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Event Times
Clergy-only Pre-event, Wed. Nov. 13, 9:30 am-4 pm, at Woodlake UMC
Five Talent Academy event, Thurs. Nov. 14, 8:30 am-4 pm, at Woodlake UMC and 11 satellite sites


District             Church                                    
Arlngton Pender
Danville First (Martinsville)
Eastern Shore Adams ((Parksley)
Elizabeth River Francis Asbury
Farmville South Hill
Harrisonburg Bridgewater
Lynchburg Timberlake
Rappahannock River    Hillcrest
Richmond Woodlake*
Roanoke Thrasher Memorial
Winchester Braddock Street
York River Williamsburg
*Live Site and Clergy Pre-Event


Featured Presenter for the November 13 event and Preacher for the November 14 event:
Kenneth H. Carter, Resident Bishop of the Florida Conference UMC, and president of the Council of Bishops for the UMC, will be presenting the Clergy-only Pre-event on November 13 at Woodlake UMC and preaching at the Clergy and Laity event on November 14.  Bishop Carter gives pastoral and administrative leadership to about 800 churches, fresh expressions of church, campus ministries and outreach initiatives.  He has served in the Florida Conference since 2012.  He is the author of Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church and Embracing the Wideness: The Shared Convictions of United Methodists.

The following presenters will be featured at the November 14 event:

Michael Adam Beck, pastor of Wildwood UMC, Wildwood, Florida, serves on the Fresh Expressions US national leadership team.  He and his wife Jill co-pastor Wildwood UMC and direct recovery programs, a jail ministry, a food pantry, an interracial unity movement, and a network of 13 fresh expressions that meet in places like tattoo parlors, dog parks and burrito joints. 


Jacqui Lewis is senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church, New York City, a 1,000 member, multi-racial, welcoming and inclusive congregation.  She is an activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for equality and economic justice.  She is the author of The Power of Stories and 10 Essential Strategies to Grow a Multiracial, Multicultural Congregation.


Anjie and Andy Woodworth are co-pastors of Neighborhood Church and have served churches throughout North Georgia.  They are ordained elders in the United Methodist Church.  They love to hear and share stories of how God shows up in the middle of real, messy life.

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What is the 5 Talent Academy?

The 5 Talent Academy is a group of like-minded pastors and laity across the Virginia Conference who are committed to learning the tools and techniques to have healthy, fruitful congregations. As a member of this community, you will learn new ways to increase worship attendance, professions of faith, faith development, ministry to the poor and stewardship.

There is no cost to your church to join the 5 Talent Academy, just a commitment to grow in fruitfulness and multiplication of ministries centering on worship, mission, discipleship, evangelism and stewardship. The 5 Talent Academy can help you achieve your church goals by giving you access to inspiring leaders, proving a venue to brainstorm concepts with peers, and offering you resources to help your church multiply its God-given talents. Consider becoming a member of the Academy today.


1. Worship: 5% annual increase in average worship attendance
2. Evangelism: Professions of faith represent 10% of average worship attendance
3. Faith Development: Small group participation represents 50% of average worship attendance
4. Engage in Mission and Ministry with the Poor:
     a. 50% of worship attendance serves by actively participating in relational ministries
     (e.g., not just donating socks but face-to-face with the poor);
     b. 10% of annual operational giving supports ministry with the poor
5. Stewardship: 5% annual increase in giving


5 Talent Academy Brochure (pdf)
5 Talent Academy Covenant Form (pdf)
5 Talent Academy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (pdf)
5 Talent Academy Summary (pdf)
Transformational Leaders Worksheet (pdf)

Previous Teaching Events & Videos

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