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Lake North Leadership Training 2024

Location: Wheeling: First Korean UMC (655 East Hintz Road., Wheeling, IL)

Lake North Leadership Training 2024


LEAD 2024

Saturday, January 27
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $15

First Korean United Methodist Church (655 East Hintz Road., Wheeling, IL)

Online Zoom option available for Opening Worship and select classes.

Online Registration 


  • 9 a.m. - Opening Worship (also available via online broadcast) 
  • 10 - 10:15 a.m. - Break and Refreshments 
  • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. - Ministry Training Session 1 
  • 11:15 - 11:30 a.m. - Break and Refreshments 
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Ministry Training Session 2 
  • 12:30 p.m. - Dismissal

Session offerings (choose 1 per session):

  • Trustee - led by Martha Rudy, First UMC of Evanston
    Are you looking to lovingly manage your beautiful, historic church building? Martha Rudy from the district building management committee will guide you through a practical Church Trustee training to help you manage and preserve your cherished space.
  • SPRC (Staff Parish Relations Committee) - led by Rev. Arlene Christopherson, NIC Assistant to the Bishop
    (also Zoom online option available)
    Looking to refresh the leadership of your SPRC? Interested in enhancing your support for your pastor? Rev. Arlene Christopherson will share gentle guidance on the valuable contributions of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.
  • Finance - led by Susan Geil, Berry UMC 
    Join Susan Geil for the informative session on Church Finance Management. Discover easy-to-understand strategies for budgeting and financial planning that will support your church's growth. With Susan's clear guidance, you will find managing your church's finances clear and approachable, ensuring you feel confident and equipped.
  • Stewardship - led by Rev. Chris Walters, Midwest Methodist Foundation, President & CEO, and Rev. Eun-Hye Choi, Glenview UMC
    (also Zoom online option available)
    Come join us for a nurturing and welcoming Church Stewardship Leadership training. Under the guidance of Rev. Chris Walters of the Midwest Methodist Foundation and Rev. Eun-Hye of Glenview UMC, this workshop will equip you with the essentials of stewarding your church's resources. Their collective wisdom is sure to enrich and inspire your journey in stewardship.
  • Evangelism  “How to Encourage the Telling of Stories” - led by Kara Lehnhardt and Kathy Locke, United Methodist of Libertyville
    Evangelism today calls for sharing our faith through the power of storytelling, as it's through these narratives that connections are made. Learn from the experiences of fellow congregations who are creating welcoming spaces and opportunities for new individuals to connect with us.
  • Net Zero - led by Rev. Hope Cherinich and Richard Alton, First UMC of Des Plaines
    Explore the path to sustainability with our Net-Zero Church Leadership Training, led by Pastor Hope and Richard Alton. Learn how to guide your congregation toward a greener future, reducing your church's carbon footprint and embracing environmental stewardship.
  • Discipleship - led by Rev. Caleb Hong, Christ Church of Rockford
    What is our church's mission? Consider how effectively we communicate it to all, from visitors to our members, leaders, and staff. With Rev. Caleb Hong guiding us, our Intentional Discipleship System (IDS) seeks to make our mission clear and inspire a culture that faithfully adheres to Jesus Christ's call to discipleship.

Online Registration 

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