Lifelong Learning Events


General Conference 2019 Briefing with Martha Stokes: Monday, Sept 17, 6:30 - 8 PM. Location Southview UMC, 3539 Peters Creek Rd, NW, Roanoke. Laity focused briefing. Register via email: or call 540-989-3335 -- include name, contact information and church. CLICK HERE for a PDF flyer.
Q&A on A Way Forward/General Conference 2019 with Bishop Lewis, Rev. Tom Berlin and Martha Stokes: Wednesday, Sept 26, 7 pm. This event will be held in Richmond and will be live-streamed at, and at Thrasher Memorial UMC, 707 Washington St in Vinton. You can also watch at home, or church, or with a small group! Questions for the event will be taken via email at
Early Response Team Training
Hurricane Florence's impact will likely require disaster response from Virginia UMCs, whether in Virginia or assisting North Carolina. Steve Cass, Virginia Conference UMCOR trainer, will lead a disaster response training at Blacksburg UMC, 111 Church Street, Blacksburg, VA

Disaster Early Response Team Recertification/Leader training 
for those who have had the full 8 hour ERT class within the past 4 years
Friday, September 28 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Disaster Early Response Team/Leader training
for those who have not had previous training OR certifcation as expired
Saturday, September 29 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee is $35 Light Breakfast and lunch provided

Help after Disasters: Early Response Training
Hurricane Florence reminds us of the need to help others affected by disasters.
United Methodist Early Response Teams (ERT) provide a caring Christian presence to storm and disaster victims. Training provides the opportunity to respond if your schedule allows. Teams provide many types of help. Response is local or regional for three days. Training is beneficial even if you do not participate on a team. A desire to help, caring for others, a willingness to learn and ability to follow directions are the primary qualifications. No one needs to be strong or skilled to do this work -- giving TLC, cleaning up, preparing for repairs -- most of us can do this with training and on-site guidance. Trainees will be required to undergo an online background check at the end of the class, there is a small fee. 
To register or questions: contact Steve Cass,
VA Conference UMCOR trainer,
For more information go to:

Regenerations Workshop: Sat, Sept 30, 8:30 am - 4 pm at Greene Memorial UMC in Roanoke. Jessica Stollings will present Regenerations: Connecting Perspectives, Realizing Possibilities, a workshop focused on accomplishing cohesive ministry, taking into account the perspectives of all generations. Leadership training for Clergy and Laity. 0.5 CEU approved. Childcare provided. Jessica Stollings - Regenerations author. CLICK HERE for a PDF flyer/ registration information.


5 Talent Academy: Tuesday, Oct 30 at Thrasher Memorial UMC in Vinton (video feed). Influence 2018: Worship! With Bishop Sharma Lewis, Matt Miofsky, Jason Byasse, and Greg Moore. 5 Talent Academy is changing its format and will now be held annually. 
District Training - Finance Chairs/Treasurers & SPRC Teams: Tues, Nov 27 @ 7 pm. St. Paul UMC, 220 W. Main St, Christiansburg. CLICK HERE for a flyer.

Bishop's 2018 Bible Study - Bible study is essential to building our faith. Through God's Word, we gain an understanding that god is the one who gives the gift of knowledge for us to live productive lives as believers. I invite you to ready the Bible chronologically (in the order of events) this year. Click HERE for the Daily Readings.
Peace and blessings,
Bishop Lewis

VAUMC QUADRENNIAL CLERGY ETHICS TRAINING:  Offered in each district once in the quadrennial.  CLICK HERE for partial schedule.