Leadership Webinars

In order to help develop principled leaders in The United Methodist Church, GCSRW began hosting a series of free on-line seminars in 2014. These 90-minute sessions covered topics like parliamentary procedures, monitoring reports and developing women leaders. The webinars are suitable for all United Methodists – not just those affiliated with GCSRW – who are interested in developing themselves or others as leaders in the church and the world.

Recordings of the webinars and copies of supporting materials are archived below so you can attend on your own schedule, either on your own or with a group.


 

 

Expansive Language

Biblical Names for God  You Never Learned in Sunday School

Legislation

How to Write and Submit Petitionsfor Annual or General Conferences

AC COSROW 101

How to Get Started with Advocacy, Education and Monitoring

Binders Full of Women

Creating and Utilizing a Talent Bank

Monitoring Reports

Increasing Participation Through Gentle, Mutual Accountability 

Robert's Rules 101

Learning to Participate in Conference Legislative Sessions

Expansive Language: Biblical Names for God You Never Learned in Sunday School

(Recorded Nov.18, 2014)

 

Facilitators:  Audrey J. Krumbach, GCSRW Director of Gender Justice and Education
                      Stephanie Ahlschwede, pastor of South Gate UMC, Lincoln, Neb. (GCSRW board member)
                      Kara Crawford, UMC young adult missionary
                      Tyler Schwaller, Iowa Conference deacon, Harvard doctoral student (GCSRW board member)
                      Pat Trask, GCSRW seminary intern, studying at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

This training session reexamines the issues of “inclusive” language in relationship to gender and humanity for planning worship, sermons, liturgy, song and prayer. Learn more about the implications and technicalities of introducing the less known biblical and orthodox images of God to congregations and communities.

The webinar guides participants to:

  •  Examine Biblical names and descriptions for God
  •  Understand existing United Methodist attitudes about language
  •  Introduce a new related Bible Study for classes & small groups
  •  Craft intentionally inclusive language while using proper grammar
  •  Write and share short examples of orthodox but nontraditional prayers and liturgies

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Legislation: How to Write and Submit Petitions for Annual or General Conferences

(Recorded Oct. 7, 2014)

 

Facilitators:  Audrey J. Krumbach, GCSRW Director of Gender Justice and Education

                      Pat Trask, GCSRW seminary intern, studying at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

 

This webinar introduces the legislative processes of The United Methodist Church and necessary skills and knowledge for writing and submitting petitions to the 2016 General Conference. Skills include: Formatting and deadlines for submitting petitions; understanding the restricted paragraphs, financial and global implications; and a discussion of basic strategies for supporting petitions.

 

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AC COSROW 101: 

How to Get Started with Advocacy, Education and Monitoring 

 (Recorded September 9, 2014)

Facilitators:  Audrey J. Krumbach, GCSRW Director of Gender Justice and Education

                      Becky Posey Williams, GCSRW Senior Director of Sexual Ethics and Advocacy
                      Pat Trask, GCSRW seminary intern, studying at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

 

All United Methodist Annual Conferences are required by the Book of Discipline to have a Commission on the Status and Role of Women (AC COSROW). Some conferences accomplish this through a stand-alone committee while others have tasks forces, representatives or “blended” committees whose goals include those of COSROW; however, in all of these different committee models, the goal remains the same: to work toward full and equal participation of women in the total life of the church.

 

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Binders Full of Women: Creating and Utilizing a Talent Bank

(Recorded May 13, 2014)

Facilitator:  Audrey J. Krumbach, GCSRW Director of Gender Justice and Education



In a 2012 presidential debate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney used the phrase "binders full of women" to describe how he sought women applicants for top posts in his cabinet. This online seminar will lead you through the process of creating a talent bank to offer diverse candidates for leadership positions in your annual conference. 


*NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, the PowerPoint presentation failed to appear in the webinar after an hour.Please download the “PowerPoint” pdf and follow along beginning on page #28.



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Monitoring Reports: Increasing Participation ThroughGentle, Mutual Accountability

(Recorded April 1, 2014)

 

Facilitators:  Audrey J. Krumbach, GCSRW Director of Gender Justice and Education
                      Erin Kane, GCSRW Director of Research and Monitoring


A good monitoring report can raise awareness of the importance to listening to many different voices during discussions or debates, but, if not done properly, a monitoring report can make the listener feel defensive or angry. This seminar addresses the reasons for monitoring, what should be monitored, what goes in a good report and how to present it.




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Robert’s Rules 101: Learning to Participate in Conference Legislative Sessions

(Recorded February 4, 2014)

 

Facilitators: Audrey J. Krumbach, GCSRW Director of Gender Justice and Education
                     Winter DeGraaf-Hamilton, GCSRW seminary intern, studying at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary



This seminar is a primer on Robert's Rules of Order, the parliamentary procedure used at Annual and General Conference legislative sessions. Familiarity with Robert's Rules helps potential lay or clergy leaders participate in annual conference legislative discussions, understand the way large groups make complex decisions and strengthen their leadership skills.

The recording begins after some of the introductory remarks have been made.




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