Connecting Neighbors

Are you looking for ways to share your skills, find a deeper purpose, explore new interests, or be more involved in your community?

The Louisiana Annual Conference is offering a series of mission and disaster preparedness events to be held in our six districts. This event is the new standard for learning how churches and their members can be prepared in case of a disaster, how to reach out to others in a disaster and how to lead or participate in local, national or international missions.

Who is this for and why should you attend? 

  • Pastors, Lay Leaders, Trustees, and Finance Committee members--learn how to ready your congregation for mission and disaster preparedness.
  • Local Church small groups—find out how to effectively respond to those in need and how to explore your capacity for various disaster response ministries. 
  • Missions Coordinators, Students, and Workers with Youth —find out about the effects of poverty and the importance of spiritual leadership when serving others.
  • Mission Team Members and Leaders – learn all of the tools needed to be an effective and successful participant or leader of short-term missions locally, nationally, and internationally. (formally LAVIM Leadership Training)

Connecting Neighbors Training Events Date: (Anyone from any district can attend if the dates work for you.)

  • Shreveport District   January 27, 2018,  FUMC Bossier in Bossier City


  • $40 (does not include travel or hotel accommodations)

Classes being offered include:

Connecting Neighbors

  • Ready Congregants focuses on preparing individuals and families to be disaster-ready. Participants will be inspired to take action in order to prepare themselves, their households and others before and immediately following a disaster.
  • Ready Churches emphasizes the importance of protecting church property and the people within the property, before and immediately following a disaster, and of appropriate use of church property in disaster response.
  • Ready Response encourages churches to explore their capacity for various disaster response ministries and to consider ways to engage community partners.

Louisiana Volunteers in Mission Leadership

  • This training is for those who desire to lead a mission trip, better understand how mission trips are organized, the purpose behind them or for those who want to reach out in a disaster. In addition to a broad understanding of how missional outreach and engagement is both effective and a call from God, this event will also cover a wide range of topics, including how to equip you and your church for a mission both domestically and internationally. 

  • Also included: 

    • When Helping Hurts: This course will encourage us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things.
    • 50/50: This training is a lens for discerning which relational opportunities in your missional context can have a long-term impact. You will be equipped to ask the question, ‘will this be a sustainable ministry after you leave?’ 

All classes and training are for pastors or laity.

*First Name
*Last Name
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*Which event do you plan to attend?
Lake Charles, October 28, 2017, St. Luke-Simpson, Lake Charles
Shreveport, January 27, 2018, FUMC Bossier, Bossier City
*Which course offerings do you plan to attend?
Connecting Neighbors
Volunteers in Mission Training (VIM)
*Cost: ($40)

The cost of this event is $40 and payment must be made upon registration.
(This cost includes lunch, class materials and your own flash drive with electronic resources and forms for your use. The cost does not include travel or hotel accommodations.)  

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