AC September 2018


I’m still buzzed about our District Training.  We had over 400 clergy and lay together to learn from some amazing leaders.
        Michael Beck                     Corky Calhoun               Dale Locke


Fresh Expressions               Generous Churches     Working Together

I know many of you are interested in follow-up on these topics.  Please feel free to contact my office or the speakers on what is available to share.  I know Michael Beck is interested in helping us as a District in developing more Fresh Expressions.  Give my office a call or email Patti at to let us know if you have some interest. 

My thanks go out to First UMC, Port St. Lucie and Indian River City UMC for hosting us – they both did an exceptional job! 

The District and Conference are here to serve you and so let me highlight some great learning opportunities you can access:

  • ACD Way Forward Meeting for Clergy and Laity 
  • Bishop’s Regional Gathering 
  • Winter Conference at Epworth by the Sea                                                                   
  • Our Kids Training Plus
  • Deep Dive
  • Dare to Explore
  • Rooted Conference

See details in this newsletter.

With His Grace and Peace,


Commission on The Way Forward 




The plan was released when the Council of Bishops asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory judgment on whether the three proposed plans are constitutional.

Click here to read the report.


ACD Way Forward Meeting for Clergy & Laity
September 24 10:00am - 12:00am Suntree UMC

Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Alex Shanks will lead a presentation and discussion about the proposal that the Council of Bishops will recommend to the called General Conference to be held in February 2019.  All clergy are encouraged to attend one of the events.   Feel free to bring Lay persons with you.  To see a listing of the schedule of all district meetings, click here.


Bishop's Regional Gatherings 2018


The Cross and the Flame:

Conversations with Bishop Carter

Bishop Carter will hold four regional gatherings in September of 2018. These events are open to all, and there will be an opportunity to submit questions for Bishop Carter prior to the gatherings.

 Each event will begin at 6:30 PM and a reception will follow:

  • Sunday, September 16 - Killearn UMC, Tallahassee
  • Monday, September 17 - First UMC, Winter Park
  • Tuesday, September 18 - First UMC, Boca Raton
  • Wednesday, September 19 - Harvest UMC, Lakewood Ranch

Click here to register and submit your questions


Winter Conference @ Epworth By the Sea

Dear Clergy,

In lieu of our Clergy Gathering which had been tentatively scheduled October 23 - 24, 2018, we are inviting you to attend the Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea, January 29 - February 1, 2019. This will be a combined event with the Bishops and clergy of the North Georgia, Mississippi, South Georgia and Florida Conferences. Dr. Tod Bolinger, author of Canoeing The Mountains, will be the keynote speaker.  

Be sure to register soon as we expect this to be a sold out event. 

Click here to register. 

Click here for the flyer. 

Love in Christ,

Rev. Sara L. McKinley
Director of The Office of Clergy Excellence


 “Our Kids Training Plus” which is hosted by the School Church Initiative Team

When: Saturday, September 29th 10am-3pm

Where: St. Luke’s UMC, Orlando, FL

We ask that churches bring a team.

Cost: $25. Per person, max $75 per church. $10. Per additional if childcare is needed.

Link for additional information and registration: Click here



Deep Dive for two topic areas:


Come learn more about what it is like to have strong lay leaders, leadership teams that work together, and sharing of tips and failures from the Grace family. Leadership in the local church should be a balance of strong committed leaders partnering with their clergy to see through the vision and ministry of the church. For 22 years, Grace Church has been shaping how leadership is lived out on the main campus of Grace Church, as well as four additional campuses. With core values of reach/connect/form/send as a disciple-making system, with covenant and expectations of leaders, Grace uses a team approach for leadership.

Date: Tues/Wed September 4 )& 5 ( starting 10am Tuesday, finish by lunch Wednesday)

Where: Grace Church, Cape Coral, FL

Cost: Only your travel costs

Who should attend? Churches with a team of 3-5 people (clergy and/or staff person, lay volunteer, committee person, etc.?)

Registration link: Click on LEADERSHIP


Learn about North Naples process for making disciples, new members, and continuous spiritual formation. This church has a great way of putting systems in place and wants to share these with you. This is truly a teaching church!

Date: Mon/Tues October 15 & 16 (starting 10 am on 15th, ending before lunch on the 16th)

Where: North Naples UMC, Naples FL

Cost: Only your travel costs

Who should attend? Churches with a team of 3-5 people (clergy and/or staff person, lay volunteer, committee person, etc.?)

Registration link: Click on Discipleship

Dare to Explore   

is a student leadership retreat for students by students.  This is a great event to bring your student leaders (or those whom you'd like to become students leaders) to, in whatever form that takes in your local church.  For some that is their whole youth group, for others it is a core group of student leaders.  Whichever way you choose to use it, this weekend will be a blessing to you and your leaders!  We will engage in worship, workshops, and fellowship time. Our goal for this retreat is to explore who God wants us to be by exploring who we are as individuals, who we are as a group, and what God wants us to do with what we have. This year the retreat days are February 15th-17th at Warren W. Willis Camp in Leesburg, Florida. The registration is $90 per person and registration opens in the first of October. We can't wait to see you and your team. No matter where you are on your spiritual walk, be prepared to explore!

Please do not hesitate to email us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

The CCYM team


 Rooted Conference 2018

A UMC Training Event for Youth, Children and Family Ministry Leaders
September 17-18
Warren Willis Camp: Fruitland Park, FL
One-day and two-day options are available.

Like the interconnected roots of the redwood trees, a strong network is a game-changer for ministry leaders. Rooted is designed to connect those leaders to each other, to innovative and inspiring training, to resources and, most importantly, to God. 

Rooted is the "can't miss" event for anyone involved in KidMin, youth and family ministry. Whether you are brand new to ministry, a long-time veteran, on the church payroll or volunteering your time, you will find valuable time in the worship, classes and community at Rooted. 

Rooted is proudly hosted by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Youth Ministry Institute. 

Registration is now open at

Please contact Joel Pancoast at if you have any questions. Looking forward to an amazing event.

Joel Pancoast




Early Response Teams (ERT) are self-contained teams who enter a disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management officials.  ERTs offer a Christian presence and are trained to provide various types of physical, emotional and spiritual assistance to disaster survivors.  ERTs are registered with the Disaster Recovery Ministry of the Florida Conference and Disaster Recovery coordinates team placement to get help where it is needed most after a disaster. ERT training focuses on types, phases and levels of a disaster and explains what is meant by early response.  Participants are trained by UMCOR-certified trainers and receive a badge identifying them with UMCOR and the Florida ...

September 24 - AC District Commission On a Way Forward Report Update

Commission on a Way Forward Report Update September 24th at 10:00 A.M. at Suntree UMC, Melbourne, FL Rev. Alex Shanks will lead a presentation and discussion about the Commission on a Way Forward Report to the called General Conference to be held in February 2019.  

September 29 - Our Kids Training Plus!

"Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." Luke 18:16 Our Kids Training Plus Putting the Florida Conference School and Church Partnership to Work We strongly recommend that you create a team of at least 3 to attend this event together. Click HERE to register.  

October 15 - AC dCOM meeting

Materials due September 17 Interviews available for Certification/Local Pastor/Recertification

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