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Reignite Your Leadership Journey with SCD 2024!

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The School of Congregational Development (SCD) is returning to Chicago this summer after a hiatus due to challenges posed by COVID-19.

Save the Date: August 4-7, 2024
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL

With more than two decades of providing exceptional learning and networking experiences for United Methodist Church leaders, nationally and internationally, the SCD is set to empower and inspire again.

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Event Overview:

Legacy of Excellence: More than twenty years of fostering growth, learning, and networking with United Methodist Church leaders.

Visionary Leadership: The focus is on shifting from "fixing churches" to embracing the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations (Junius Dotson).

Discipleship Principles: The new SCD will focus on three discipleship principles: See. Create. Disciple.

  • See: Shifting the focus to seeing and reaching out to all the people Christ has called us to reach.
  • Create: Fostering a new United Methodist movement that loves and serves the present age and beyond.
  • Disciple: Inspiring and equipping participants to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

What to Expect:

Workshops: Choose from an array of workshops designed to provide practical tools, processes, and frameworks for discipleship formation.

Immersive Learning: Experience a deep dive into disciple-making with hands-on, practical insights from episcopal leaders, ministry cultivators, and practitioners across the worldwide United Methodist connection.

Networking: Connect with other ministry leaders, share experiences, and build lasting relationships within the United Methodist community.

We hope you’ll join us at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL, as we come together for this transformative event!

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SCD Programs & Activities:

Sunday, August 4, 2024

  • 3-5 p.m. - Arrival and registration
  • 5-6:30 p.m. - Dinner (participants on your own); SCD leaders' dinner
  • 6:30-7 p.m. - Gathering, welcome, and orientation
  • 7-8:30 p.m. - Opening worship with Bishop Dan Sherwin

Monday, August 5, 2024

  • 8-9 a.m. - Gathering and worship with Bishop Ruben Saenz, Jr.
  • 9-9:15 a.m. - Intermission/announcements
  • 9:15-10 a.m. - Plenary session (See) with Michael S. Pope
  • 10-10:45 a.m. - Roundtable
  • 10:45-11 a.m. - Reflection and ideation
  • 11-11:15 a.m. - Transition break
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Workshop track
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. - Networking/lunch
  • 1:45-2:15 p.m. - Fun activity
  • 2:15-3 p.m. - Plenary session (Create) with Michael Beck
  • 3-3:45 p.m. - Roundtable
  • 3:45-4 p.m. - Reflection and ideation
  • 4-4:15 p.m. - Transition break
  • 4:15-5:30 p.m. - Create Workshop Track
  • 5:30 p.m. - Affinity networking
  • Free evening

Tuesday, August 6, 2024

  • 8-9 a.m. - Gathering and worship with Bishop Carol Rapanut
  • 9-9:15 a.m. - Intermission/announcements
  • 9:15-10 a.m. - Plenary session (Disciple) with Jeffrey Campbell
  • 10-10:45 a.m. - Roundtable
  • 10:45-11 a.m. - Reflection and ideation
  • 11-11:15 a.m. - Transition break
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Disciple workshop track
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. - Networking/lunch
  • 1:45-3 p.m. - Topical workshop 1
  • 3-3:15 p.m. - Transition break
  • 3:15-4:30 p.m. - Topical workshop 2
  • 4:30-4:45 p.m. - Transition break
  • 4:45-6 p.m. - FXUM Explore
  • 6 p.m. - Free evening

Wednesday, August 7, 2024

  • 8-9 a.m. - Gathering and worship with Bishop Tracy Smith Malone
  • 9-10:15 a.m. - Moving forward (World Cafe)
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m. - Acknowledgement and evaluation
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon - Communion and consecration service with Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez
  • 12 noon - Depart

Please contact Bener Agtarap if you have any questions about this event.

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