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Advance Academy of Christian Witness 2014

November 27th, 2013


Evangelism in the Established Church:

Advanced Academy of Christian Witness 2014


Featuring: Rev. Tom Berlin

Rev. Mark Miller


January 23-25, 2014

Courtyard by Marriott

Carolina Beach, NC


The Details:

Who Can Attend?  Opened to clergy and laity together from your local church that has a heart and passion for Evangelism and has a desire to learn how you can help your established church grow in a closer relationship with Christ


What Can You Learn?  This is a two day Advance Academy of Christian Witness that is focused on equipping the saints in the Local Church to be in an Evangelistic Ministry to their community. The purpose of the Academy is to help provide resources and an understanding on how the local church looks at its strengths in Evangelism and to build on its    ministries


What is the Cost?  $100.00 per person which includes access to the academy, 2 nights accommodations and 5 meals. Spouses are welcome!



How to Register?  Two methods are available.  You can register online. .  You can register by downloading this “form” and mailing it to the address at the bottom of the form.

Join us at Clarity! An Event for Clergy and Laity!

June 5th, 2013


Clarity: helping others see Jesus Clearly!
October 24-26, 2013

You will come with questions and leave with a tactical evangelism plan for your community of faith! Create a team of two lay people and a clergy person from your church and register below:

Registration Form

Ready to Ignite Evangelism at Your Church?

January 15th, 2013

Evangelism is vitally important! Join us for the Academy for Christian for Christian Witness to equip yourself as a leader and to help equip your community of faith!

If you want real tools for your pastoral toolbox, join the Commission on Evangelism at Camp Rockfish April 30th-May 2nd for 48 hours of worship, training, and networking around evangelism!  Download the application and return it to the Conference Office!

Download your application here:


Save the Dates!

October 27th, 2012


APRIL 30 – MAY 2, 2013

Send your Pastor





SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2013

Open to All Churches




OCTOBER 24-26, 2013

Sponsor Your Witness/Evangelism Chair or a Friend


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October 27th, 2012

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Lay Academy for Christian Witness 2012

October 26th, 2012

Please click below to see the handouts and information about this year’s presentations!



Schedule for the Lay Academy for Christian Witness 2012

October 22nd, 2012


Academy of Christian Witness



Thursday, October 25th, 2012

10:00 am            Commission on Evangelism Members Arrive

12:30 pm            Staff lunch

2:00 pm            Participants Arrive and Check In




3:00 pm            Welcome                                                                                                Commission Chair

Opening Worship                                                                                    Jerry Jackson

4:00 pm            Opening Session 1:  Orientation & Icebreaker                                    Mary Frances McClure

5:00 pm            Session 2:  What is Evangelism & Why is it Important?            Tim Reaves

6:00 pm            Dinner

7:00 pm            Evening Worship and Baptismal Renewal                                    Roger Elliot

8:30 pm            End of Day



Friday, October 26th, 2012



8:00 am            Breakfast

9:00 am             Morning Devotion                                                                                          Eston Brinkley

9:30 am            Session 3: Evaluating Your Congregation’s Welcome                        Chris Harman

10:45 am            Break

11:00 am            Session 4: How Do I Tell My Story?                                                 Ellen McCubbin

12:30 pm            Lunch

1:30 pm            Session 5: Reaching Your Community Where They Are            Anne Elmore

3:30 pm            Break

3:45 pm            Session 6: Radical Church                                                                             Marty Cauley

5:00 pm            Break

6:00 pm            Dinner

7:00 pm             Session 7: Reaching the Younger Generations: Children & Youth   Toni Wood

8:15 pm            Break

8:30 pm            Evening Worship                                                                                           Chris Brady

9:30 pm            End of Day



Saturday, October 27th, 2012



8:00 am            Breakfast

9:00 am             Morning Devotion                                                                                           Christi Quance

9:30 am            Session 8:  It Could Happen Here…Transformation                        Terry Williams

10:30 am            Wrap-Up: Now What…                                                                           Mary Frances McClure

11:00 am            Closing Worship, Communion, and Commitment Service             Marty Cauley

12:15 pm            Depart for home

Information for the Lay Academy October 25-27

October 22nd, 2012

Grace and peace to you!

Have you felt the prayers?  Many people are lifting you and your churches up in prayer as you prepare for the Academy of Christian Witness next week!  The Commission on Evangelism is so excited that you will be joining us!  I wanted to share a couple of housekeeping details with you as you pack and prepare for God to work through all of us next week!

Thank you for agreeing to participate in this year’s academy.  The Commission on Evangelism takes serious the mission statement of The United Methodist Church, “to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  The Academy of Christian Witness’ mission is to assist laity in fulfilling the mission statement of the Church.  You will leave with tools in your toolbox, a book in your backpack, and other people to help you on the journey. 

The Academy is built on premise of Foundation, Function and Follow-through.  We offer worship and presentations to prepare you to return to your church with tools to bring men, women and children to Christ.  Attached you will find a schedule for the Academy, please take time to review it prior to your arrival.  I may have one workshop that may move due to people’s schedules, so you will receive the final copy on Thursday when you arrive.  We will be meeting at Camp Rockfish near Parkton, NC.  Here is the camp’s website to get directions to it (  There is a small amount of walking.  However, you can feel free to drive between buildings if that is more comfortable for you.  

We will be residing in the Bergland Center at Camp Rockfish and having our worship and teaching sessions there.  All participants will be paired in rooms at the Bergland Center.  All your linens are provided.  There is one meal on Thursday, three meals on Friday and breakfast on Saturday and plenty of snacks.   Please let me know if you have special dietary needs such as vegetarian meals. You are welcome to dress casually and comfortably throughout the weekend.

The conference room has wireless internet capacity, however the rooms do not. 

The Annual Conference and the Conference Connectional Table strongly support this Academy and believe it’s benefit to the laity is to fulfill the previously mentioned mission statement.  As such, we ask that you make arrangements to be at the Academy throughout the three days.   We understand that emergencies arise.  However, given the stewardship responsibilities the Commission has the Annual Conference, we ask that you commit to full participation in the 48 hours.  Please plan to arrive between 2 and 3pm on Thursday.  We will be done before noon on Saturday.    

IGNITE…sharing our story

October 1st, 2012


Have you ever noticed that the Bible is full of stories? Noah and the Ark…The Tower of Babel….Jesus and the blind man…. Why is the Bible full of stories? Let’s be real. Stories are easier to remember than a list. Stories draw us into the action. We can see ourselves in the stories.

Our faith journey is also a story, a story where we move closer to God and sometimes further away. Our stories are important to share. Our story may be the voice that God uses to speak to someone else.

How can you share your story? Here’s one person’s story… Cameron. She has a blog where she shares her faith!

How can you share yours?

A Commercial for the Academy

September 8th, 2012

Join us for the Lay Academy for Christian Witness October 25-27th!  We start up Thursday at 2pm and wrap up before lunch on Saturday!  This is an event designed to transform your thinking about evangelism and your community!


Click here for online registration:  ONLINE REGISTRATION

Click here for a shareable commercial about the Academy!

Lay ACW…the Movie


Here’s the application in a PDF if you prefer paper to registering online:

2012-Lay-ACW-Application updated 9-7