Lifelong Learning Events


July 25-26: Helping Hands -- is an exciting two-day mission experience for children (rising 4th through 6th Graders) for churches throughout Virginia.  It will be hosted at: Windsor Hills UMC, Roanoke. Contact: Heather Case (540) 774-4730   .  CLICK HERE to download a registration form for the Roanoke event (pdf).  Deadline to register is July 19.

July 26-28: Mission Encounter 2019 is scheduled to be held at the 4H Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake. Classes offered will include:
     The Radical Discipleship of Mark
     UMW Anniversary Class
     What About Our Money
For more information  CLICK HERE 

August 2-4: Virginia Conference Lay Servant Academy   -- Registration is open for the 40th Anniversary Lay Servant Academy to be held at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, August 2-4.  For information, please visit please for a brochure and course descriptions.  For more information regarding the Academy contact David Bailey,, 804-338-3168.  For help with registrations, contact MaryKaye Cochran,, 804-521-1155. 

August 14:  Fresh Expressions' Roanoke Roundtable.  If you attended Fresh Expressions' recent Roanoke Vision Day and want to explore the next steps OR if you are new to Fresh Expressions and want to learn how your church can implement Fresh Expression into your congregation and community join us on Wednesday, August 14 at 6 PM at Cave Spring UMC, Roanoke.  The event is free but registration is encouraged at: 

September 4:  Roanoke District Church Administrative Assistants, Secretaries, and Office Managers are invited to a breakfast meeting with the District Superintendent and District Office staff beginning at 9:00 am at the Roanoke District office located at 4502 Starkey Road, Suite 101, Roanoke.  Information will be shared that will be useful to the ministry of the local church.  Please RSVP by Friday, August 30 to:  

September 5:  Roanoke District Clergy Summit  9:30 AM - 2:00 PM  Location TBD.  All clergy under appointment or assignment are expected to attend unless other arrangements have been made.  The Virginia Conference Treasurer will speak on local church financial matters; other topics on the agenda include charge conference preparation, clergy wellness, communications and a message from the District Superintendent. 

November 13 and 14:  5 Talent Academy- ENGAGE 2019: Community Transformation.  More information available at:

Year Long

Bishop's 2019 Bible Study - Since 2017, Bishop Lewis has been encouraging the Virginia Conference to read the Bible in a year -- with a different challenge each year.  For 2019, the Bible Challenge is a blend style of ready -- a mixture of Old and New Testament readings each day. In this new year, challenge yourself to study the Bible and strengthen your faith in the process.  Click HERE for the 2019 Daily Readings.  

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