Grand Rapids District Conference Offers Leadership Training for Congregational Leaders

Grand Rapids District Conference Offers Leadership Training for Congregational Leaders

The Grand Rapids District Conference will be held on Saturday, February 27th at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 1675 84th St. SE in Caledonia, MI.

Leaders and members of UMC  Dunes are welcome to attend.  Pastor Glenn will be leaving from UMC Dunes for anyone wishing to ride along or car pool at 7:45 AM.  Cost is projected to be $20 which includes lunch.

The schedule will include a keynote speaker Jim Ozier, an author and expert on Church hospitality and welcome.

It also offers attendees an opportunity to participate in two leadership workshops during the day.  The schedule and workshop offerings are below, or, you can visit the GR District website here:

Please contact the Church of the Dunes office by February 19 if you would like to attend to coordinate carpooling and group registration.



8:45am Registration/check in opens

9am Gathering (music in worship center too?)

9:30am Worship and Intro

10am Jim Ozier Plenary

11:15am Workshop

12:30pm Lunch Break and GR District Conference

1:15pm Workshop

2:30pm Depart for home



  1. Risk Taking Mission:  Welcoming the Stranger Workshop
    How do you become a Matthew 25: 31 – 46 church?  Who are the refugees in our midst?  How can we welcome them to our country, community, and church?
  2. Passionate Worship Workshop
    Morning Workshop:  Contemporary/Modern Worship
    Afternoon Workshop:  Traditional/Blended Worship
  1. Radical Hospitality Workshop – Facilitator is Jim Ozier
  2. Extravagant Generosity Workshop
  3. Intentional Faith Development Workshop
  4. Leadership Development: Effective Leadership Workshop
    This workshop will offer principles of effective leadership as well as an opportunity to ask questions and present scenarios