24 Sep Four-Day Meeting for Pastors of Mid-Sized UB Churches
A UB Mid-Sized Church Conference is being held September 24-27 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The conference is designed for pastors and spouses from United Brethren churches with an average attendance of 150-300. The theme is “Breaking Through Common Barriers.”
A group of 37 persons are attending. They include senior pastors from 22 of the 25 UB churches in this attendance range.
Lodging for Monday through Wednesday evenings at the Ocean Walk Resort is covered, as is one evening meal. Participants are paying for transportation and all other meals.
The basic schedule:
- Monday, September 24. The event begins with a 6:30 dinner, after which Bishop Phil Whipple will speak to the group.
- Tuesday. Workshops in the morning, with the rest of the day free (hit the beach go golfing, etc.).
- Wednesday. Workshops in the morning, afternoon free, with an 8 pm closing session.
- Thursday. A service project with First UB church in nearby Holly Hill, Fla.
Presenters will be UB pastors from the larger churches who have at least taken a church through the 400 barrier. Topics include: Space Utilization, Leading vs. Managing, Staffing, Developing Leaders Around You, and Impacting Your Community.
Persons attending from the national office are Bishop Phil Whipple, Jeff Bleijerveld (Director of Global Ministries), Dennis Miller (Cluster Coordinator), and Gary Gates (Director of Ministerial Licenses).
Getaway meetings for pastors, staff, and spouses from the largest UB churches (300+) have been held somewhat regularly for about eight years.