STARTING STRONG 2017

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The Office of Ministerial Development & Credentialing is excited for the upoming Starting Strong 2017.

Starting Strong is a three-day event held each September at the World Ministries Center in Indianapolis, IN. It is designed for pastors and spouses to have extensive time with our Bishops and leadership team because it is our conviction that spending one-on-one time with our Bishops, communications, leadership development, ministerial credentialing, church operations, missions, International Child Care (ICCM) and human resources will make this an event current day leaders can’t miss.

As always, participants in Starting Strong will leave Indianapolis with resourcing and strategic relationships to impact the ministries they lead.

Click here to register for Starting Strong!


4:00 – 5:00    Registration

5:00 – 5:10    Welcome: Credentialing

5:10 – 6:00    Dinner

6:00 – 6:15    Getting to Know You

6:15 – 6:30    Worship

6:30 – 7:15    Session I: Bishop Matt Thomas

7:15 – 7:25    Response/Dialogue

7:25 – 7:30    Announcements/Dismiss

8:30 – 8:45    Worship

8:45 – 9:30    Session II: Bishop Roller

9:30 – 10:15   Board of Bishops/Dialogue

10:15 – 10:30  Break

10:30 – 11:15  Q & A with Board of Bishops

11:15 – 12:00  IT & Communications

12:00 – 1:00   Lunch

1:00 – 1:20    Free Methodist World Missions – Gerry Coates

1:20 – 1:30    International Child Care Ministries – Linda Adams

1:30 – 2:15    Operating a Church with Excellence – Larry Roberts

2:15 – 2:30    Break

2:30 – 3:15    Break Out Groups

3:20 – 4:00    Break Out Groups

4:00                Free Time and Networking Opportunities

6:00 – 7:00    Dinner

8:30 – 8:45     Worship

8:45 – 9:30     Session III: Bishop David Kendall

9:30 – 9:40     Pension Plan – Willadean Free Methodist Foundation

9:40 – 9:50     Free Methodist Foundation – Tim Burkhart

9:50 – 10:15   W.M.C Tour / Break

10:15 – 11:15  Closing Charge / Communion, led by our bishops

11:15am           Depart

Click on dates above to see schedule of events


Bishop Matt Thomas


Bishop Thomas will be sharing the vision and strategies for “replicating” disciples, leaders and churches.

Bishop David Kendall


Bishop Kendall will be sharing the the vision and strategies for “revitalizing” the local church.

Larry Roberts, Chief Operating Officer


Running a church involves more than sermons. Part of it involves paychecks and bills and hiring and firing and protecting the people God entrusts into your care. They don’t teach you how to handle that stuff in seminary. But Larry Roberts does. Be a better pastor. Learn how to grow your church, protect your assets, and stay out of jail.

Bishop David Roller


Bishop Roller will be sharing the vision and strategies for “recalibrating” our mission.


Jay Cordova, Director of Communications


In a world seemingly full of online clutter, Jay Cordova will share ways to maximize your time online, best practices for social media through the church and strategies for effective communications to move your church community into the social media age.