WI Conference ENews: Autumn Retreat at Pine Lake, LEADUMC 2022, Midwest Missions Volunteers Needed, Clergy Housing Allowance Info

Conference News

Autumn Relaxation Retreat at Pine Lake

Do you need time to step away from the stress and busyness of life right now? Maybe learn a new relaxation method or technique that can serve you for years to come? 

That is the essential goal of this new retreat at Pine Lake. This retreat is taking place from September 23rd-26th and will be a time to rest, heal, and to reconnect with God in nature. Activities will include yoga, hiking, bead meditation, vespers, education on herbal tea and nutrition, time at the labyrinth, and even forest bathing (Look it up. It's an actual thing!). 

We look forward to serving you meals and providing a space to decompress and rest this Fall. Click here to register and learn more

Lead 2022 Conference and Young Adult Cohort- Registration & Speaker Applications Now Open

UMCLEAD is excited to announce that registration for the LEAD 2022 Conference in San Diego is now live! LEAD will be held in San Diego, CA from January 23rd-26th, 2022. The host hotel will be The Lafayette Hotel and the host church will be Normal Heights United Methodist Church.

LEAD creates space for Christian leaders to be vulnerable and courageous, connects them around their hopes for the future, and equips them to bring those hopes into realty. LEADers see a vision of the kin-dom of God and are willing to go through anything to get there. We support them on the journey. 

Speakers will be chosen from an application process that closes July 31st and will present on a variety of topics. Church, non-profit, education, and business leaders are encouraged to apply. Each speaker will give a 7-18 minute "TED style" talk. Registration to attend is now open. Learn more about LEAD UMC

Denominational News


COB Hires David Field as New Ecumenical Staff Officer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church (UMC) has hired Dr. David N. Field as the new Ecumenical Staff Officer for Faith & Order and Theological Dialogue. Dr. Field, a member of the UMC Central and Southern Europe Central Conference, replaces the Rev. Kyle Tau, PhD. In his new role, Dr. Field will provide staff support to the bi-lateral dialogues and full-communion coordinating committees of the UMC, especially related to the Episcopal Church, Catholic Church, Moravian Church, and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America relationships. 

“We are excited to add Dr. Field to our staff, not only due to his significant Wesleyan theological contributions to The United Methodist Church already, but also because he comes with a global, ecumenical perspective and its relationships,” Bishop Dyck said. “He is well-known to many leaders in the UMC and we look forward to the ways that he can resource the Council of Bishops in our theological work at this very crucial time in our church.”

People of God Campaign invites members to #BeUMC

United Methodist Communications, in collaboration with other denominational leaders, is building on the People of God campaign, launched in 2020. The addition of a new hashtag and call-to-action – #BeUMC – invites church members to embody the church’s values, embrace its aspirations, and remain with The United Methodist Church even in difficult times. Resources for your church can be found on the United Methodist Communications page.  Read More


Mission News & Information


 Midwest Mission Volunteers Needed!

Midwest Mission needs your help the weeks of: August 2nd-6th, August 9th- 13th, August 16th, August 18th- 20th, August 25th-27th, and August 30th- September 3rd.

If you are interested in volunteering any of these days or weeks, please contact Pat Wright to get your reservation booked. Individuals and groups are welcome. pat@midwestmission.org or 217-697-4063

Other Resources


What You Really Need to Know about Clergy Housing Allowance

GCFA is taking part in a webinar for laity and clergy to help churches better understand this special provision and how it can be a blessing to everyone! Bryan Mills, General Counsel and head of the legal staff at the General Counsel on Finance & Administration, will join Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship & Generosity for Discipleship Ministries, to explore the "ins and outs" of how to set up these allowances and what can be included.  Register Now!

Grants Available to Support Ecumenism

WASHINGTON — The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church invites applications for the 2022 Local Initiatives Grants, which support ecumenical and interreligious work. The Council of Bishops offers three grants of $1,000 each to groups within conferences for special projects. The deadline is Sept. 17. Read press release

To apply (PDF)

New Webinar! How Small Groups Energize Churches

After this past year, connecting with our faith communities is more important than ever. But- also because of this last year- our gathering together may look different than ever before. As leaders prepare and plan for people returning to church, there are many questions, such as:

Who will return and who will stay home? How do we stay connected with everyone? How do we grow relationships with the new people who found us online this past year? Join in this new webinar series as pastors, small-group leaders, and digital experts discuss how church leaders can help their congregation sand communities continue to grow spiritually, whether online or in person. 

Tuesday, August 10th and Thursday, August 12th at 1:00pm CT

Learn more or Register now!