Back-to-School Outreach Ideas
Houchen Back to School event.
     The families in your city will soon be in full-blown, back-to-school mode. This offers an incredible opportunity to reach out to your community. Many congregations sponsor drives for supplies and clothes to outfit returning students. Find stories, resources and videos that show school spirit And here are several additional possibilities.
     ollaborate for Long-term Impact and Lasting Relationships
     "For us, it's about establishing a partnership," said the Rev. Jim Kinder, a pastor at Christ United Methodist Church, Mobile, Ala. His church began by sitting down with the principal at an under-resourced school. What was the agenda for that meeting?
     "We went in asking what they needed," Kinder said. "That was it. No specific idea, just the passion to partner with them in caring for the kids at their school." For them, it has meant everything from trimming bushes to spending a week reading to children in the library.
Partnerships allow churches to go beyond meeting a single need. As volunteers develop relationships with the staff and the children, the outreach goes far beyond buying boxes of crayons.
     Members at First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction, Colorado started serving free meals to the students at the alternative high school nearby because the school has no cafeteria, only a vending machine. Volunteers provide more than a hot lunch every Friday. "They can come and get a warm meal and they can expect friendly faces."
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FREE MissionInsite Seminars in September!
MissionInsite is a demographic program that provides churches with instant access to community information.  You will get desktop web-based access to demographic data for a variety of geographic levels.  Discovering your church's ministry opportunities has never been easier.  The system also provides local churches with the ability to locate their church members and others affiliated with their church on your map.  
Who should attend:  Pastors, church staff and laity leaders responsible for discipleship ministries and others interested in helping people grow as disciples. 
Facilitator: Peter Wernett 
Wednesday, Sept. 21 - FUMC-Clovis 
Thursday, Sept. 22 - El Paso District (tbd) 
Friday, Sept. 23 - St. Paul's-ABQ
Contact Cheri Lyon at
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NWTX & NM Conference Language School - Aug. 3 - 6, 2016
Sacramento Camp & Conference Center 
English & Spanish Speakers are encouraged to attend.   
Please contact the Conference Office for more information:
505-255-8786 or 
 Financial Assistance Available
El Paso D.S., Eddie Rivera will be teaching! 
NWTX/NM Conf Language School - English 
NWTX/NM Conf Language School - English
NWTX/NM Conf Language School - Spanish 
NWTX/NM Conf Language School - Spanish

Project Bushel Removal!  Photos Needed!
One of the best parts of my job is being able to see the creative ways that our local churches reach out to their communities and sharing the photos and ideas across the Conference.  We will be creating online Conference Memory Books for summer activities, back-to-school, Halloween & Christmas/Advent.  Send your summer VBS, youth mission trip, ice cream social to by August 10th.  Task someone to take good pictures for your Back-to-School event and send them along by Sept. 9th. If you have an interesting narrative to go along with it - maybe a story of something that came about as a result of your event, include that. Thanks for all you do!  Alli. 

The Global Leadership Summit - August 11 & 12
Premier Host Site - Morning Star UMC - Las Cruces, NM

Conference Subsidized Coaching Training Opportunities Available!
If you have ever considered training to become a coach, now is the time to do it.  To benefit our members and expand our cadre of coaches, the NM Conference is subsidizing the cost of attending the Coaching4Clergy Coaching Certification Programs.  Modules DO NOT have to be taken in sequence.  Module 2 will be offered in Jan/Feb.  There are 2 levels of training to be offered this fall:

Professional Coach Training - Coaching Foundations
(Module 1 of Coaching4Clergy Coaching Certification Program)
October 19-21, 2016 at Grace UMC - ABQ
$250 (Conference subsidy - $500/person)  Attendee covers travel costs.
Registration deadline - Sept. 7th
Description:  20 hour course:  Overview of core coaching competencies, coaching intact teams and groups, common coaching scenarios in ministry, deep listening and powerful questions.  Note:  This is a stand alone course and you do not need to be interested in becoming a certified coach in order to attend. 

Preparation for Professional Coach Certification
(Modules 3 & 4 of Coaching4Clergy Cert. Program)
November 7 - 11, 2016 at Sacramento Camp & Conference Center
$700 (Conference subsidy - $1550/person)  Please contact Sacramento directly to arrange lodging & meals - attendee covers cost. Click here for Sacramento website
Registration deadline - Sept. 7th
You DO NOT need to complete modules 1 & 2 to attend this course.
Description: 64 hours of coaching training
  • 40 hours on-site
  • 8 hours of asynchronous self-paced coaching training provided online
  • One individual Mentor-Coaching Session for PCC written review
  • Modules 3 & 4 graduation & exam fee

If you have any questions, please contact Cheri Lyon at or 505-440-6849.  Click here for the C4C website


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Lay Servant School
The Global Leadership Summit
Lay Servant School
Lay Servant School
Church Historian Training
Heritage Tour
MissionInsite Training
MissionInsite Training
MissionInsite Training 
CLM Training Begins
UMM-Fall Conference  
Fall Clergy Retreat
Coaching - Basic Training
Prep for Prof. Coaching Cert.Training
Morning Star-Las Cruces
St. Paul's UMC-El Paso
St. Luke's - El Paso
St. John's - ABQ
St. John's - ABQ
Center Street - Tucumcari
FUMC - Artesia
El Paso District
St. Paul's-ABQ 
Sacramento C&C Center

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New Mexico Annual Conference  

11816 Lomas Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87112

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Receptionist Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

(800) 678-8786 toll free; (505) 255-8786; (505) 265-6184 fax

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