Lifelong Learning Events

Virginia Conference Vision:

To be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve.


October 7:  Safe Sanctuaries Online Training from 6 - 8 PM  Debbie Brown, a certified Safe Sanctuaries trainer, will lead this virtual training for church staff and volunteers who work with children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Safe Sanctuaries is an overt expression in making congregations safe places where children, youth, and vulnerable adults may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith.

There is no charge for the training. Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth by Joy Thornburg Melton is the required text. Check with your district office for this resource. 
REGISTER HERE before October 1.

September 29: PRG (Post-Covid Re-Entry Group) Webinar Series continues.  Registration is required.  CLICK HERE for all the information.
  • September 29:  Preparation for All Saints
  • October 27:  Preparation for Advent
  • November 17:  Reflecting on a Post-COVID World

September 21:  Cultivating the Craft of Asking 7:30 PM    Join Rev. Ken Sloane, Director, Stewardship & Generosity, as he welcomes his guest, Bonnie Marden, Founder and President of MYTE Ministries, consulting with church leaders on growing generosity in local churches. Bonnie has pioneered a successful teaching curriculum titled "Cultivating the Craft of Asking" which has increased confidence in church leaders to "boldly ask" for financial gifts to empower their church's ministry. CLICK HERE to register. 


Expanding the Table, a new video podcast series from the General Commission on Religion and Race will debut on June 1, 2021. Series guests will focus on how individual Christians and church-based entities can and should engage the work of racial justice-making and anti-racism.  CLICK HERE for more about the series.  

Racial Reconciliation and Justice Ted Talks:  this workgroup has compiled a list of Ted Talks that are now available on the Virginia Conference website.  They explore everything from implicit bias, to cancel culture, to a humorous look at deconstruction racism.  CLICK HERE to view the Ted Talks. 

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:


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