Oct. 11, 2004
The Rev. Larry Hollon
By Kathy Noble*
Tenn. (UMNS)-Basic training in the United Methodist Church’s welcoming
and television ministry will become accessible to nearly every
congregation with the launch of a new online course.
course, "Igniting Ministry 101," begins Oct. 11 and will continue
through mid-November. It is being offered by United Methodist
Communications, which manages the Igniting Ministry program.
have heard the desire of leaders in local churches for easy access to
the training and hospitality skills offered through Igniting Ministry
workshops," said the Rev. Larry Hollon, top staff executive of United
Methodist Communications. "We are delighted to be able to respond to
this request by offering this online course to congregations in areas
where they have not been able to get the face-to-face training. In
addition, the course is a reasonably priced option for smaller
The registration fee is $12 per student, and enrollment is open at http://www.training.umcom.org.
As enrollees work through the course’s four modules at their own pace, they will:
- Understand the motivation and research behind the national television advertising.
- Explore the importance of developing a welcoming lifestyle in their lives and their church.
- Begin creating an action plan to build a culture of welcoming as the congregation invites the community into the church.
will be able to ask questions and discuss the material as they work.
Emily Reece, the Igniting Ministry training manager at United Methodist
Communications, and the Rev. Danette Howell, pastor of Rector Memorial
United Methodist Church in San Antonio, will coordinate the discussion.
The course will also allow churches with trained Igniting Ministry leaders to expand their team.
Ministry began in 2001 as a four-year effort, funded by the
denomination’s top legislative assembly. Last spring, General Conference
approved another $25 million for the program and renewed it for four
*Noble is editor of Interpreter magazine at United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn.
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