Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Clergy Gatherings

This Year’s Clergy Gatherings

PURPOSE:  To be further equipped to provide positive leadership in the midst of “times like these.”
We began this overarching purpose last year and spent much time gathered around tables in conversation and learning.  We named “times like these” to be the complex times we see for the future of the Church, our denomination, and our world situation.  Our topics have been selected by clergy.  We will be continuing this work together in this new annual conference year.


Unless otherwise noted, all will be held at Bethany UMC (Hampton).  Fellowship begins at 9am, worship/discussion/activity begins at 9:30am.  We begin with worship and conclude with communion.
We ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes early to allow for sign-in and for a prompt start at 9:30am.

  • Tuesday, September 19th
  • Thursday, November 2nd
  • Thursday, January 18th
  •  Tuesday, Feb. 6th – Thursday, Feb. 8th – Clergy Retreat (tentatively Williamsburg)  2-3 day event with option for overnight stay or commute to retreat center.  More info in the fall.
  • Tuesday, April 10th
  • Tuesday, June 5th, 10am - Clergy Farewell Worship and Lunch at Crooks Memorial UMC


Purpose:  To be further equipped to provide positive leadership in the midst of “times like these.”

Topic:  Per the input from YRDCA clergy, our initial topic for the year will be related to human sexuality.  A question for us all is “How will we lead our congregations to continue to engage in ministry and mission before and after General Conference 2019?”  It is strongly encouraged that all local churches engage in conversation and dialogue to prepare for decisions made in 2019.  Thus, we will work together through our initial gatherings to explore preparing our congregations by first having the conversations among ourselves. 

Goal for Sept. 19th:  Enhance awareness and being equipped for the conversations through the exposure of several resources and our discussion.  We will have video, study, process/conversation guides, and more available for review and take-away.  We will also share and discuss how best to proceed together.