Step One Conference

The NM Conference New Church Development Committee and Path 1 are hosting a Step One Conference to be advertised nationally.  The purpose of this event is to orient and inform laity, clergy, local church and Conference leaders about reaching new people through new ministries, new faith communities and new churches. 

Dates:  September 26 – 28, 2018  Registration at 12:00 noon on the 26th.
Site:  St John’s UMC, 2626 Arizona St. NE – 505-885-9717
Cost:  $75







Rev. Curtis Brown: Curtis is a pastor, church planter, consultant and coach who has worked with hundreds of church leaders and planters. Currently he works with Path1 training, consulting, coaching, and conspiring with UMC leaders in starting new faith communities in the Western United States. Prior to joining Path1, served as the Director of Faith Community Development in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UMC, where he was working to plant and grow more vital congregations within the post-Christian culture of the Pacific Northwest. Curtis holds a doctorate in Community Organizing from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary and additional degrees from Boston University and University of Evansville. He is an ordained elder in the UMC and a member of the New England Conference, where he has served as the Director of Congregational Development and pastored in Wakefield, Westborough, Shrewsbury, and Framingham, Massachusetts.

Rev. Kim Griffith: Kim serves as the Path 1 New Church Strategist for the Southeastern Jurisdiction with the United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. She was a church planter for over 10 years, starting a new service at First UMC in Ft. Myers, Florida, and starting River of Life UMC in Jacksonville, Florida. She has also served as the Associate Director of New Church Development for the Florida Annual Conference and Executive Director for Griffith Coaching. She enjoys working with pastors and laity who are beginning new faith communities, and with pastors and churches that are seeking to revitalize and reach new people. Kim holds a B.A. from the University of Florida, a M.Div. from Emory University, and a D.Min from Wesley Theological Seminary; and is an ordained Elder in the Florida Conference of The UMC.

Rev. Janet Norden:  Janet was called into nursing as a young woman.  She served in the ER as a nurse practitioner while in seminary and worked with homeless and marginalized populations there. One night while away in seminary, I had a vision of serving Holy Communion on the streets to those experiencing homelessness. with Rev. Greg Henneman, who also had a vision for serving the homeless and marginalized, and others in the community, Community of Hope began to be realized with others who saw this ministry as truly one that would be Kingdom building.

Samuel Rodriguez: Samuel served as a Commissioned Missionary with Global Ministries of The UMC for nine years, served seven years in the Central Texas Annual Conference as Coordinator for Hispanic/ Latino Ministries. Sam also served on staff at Discipleship Ministries/ Path1 as Director of Hispanic /Latino and Multiethnic New Church Starts. Presently, he is on staff at The General Commission on Religion and Race as Director of Connectional Relations.

Rev. Donnie Williams:  Donnie is life long native of Odessa, Texas. He served as Youth Pastor at First United Methodist church for many years before becoming the church planter for The Bridge in 2012.  The Bridge began recruiting launch team members in 2012. They held their first preview service in June and launched weekly worship on January 13, 2013. They met weekly in an elementary school gym before moving into their new building in October of 2107. They are located on the north side of Odessa in one of the growing areas in the community.

More speakers to be announced soon!

Panel discussion: ” What did we learn?” – Reverends Phil Huston, Joe Whitley and Ross Whiteaker.

New Church Worship Opportunity:  Rev. Dr. Todd Seelau invites all to the X-ile Blues Church on Wednesday night.

Accommodations:  Hampton Inn – University Downtown, 2300 Carlisle NE, 87110.  Book under” United Methodist Church”.

Contact Info:  505-255-8786  Register via phone, need name, address, phone, email, church & vegetarian or gluten free.

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