The Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon was the perfect backdrop for the Western Jurisdiction’s Transforming Ministry Conference held there earlier this month. Lessons were learned from the developers of this historic elementary school turned into a unique hotel as clergy sought to think of creative and new expressions of ministry. With representatives from the McMenamins’ Kennedy School and Nike Corporation, “we tried to bridge their secular perspectives into a United Methodist Church worldview,” said Bishop Grant Hagiya.
Included in the conference was a mini-grant program that provided seed funds to start innovative and reproducible ministries. This was a competitive process where clergy developed and pitched their programs to the attendees at the conference. Of the three $1,000 grants awarded, a collection of South District pastors received two. The South District Union has matched those grants help to make the ministries a reality. Be inspired by the proposal of “Pop-up Worship” presented by the team of Rev. Benjamin Camp, Rev. Francisco Garcia-Velasquez, and Rev. Chelsea Simon. And, check out the “Champing” ministry imagined by Rev. Brent Ross. Both stories can be found in District Stories on this website. Congratulations!