Choose your workshop!

Here you will find the descriptions for each workshop!
During these times, you will choose one (1) workshop to attend. Note that several choices are offered more than once! You will select your desired workshop on your registration form to help us in our planning.

 
 

Tuesday Afternoon (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

  • Equity and Ethics - In and Out of the Pulpit: Presented by Dawn Hare (General Secretary, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women) and Rev. Pam Pirtle (Director of Leadership and Accountability, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women). According to Pew Research, 42% of women have experienced gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.  Gender-based harassment in the church can come in multiple forms ranging from clergy being made to feel incompetent, to being paid lower salaries, to being sexually harassed. We will share data, resources, and conversations to identify and develop strategies to seek to end these types of harassment and inequities.

  • Embodied Prayer for Women in the Wild: Presented by Elaine Heath. Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for gentle movement

  • Financial Leadership: Presented by WesPath

  • Panel: Breaking the Stained Glass Ceiling: This workshop will allow participants to hear from clergywomen who are effectively serving in large membership churches that have historically been led by male clergy leadership. They will share about their experiences in serving these congregations, the successes and failures they have experienced along the way, and the struggles and joys they have encountered. There will be a time to ask questions of these women about their ministry.

  • Panel: Mentoring: This workshop will allow participants to hear about the mentoring experiences of the female episcopal leadership of the SEJ. You will hear about their mentors, how they mentor others, and how you can engage in mentoring relationships. There will be a time to listen and ask questions about their experiences.

Wednesday Morning (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

  • Equity and Ethics - In and Out of the Pulpit: Presented by Dawn Hare (General Secretary, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women) and Rev. Pam Pirtle (Director of Leadership and Accountability, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women). According to Pew Research, 42% of women have experienced gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.  Gender-based harassment in the church can come in multiple forms ranging from clergy being made to feel incompetent, to being paid lower salaries, to being sexually harassed. We will share data, resources, and conversations to identify and develop strategies to seek to end these types of harassment and inequities.

  • Preaching: Presented by Telley Gadson

  • Panel: Breaking the Stained Glass Ceiling: This workshop will allow participants to hear from clergywomen who are effectively serving in large membership churches that have historically been led by male clergy leadership. They will share about their experiences in serving these congregations, the successes and failures they have experienced along the way, and the struggles and joys they have encountered. There will be a time to ask questions of these women about their ministry.

  • Panel: Cross-Cultural Appointments: Participants will hear from clergywomen who are serving or have served in cross-cultural appointments. They will share about their experiences serving in these congregations and what they have learned along the way. This workshop will include a time of sharing from members of the panel, as well as time to ask questions.

  • Panel: Being a Pastor and Parent: Participants will get the chance to hear from clergywomen who have raised or are raising children. There is a variety of perspectives: Elder, Deacon, Single Mom, Clergy Couple, Parent of adult children, Parent of teenage children. You will hear about best practices and mistakes made along the way and be given the chance to ask questions.

Wednesday Afternoon (3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

  • Preaching: Presented by Telley Gadson

  • Fresh Expressions: Presented by Audrey Warren. A Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture. What sets Fresh Expressions apart is a focus on forming faith communities especially for those who have never been involved in church (un-churched) or who have left the church (de-churched). Audrey will ignite clergywomen imaginations about possible Fresh Expressions in multiple contexts!

  • Developing Leadership Skills for Working with Staff and Volunteers: Presented by Shannon McConnell, Executive Director at Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville, Kentucky. Shannon is the Executive Director at a large membership church who had many years of experience in the secular business world before translating her gifts to serve at the local church will lead this workshop. Topics will cover best practices for overseeing paid staff and volunteers including effective hiring processes, basic HR skills, and tools for building and maintaining healthy staff and volunteer teams.

  • Panel: Mentoring: This workshop will allow participants to hear about the mentoring experiences of the female episcopal leadership of the SEJ. You will hear about their mentors, how they mentor others, and how you can engage in mentoring relationships. There will be a time to listen and ask questions about their experiences.

  • Panel: Cross-Cultural Appointments: Participants will hear from clergywomen who are serving or have served in cross-cultural appointments. They will share about their experiences serving in these congregations and what they have learned along the way. This workshop will include a time of sharing from members of the panel, as well as time to ask questions.