Lifelong Learning Events

Virginia Conference Vision:  
To be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve.

May 1, 8, and 15:  Lay Servant Training sponsored by the Rappahannock River District and open to all in the Virginia Conference.  Virtual workshops on three days (you must attend all three sessions of one of the courses to receive credit).   Courses offered:  Basic, UM Polity, and Leading Worship.  CLICK HERE to learn more. 

May 17-21:  The Festival of Homiletics is a week-long conference designed to inspire a discourse about preaching, worship, and society.  Their mission is to provide the opportunity for theological reflection on the practices of preaching and worship, especially as congregations navigate being the church in the 21st century. CLICK HERE for more information. 

July 1 - August 5:  Mission Encounter 2021:  This year Mission Encounter is virtual in a new and exciting format.  Clergy and Laity are invited. CLICK HERE for the course dates and class descriptions for adults, youth leaders, and children.  Registration will begin after April 1. CEUs available.


UMC Training Center offers online training opportunities that include instruction on website creation, worship, digital media, welcoming ministry, communication, and more.  CLICK HERE to view the many training resources available

 Virginia Roots, Race and Discipleship Race Relations curriculum is a first step to address racism in the UMC Virginia Annual Conference.  This is a video series to engage clergy and laity in authentic conversations about reach and reconciliation.  CLICK HERE to learn more about this learning opportunity.  Fellowships across the Commonwealth are also using a Virginia Conference video and curriculum series on Race Relations to explore the injustices of systemic, institutional racism available HERE 

See All the People:  Discipleship Ministries Teaching Series:  This free, three-part video teaching series is designed to communicate the basic principles of discipleship and the See All the People movement.  CLICK HERE for more.  More about other Discipleship video training opportunities can be found HERE.

Reservoirs of Resilence Podcast: Texas Methodist Foundation in partnership with United Methodist Development Fund is launching a podcast with a series approach to invite church leaders into deeper conversations around innovation, courage, and resilience. The first series, Reservoirs of Resilience, features captivating leaders such as Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains. CLICK HERE for more.  

Lay Servant and Lay Speaker training are available online, on-demand. For more information CLICK HERE. 

P.R.A.Y. - Free power points for the God and Church series, used by Scouts are available for online download.  God and Me (grades 2-3), God and Family (grades 4-6); God and Church (grades 6-8)

Resource UMC provides Local Church Learning Sessions online and free to all.  Training for worship, small groups, and connectional giving are available online, on-demand.  CLICK HERE.

Crucial Crisis Conversations:  A series of sharing through webinar Zoom presentations.  Link to all Zoom webinars is available at:

 "Virginians Speak:  A Dialogue on Policing Reform, Community & Law Enforcement in Virginia" a jointly sponsored event by Bishop Lewis and the Attorney General of Virginia, August 2020, featured a panel of prominent Virginians in the field of law enforcement, community engagement, and faith communities.   NOW AVAILABLE to watch ONLINE.

Bishop Sharma Lewis encourages the Virginia Conference to read the Bible daily.  Find the 2021 Bible Challenge HERE.

Clergy Ethics Training is required for all pastors serving our local churches and extension ministries.  See the schedule HERE