Lifelong Learning Events

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

February 23 at 7:00 PM  Virtual Finance Committee and Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee Training led by the Conference Treasurer's Office and Roanoke District Superintendent, Rev. Douglas Forrester.  Registration is required to receive the Zoom link and course materials. CLICK HERE to register.  

February 24 at 4:00 PM: Justice Talks:  A Look Ahead at 2021 with Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society.  A special conversation about our United Methodist witness on Captial Hill and how we are advocating for peace and justice.  Register for the Zoom meeting HERE.

February 25 from  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM  Suicide Prevention Training  This presentation will cover what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what we can all do to fight suicide.  Participants will learn the common Irish factor for suicide, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and those in our community safe.  CLICK HERE for more information including how to RSVP for this free training.

February 27: Spiritual Adventure for Women Retreat - Are you ready for a new adventure in 2021? Are you looking for ways to travel during the wilderness of Lent? If so, join others on a Spiritual Adventure for Women from 9 AM to noon via Zoom. The retreat is hosted by the Spiritual Life Center of Virginia with Spiritual Director Joy Crawford, the Rev. Kelley Lane, and the Rev. Lisa McGehee as your guides. The cost is $20 per person. Register HERE.  For more information, contact Joy at, Kelley at, or Lisa at  

March 16 at 6:30 PM:  Dismantling Racism-Virginia Conference United Methodist Men (UMM) are sponsoring a Zoom forum moderated by Andrew Kissel, Southeast Jurisdictional UMM President. Guest speakers will include:

The Rev. Reason Chandler, Jackson St. UMC, Lynchburg;
The Rev. Brenda Laws, Greenbackville Charge, New Church
The Rev. Larry Jent, Grace UMC (Hartwood), Fredericksburg
The Rev. Jeff Mickle, Alexandria District Superintendent

Meeting ID: 898 2460 7164

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 

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. 


The 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. 

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.  CLICK HERE for more information.

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