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Register Today for the School of Congregational Development

Registration for SCD 2013 is now open

Registration for SCD 2013 is now open.

This year’s School of Congregational Development will be in Denver from Thursday, August 15, to Sunday, August 18.  With great input from the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area and leaders from the Western Jurisdiction, participants will enjoy a number of innovative experiences as well as benefit from some of the hallmarks of previous schools.

After the opening worship with Bishop Elaine JW Stanovky, you will have the opportunity to explore two spiritual practices during a time we call Encounters.

That evening Jerry Herships, the Chief Love Monger and Lead Spiritual Entrepreneur of AfterHours Denver, will lead us in a communion service that is based on his ministry with the homeless and unchurched in Downtown Denver.

Friday morning will start with a plenary about the impact that second generation children of immigrants can have in your ministry, as you learn from Ruben Saenz from the Southwest Texas Annual Conference.

The rest of the day will be devoted to Ministry Tracks, your chance to learn specific strategies and plans for vitalizing your ministry.

Saturday starts off with a 4-hour Seminar that will help you learn the principles and ideas to develop a specific aspect of your congregational life or will give you an opportunity to focus on strategies for leading ministry with a specific racial ethnic group.

Saturday afternoon begins with a Plenary from Charles Lee, the author of Good Idea, Now What?  His focus will be to give you detailed guidelines for moving your ideas from the thought phase to implementation.

Later that afternoon you will hear two big ideas during the IdeaMart when you will learn from innovative leaders from the Denver area and from United Methodist agency staff.

The Celebration Dinner and Worship led by Jasmine Smothers, from the North Georgia Conference, will give you time to reflect and rejoice in God’s call for your life.

SCD 2013 wraps up Sunday Morning Worship as you visit a local United Methodist Church and join them for worship.

As you plan for this summer, be sure to take advantage of the Early Bird rate of $375 which is available at till April 30th, 2013. After April 30th, registration will be $425.  You also can find out details about the hotel this year, which is the Denver Marriott Tech Center.  Cost are $119.00 per night (single) or $129.00 per night (double). Accommodations at the hotel include breakfast and free parking.

If you have any questions be sure to contact one of the design team leaders who are listed below:


Connie Schmutz    


Betsey Heavner

Nora Colmenares

Craig Miller

Emily Reece

Skip Strickland

Youngsook Kang