daytona Beach FL, 32118)

The sessions will include “planned conversations,” where participants learn from each other. As opposed to having a particular speaker.

Further information will be posted on the UB website as available.

The Millennium Hotel in Buffalo, NY, where attendees will be staying.

We are holding a four-day conference for ministry staff in United Brethren churches. This includes persons working in such staff roles as pastoral care, assimilation, adult education, visitation, counseling, missions, discipleship, children’s ministry, etc.

It is NOT for senior pastors. Also, youth ministers and worship/music ministers are holding their own summits separately.

Dates: May 21-24, 2012 (Monday-Thursday)
Registration time: 4 pm Monday, May 21
Location: Buffalo, New York
Cost: $250 per attendee
Spouses: Yes, spouses are invited.

Your congregation needs to make sure any associate staff can attend. So budget some funds and clear their schedules for that week.

Location
The meetings will be held at Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Buffalo, New York. Pat Jones (right), who is well-known to UBs through his years as a UB pastor and as Director of Healthy Church Ministries, has been senior pastor at Eastern Hills since October 2009. He’ll be the keynote speaker for three sessions.

Attendees need to bring their passport, because there will be an afternoon outing to Niagara Falls and an evening meal at the falls. (Associate staff from our Canadian churches will also take part in the conference.)

Registration
The registration deadline is April 23. We have a guaranteed block of rooms at the Millennium hotel until that date. After April 23, we can’t guarantee that you’ll get a room at the Millennium.

Various factors, as given below, affect the registration cost. All per-person costs increase $25 after April 22 (that means a $50 increase for couples).

Registration with Lodging
Attendees will stay three nights (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo (2040 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY 14225). The costs:

  • $250 per attendee
  • $300 for attendee and spouse
  • $175 if you are willing to share a room with another attendee

Additional perks for staying at the Millenium:

  • Complimentary onsite parking
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from airport or Amtrak station
  • Complimentary high speed wireless internet in guestrooms

You will be required to present a valid credit card upon check-in for incidentals during your stay. Otherwise, your overnight lodging fees and taxes will be cared for by Healthy Ministry Resources and your full event fee.

Registration without Lodging
If you provide your own lodging, the cost is:

  • $100 per attendee
  • $150 for attendee and spouse

Meals
Meals included in all packages are:

  • Breakfast on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Millenium Hotel banquet room
  • Dinner on Tuesday night at Niagara Falls. You must bring your passport to cross into Canada.
  • Dinner on Wednesday at the Millenium Hotel banquet room

You will be on your own for lunch each day.

2011 UB Youth Summit

Attendees of the 2011 UB Youth Summit in Holly Hill, Fla. (click to enlarge).

Bobby Culler, chairman, Youth Ministry Team

The 2011 UB Youth Summit was held May 2-5 at First UB church in Holly Hill, Fla, (near Daytona Beach). This year, 23 youth workers from across UBdom gathered for a time of relaxation and refueling as we spent some much needed time “focusing” and “refocusing” on the things that are really important.

Rev. Denny Miller, senior pastor of Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., was our keynote speaker. He shared with the group the importance of focusing on the Word of God. This proved to be a very valuable time as each of us were challenged in our preparation and our presentation of our messages and lessons.

The Summit was a beneficial time of networking with other youth leaders and being encouraged by others who are in the trenches of youth ministry. We enjoyed the beach, the golf course, and the incredibly beautiful weather, along with the opportunity to slow down and step away from the constant demands of Youth Ministry.

Mark your calendar for next year’s Summit: April 30 – May 3, 2012. It is well-worth it!

The Children’s Ministry Summit, previously scheduled for May 17-18, 2011, has been cancelled. They had hoped for 15 registrants, but weren’t close to that number, so the decision was made to pull the plug.