The Leadership Development Days (LDD) is a three-day weekend filled with practical, hands-on experiences, moving worship services, workshops, networking and more for United Methodist Women members newly elected to leadership positions of the organization and anyone who wants to participate.
Sample Weekend Overview
|10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
|3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
||Pre-registered workshops, book sales, computer lab and other activities
||Discernment event continues throughout weekend
||Opening worship and plenary session
|7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
||Self-selecting United Methodist Women program initiatives
||Meet and greet
||Morning plenary session
||Pre-registered workshops throughout the day
||Dinner and evening program
||Plenary session and closing worship (end by 12 noon)
Deaconess and Home Missioner Discernment
God is calling. Are you listening? Come for the opportunity to pause, listen and respond to God’s call for yourself, or to gather information for others. Join as part of this discernment group to explore God’s invitation to become a deaconess or home missioner, then participate in several related Leadership Development Days (LDD) workshops, worship and plenary sessions. This lay community responds to the call of God and is sent forth by The United Methodist Church to full-time ministries of love, justice and service. To obtain an application for the discernment session, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action Planning for Women and Children's Health in Your Community: This workshop will provide an overview of the maternal and infant mortality crisis in the United States. Participants will learn concrete ways to become involved in service or advocacy projects around maternal health.
Board Member Responsibilities: Since United Methodist Women leaders often serve on boards and committees in the church and community, it is important for those involved to enhance their understanding of roles, functions and responsibilities as board members in a variety of settings. The session will include understanding board functions, formal and informal responsibilities, fiduciary and legal responsibilities and clarification of roles and functions for United Methodist Women's ex-officio members. This session is recommended for any leader who is serving on a board, and in particular conference and district leaders serving as ex-officio board members of national mission institutions.
Building Allies in the Church and Beyond: The work of being an ally is crucial to the fight against injustice. This workshop will focus on assessing your power to act as an ally within United Methodist Women, your church and your community. It will help you build your skills at what it means to be an ally to communities that are facing injustice. Participants will also examine what it means for allies to establish and nurture just and right relations with impacted people for the end goal of achieving greater justice for all. Participants are asked to read the short booklet called "Why Should I Get Involved in Social Issues?" prior to attending the workshop. The booklet is free and can be ordered at United Methodist Women Mission Resources (www.umwmissionresources.org).
Caucusing for Racial Justice: United Methodist Women has a history of standing in solidarity to end racial injustice. It is critical that we continue this faithful anti-racist work. You will be assigned to a caucus group based on the race/ethnicity you provided on your registration. These workshops will provide a safe and intentional space to discuss shared definitions, explore power, privilege and oppression and what being advocates for racial justice means for us as United Methodist Women leaders.
Communicating Across Generations: Did you know that in many of the settings where we engage, there are at least four generations interacting? Yes, this includes United Methodist Women. To ensure United Methodist Women is enriched by intergenerational leadership, it is helpful to have an understanding of what each generation values and how it communicates. This interactive workshop will explore approaches for cross-generational communication and how we can tap into the creative energy of each generation.
Designing Workshops for Learning: United Methodist Women members are often asked to share organizational information and social justice and mission initiatives with district leaders and in local groups. This workshop will provide the tools to begin to design workshops that are engaging and educational.
Discerning to Lead: Come take time to examine your leadership style and explore the gifts you have to offer in ministry to and through United Methodist Women. This workshop will address the ways that we invite women into leadership and nurture their development through mentoring. It will also offer time for personal reflection on the ways God calls us to lead as laywomen in the church.
Enhancing Connections with Distance Learning Technology: Participants will explore the capacity of technology currently used by United Methodist Women for communication, learning and collaboration amongst national staff and members. Additionally, participants will investigate and discuss new initiatives for distance learning technology at United Methodist Women.
Facilitation: The session will offer how-to's and practice on facilitation, an essential skill in leading groups that value mutual and shared responsibilities in planning, problem-solving and decision-making.
Music and Worship: This workshop will explore global music and how it can enrich our worship and devotional experiences at home, in Mission u's and all United Methodist Women events.
Overworked and Undervalued: Women, Race and the Economy: Come to a participatory workshop created by United Methodist Women with United for a Fair Economy to explore how we are impacted by the economy; how different groups face different constraints; and how we got to this place. We'll explore the values of God's economy, and why United Methodist Women members, as women of faith, are embarking on a focus on economic inequality. Learn how you can bring this workshop to your units!
Racial Justice 101: Grounded by the call of United Methodist Women's Charter for Racial Justice, this workshop will give participants space to deepen their understanding of the basics of racial inequality and racism and provide tools for how to (1) discuss race in your context and (2) work toward building a racially equitable unit/district/conference/community.
Standing in our Faith: United Methodist Women has a long and powerful tradition of working for justice, particularly on what are often divisive issues. The very founding of United Methodist Women was done in an environment where women doing mission was considered a contentious challenge to the power structure of the church. This workshop will help participants engage in a critical analysis of the concerns that society, the church and United Methodist Women confront on a daily basis. It will equip participants with the tools for addressing controversial issues and ways to have conversations about United Methodist Women's work on these issues. Finally, participants will come away understanding the theological and disciplinary basis for United Methodist Women's work on important but difficult issues.
Telling Your Story: Tools for learning how to share your United Methodist Women story.
Tools for Spiritual Growth: United Methodist Women's purpose is to "know God." Come explore resources United Methodist Women has for helping women to grow in faith, engage in dialogue about ways to incorporate spiritual growth opportunities in every United Methodist Women gathering, find creative ways to involve women in prayer through prayer partners and in prayer networks, and promote Bible studies and other resources to deepen our commitment to mission.
Why Be Involved with General Conference: the Basics, the Stakes and Strategies for General Conference 2016: With a brief primer on General Conference, participants will explore key legislation, reports and plans; and work on strategies for advocacy for United Methodist Women. Through discussion and prayer, participants will prepare for being bridge-builders, reconcilers and faithful advocates within the greater church and the world.
Committee on Nominations: The basic how-to's, procedures and policies pertaining to the important work of identifying and recruiting leaders will be offered. This two-part workshop is especially designed for those serving on Committees on Nominations for the first time.
Conference Presidents: Conference Presidents have a lot to share and a lot to learn from each other. This session is organized to provide conference presidents the opportunity to share experiences, network, and engage in strategic thinking about the work in their own conferences and the organization as a whole. Explore opportunities that flexibility presents and strategies for building an effective conference leadership team.
Conference Treasurers: This two-part session is designed for new conference treasurers to learn basic procedures and responsibilities, including the online giving remittance system. Conference treasurers are expected to attend the Friday afternoon and the Saturday morning session.
District Presidents: The session will focus on the basic responsibilities of district presidents and provide an opportunity to network with other district presidents and address common concerns.
District Treasurers: The workshop will focus on navigating the online remittance system for district treasurers.