New AWF Training Workshops to Strengthen the Work of the Local Church in 2023

January 05, 2023
The cabinet and staff of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference are excited to announce seven training workshops planned to strengthen the clergy and lay leadership of our local churches. These one-hour workshops will be held via zoom throughout the months of January and February for anyone who is interested. Registration is required and can be done by clicking the links below.


Introduction to Grant Writing
January 24, 2023, 6:00pm
Kristi McClellan, AWF Contract Grant Writer
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In this workshop you will learn about different types of grants and funders, the basics of a grant application, and resources for finding funding.

Children’s Ministries - Sparks for the New Year 
January 26, 2023, 6:00pm
Members of AWF Children’s Ministry Cohort
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Join us as we help you spark some new ideas for the year. We will look at how to map out a balanced program, hear about a few program ideas, learn some games, present a curriculum idea or two, look at ways to plug into your community, offer a few spiritual formation practices to incorporate in your Sunday morning and have a group sharing time where each person can share an idea.

Your Church and Cyber Security Risks
February 7, 2023, 6:00pm 
Chip Shows, pastor at Aldersgate UMC Panama City  and Chief Information Security Officer for Bay County Schools 
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This workshop will cover the Cyber Security Risks that may affect your Congregation and your Church. From ransomeware to phishing, passwords to multi-factor authentication, see and hear ways to protect yourself from the fastest growing concerns for you and your congregation. 
We will include materials you can reproduce to share with your congregation. 

Payroll Recordkeeping for Your Pastor
February 9, 2023, 6:00pm
Suzanne Jones, AWF Treasurer 
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In this workshop, we will cover the rules for clergy vs. lay pastor payroll tax withholding, recording payroll deductions, and W-2 reporting. There will be discussion of how to translate the pastor compensation form to payroll and direct billing as well as a time for Q&A.

Understanding the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion)
February 13, 2023, 6:00pm
Celeste Eubanks, AWF Director of Connectional Ministries
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Are these words you hear people use, but you don't really know their meaning or what they're referring to? Want a better understanding of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion? Want to know how and why you should do this work in your local church and community? Well, this is the workshop for you!

The Wise Manager: Simple Skills in Coaching Up and Counseling Out 
February 16, 2023, 6:00pm
Claire Bowen, Founder of Certified On Boarding for the UMC
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Increase your skill level, your courage, and your confidence to deal with performance issues of staff. Learn some simple ways to coach-up those needing correction and respectfully counsel out those who are not the right fit.

Single Board Governance 
February 23, 2023, 6:00pm
Rev. Ashley Davis, AWF Assistant to the Bishop
The what, why, when, and how of a simplified church structure.
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Paragraph 247 of the Book of Discipline allows local churches to modify their leadership structure to what is often called a “single board governance structure.” While many local churches have found such changes helpful, there are important procedures to follow and pitfalls to avoid. Join this workshop to learn more about moving toward a simplified church structure. 

Faith Based Financial Solutions for Your Church
February 23, 2023, 6:00pm
Terri Turner, Executive Director of the AWFUMC Foundation
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Financial needs among churches and church organizations may vary in scale but have common roots and effects. We will address several financial needs and proven solutions available to all Wesleyan based churches and organizations. Using a narrative budget and cultivating an environment to accept major gifts are two opportunities we will discuss for building resources for ministry.