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SBC21 n ew we bsit e o p e n d o ors t o On -lin e Le arnin g

(Nashville, TN)— Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century showcased a new method of teaching and learning to nearly 100 pastors and key congregational leaders during its annual orientation and training of Congregation Resource Centers. The meeting, tagged SBC21 Redefined unveiled a new paradigm for delivering and receiving information by embracing all that technology has to offer. Participants witnessed first hand how the new technology would be integrated to support the new initiatives of SBC21. These initiatives

were introduced during the CRC orientation and training and will integrate immediately into the new path of SBC21. The new website, logo, mobile marketing program and e-learning portal are key tools for the future as it relates to how the CRC and Partner Congregations will interact.

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW the latest ne w s and information with SB C21. You can no w join National Director Fred A. Allen on Facebook, as w ell as join the SB C21 facebook fan page. You may upload photos from your various events and trainings and send m essages to one

facebook

G eneral Board Of Discipleship P.O. Box 340003 N ashville, T N 37203-0003

another. If the computer isn’t your thing, text SB C21 to 313131 and join the mobile marketing group. W e will send you the latest ne w s

In fact, the presentation on the SBC21 e-learning portal was done via SKYPE (from London, England) to demonstrate the new technology. Also throughout the 2-day meeting, participants were able to receive hands on experience at the mini technology café in the meeting room. “We are moving in a direction to where our CRCs will be equipped with the highest level of support so that the goals set to support and undergird the Partner Congregations can be achieved and maximized, explained Dr. Fred A. Allen, National Executive Director of SBC21. The new strategy and methodology will better enable congregational resource centers and the partner churches to receive a variety of training on-demand and with more frequency. The design team for the new e-learning portal expect that training and other materials from various events from across the country will be on the website during the first quarter of 2010. and information directly to your mobile phone. By getting connected and staying connected, SB C21 will continue to provide information that will be helpful to you in our w ork together to strengthen and revitalize AfricanA m erican congregations within the United M ethodist Church.

Insid e t his issu e P. O . B o x 340003 N a s h v ill e , T N 37203-0003 To ll 877.899.2780 E x t.1722 w w w.s b c21. o r g

FALL/ WINTER 2009

BISHOP’S CORNER PA G E T W O

on

Putting more grace in cyperspace PA G E THREE

THE NEWSLETTER FOR HOPE, HEALING & WHOLENESS

SBC21 new website opens on-line learning

DIRECTOR’S CORNER

PA G E F O UR

Dr. Fred A. Allen National Director

Be the first to know

Be t t er To g e t h er

I

am Encouraged, Revitalized and full of great Hope! Since I last talked to you, significant and impactful initiatives have taken true shape and form as we work together to fulfill our mission to transform, nurture, build and sustain strong Black congregations. I am grateful to lead this initiative, but more importantly, I praise God for the support of the SBC21 Coordinating Committee (board) and for all partners involved in the movement to be a prophetic witness for Jesus Christ in the world today. Over the past few months, I have seen the demonstration of God‘s Word in the movement of SBC21. Acts 2:42 say “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” My brothers and sisters, during the annual training and orientation of the Congregation-

PA G E F O UR

BECOME A MORE EFFECTIVE MINISTRY C O N TA CT the N atio nal SBC21 O ffice to d a y at 615.340.1722 to b eco m e a partner church!

A lso, visit the

SBC21 w eb site at w w w.sbc21.org to do w nload the con gregational-co mm unity profile form w hich is the first step to beco m ing a partner ch urch.

Dr. Allen delivers an inspiring opening at the CRC Orientation and Training held September 24-26

al Resource Centers we walked away from a 2-day exciting and fulfilled agenda having accomplished so much through fellowship, teaching and prayer. continued on page 2

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BISHOP’S CORNER ON LEADING THE WAY

Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, SBC21 Chair

“Let us rise up and build. So, they strengthened their hands for the good work.” Nehemiah 2:18

D

uring the recently held Annual Congregation Resource Center (CRC) Training and Orientation of SBC21, I had the opportunity to witness the gifts and talent of clergy and laity in a synergy that demonstrated their love for The United Methodist Church, and more importantly, for building God’s Kingdom. I was very encouraged to witness the enthusiasm and commitment from pastors and their leaders to come together for direction and training with one purpose – to help strengthen and transform Black partner congregations! The goal is not simply to survive or sustain existing institutions; the goal is to thrive and to transform existing congregations and communities to be a dynamic witness to the kingdom of God. I know you realize we still have an uphill climb ahead of us as we try to do more with less. I am confident, however, that this team is up to the challenge. I saw the new SBC21 emerge right before my very eyes. From the introduction of new logos, websites and emerging technology, to the intentionality of

Better Together

energetic and exciting teaching and learning workshops – Praise God! We are learning to work together for the strength of the black church, and for that I am truly grateful. As I have said on many occasions, I am going to do all within my power to continue to champion the vision, mission, goals and objectives of SBC21 on every level of my influence! With the capable and prayerful leadership of Dr. Fred Allen and the SBC21 Coordinating Committee and Congregation Resource Centers, Partner Churches will be empowered, and I believe such empowerment will enable congregations to progress holistically in the twenty-first century. I look forward to our future together as we work to strengthen the black church in the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

continued from page 1

Two words continue to ring true in a resounding way since that day, “Better Together.” As I travel across the country meeting and strategically working to teach and communicate the SBC21 emphasis, I realize that we must embrace the concept and the spirit behind two simple but powerful words, “Better Together”. Better Together in partnership with the Council of Bishops, Annual Conference Cabinets, Connectional Ministries, The Connectional Table, General Agencies, General Commissions, and every entity that will support our work

to undergird Partner Congregations. We are better together because God created us for Community. The training, created by our SBC21 team, allowed us to see and learn that when we work together we grow in wisdom, we sharpen one another, we set the tone for accountability and therefore the level of support is greater and evident. God moves when we work together – the bible declare in Matthew that where two are more gathers, there we will find God in the midst. Choose today to embrace the concept of Better Together through SBC21

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Rodney McMichael leads praise and worship during the CRC Orientation andTraining

by joining and supporting all of the efforts set out to make us all better for the service of God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Urban Techies Learn Unique Prayer By Kwasi Kena Director of Evangelism, General Board of Discipleship, the United Methodist Church Staffing Additional Contributions by Toska Medlock Lee

J

esus told his disciples in Matthew 10:27 “shout from the housetops” what he whispered in their ears. This scripture has come to practical life for several teams of young people from the United Methodist Church who gathered in Los Angeles to learn how to create short prayer videos to broadcast to the world through the Internet. To young people, the Internet is considered the new megaphone for the next-generation of disciples. According to recent reports by Science Daily, teens spend at least 31 hours per week surfing the net. This digital age and technology phenomenon must include methods for teens and young people to express their relationship with Christ in their own unique way. So how do today’s young, urban disciples evangelize about an almighty God? They do it through avenues such as youtube, facebook, flicker, twitter and myspace - all Internet mediums for teens to share with their peers. Indeed, changing times require changing strategies. Six pre-selected teams from the United Methodist Church gathered in Los Angeles to learn how to create short prayer videos. The one and one-half day, Prayer Essentials, preevent was presented by GBOD (General Board of Discipleship), followed by a five-day “Media and Faith” training event hosted by the Kaleidoscope Institute The training not only taught the hands on video production necessary

Our Summer 2009 “Media and Faith” workshop participants.

Kwasi Kena videotapes the Media and Faith class discussion.

to actually produce prayer videos, but young people were encouraged to broaden their understanding of the many facets of prayer through guided discussions. Simple, but key questions were asked in an effort to begin their understanding of Prayer: When, how, and from whom did you learn to pray? How do people in your congregation learn to pray? The questions prodded: Who is God and who are we to dare to pray? What happens when we

Congra t ula t es

Sou t h Colu m bus UMC on its 67t h Church Anniversary 3

lament? The questions pushed: How can you pray with your eyes and ears, and with your mind and imagination? Practical demonstrations underscored each method. Poignant discussions probed new possibilities. At the end, awe-inspiring audio/visual prayers were birthed. Each evening, GBOD staff, Safiyah Fosua and Kwasi Kena led the group in a variety of multi-sensory worship experiences. Participants are expected to produce two or three short videos per quarter and receive ongoing critique. To meet the growing demand for more training in the effective use of media by faith communities, the Kaleidoscope Institute plans to add the Media and Faith course to its Winter Institute offerings. Please visit www.sbc21.org for updates.


BISHOP’S CORNER ON LEADING THE WAY

Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, SBC21 Chair

“Let us rise up and build. So, they strengthened their hands for the good work.” Nehemiah 2:18

D

uring the recently held Annual Congregation Resource Center (CRC) Training and Orientation of SBC21, I had the opportunity to witness the gifts and talent of clergy and laity in a synergy that demonstrated their love for The United Methodist Church, and more importantly, for building God’s Kingdom. I was very encouraged to witness the enthusiasm and commitment from pastors and their leaders to come together for direction and training with one purpose – to help strengthen and transform Black partner congregations! The goal is not simply to survive or sustain existing institutions; the goal is to thrive and to transform existing congregations and communities to be a dynamic witness to the kingdom of God. I know you realize we still have an uphill climb ahead of us as we try to do more with less. I am confident, however, that this team is up to the challenge. I saw the new SBC21 emerge right before my very eyes. From the introduction of new logos, websites and emerging technology, to the intentionality of

Better Together

energetic and exciting teaching and learning workshops – Praise God! We are learning to work together for the strength of the black church, and for that I am truly grateful. As I have said on many occasions, I am going to do all within my power to continue to champion the vision, mission, goals and objectives of SBC21 on every level of my influence! With the capable and prayerful leadership of Dr. Fred Allen and the SBC21 Coordinating Committee and Congregation Resource Centers, Partner Churches will be empowered, and I believe such empowerment will enable congregations to progress holistically in the twenty-first century. I look forward to our future together as we work to strengthen the black church in the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

continued from page 1

Two words continue to ring true in a resounding way since that day, “Better Together.” As I travel across the country meeting and strategically working to teach and communicate the SBC21 emphasis, I realize that we must embrace the concept and the spirit behind two simple but powerful words, “Better Together”. Better Together in partnership with the Council of Bishops, Annual Conference Cabinets, Connectional Ministries, The Connectional Table, General Agencies, General Commissions, and every entity that will support our work

to undergird Partner Congregations. We are better together because God created us for Community. The training, created by our SBC21 team, allowed us to see and learn that when we work together we grow in wisdom, we sharpen one another, we set the tone for accountability and therefore the level of support is greater and evident. God moves when we work together – the bible declare in Matthew that where two are more gathers, there we will find God in the midst. Choose today to embrace the concept of Better Together through SBC21

2

Rodney McMichael leads praise and worship during the CRC Orientation andTraining

by joining and supporting all of the efforts set out to make us all better for the service of God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Urban Techies Learn Unique Prayer By Kwasi Kena Director of Evangelism, General Board of Discipleship, the United Methodist Church Staffing Additional Contributions by Toska Medlock Lee

J

esus told his disciples in Matthew 10:27 “shout from the housetops” what he whispered in their ears. This scripture has come to practical life for several teams of young people from the United Methodist Church who gathered in Los Angeles to learn how to create short prayer videos to broadcast to the world through the Internet. To young people, the Internet is considered the new megaphone for the next-generation of disciples. According to recent reports by Science Daily, teens spend at least 31 hours per week surfing the net. This digital age and technology phenomenon must include methods for teens and young people to express their relationship with Christ in their own unique way. So how do today’s young, urban disciples evangelize about an almighty God? They do it through avenues such as youtube, facebook, flicker, twitter and myspace - all Internet mediums for teens to share with their peers. Indeed, changing times require changing strategies. Six pre-selected teams from the United Methodist Church gathered in Los Angeles to learn how to create short prayer videos. The one and one-half day, Prayer Essentials, preevent was presented by GBOD (General Board of Discipleship), followed by a five-day “Media and Faith” training event hosted by the Kaleidoscope Institute The training not only taught the hands on video production necessary

Our Summer 2009 “Media and Faith” workshop participants.

Kwasi Kena videotapes the Media and Faith class discussion.

to actually produce prayer videos, but young people were encouraged to broaden their understanding of the many facets of prayer through guided discussions. Simple, but key questions were asked in an effort to begin their understanding of Prayer: When, how, and from whom did you learn to pray? How do people in your congregation learn to pray? The questions prodded: Who is God and who are we to dare to pray? What happens when we

Congra t ula t es

Sou t h Colu m bus UMC on its 67t h Church Anniversary 3

lament? The questions pushed: How can you pray with your eyes and ears, and with your mind and imagination? Practical demonstrations underscored each method. Poignant discussions probed new possibilities. At the end, awe-inspiring audio/visual prayers were birthed. Each evening, GBOD staff, Safiyah Fosua and Kwasi Kena led the group in a variety of multi-sensory worship experiences. Participants are expected to produce two or three short videos per quarter and receive ongoing critique. To meet the growing demand for more training in the effective use of media by faith communities, the Kaleidoscope Institute plans to add the Media and Faith course to its Winter Institute offerings. Please visit www.sbc21.org for updates.


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SBC21 n ew we bsit e o p e n d o ors t o On -lin e Le arnin g

(Nashville, TN)— Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century showcased a new method of teaching and learning to nearly 100 pastors and key congregational leaders during its annual orientation and training of Congregation Resource Centers. The meeting, tagged SBC21 Redefined unveiled a new paradigm for delivering and receiving information by embracing all that technology has to offer. Participants witnessed first hand how the new technology would be integrated to support the new initiatives of SBC21. These initiatives

were introduced during the CRC orientation and training and will integrate immediately into the new path of SBC21. The new website, logo, mobile marketing program and e-learning portal are key tools for the future as it relates to how the CRC and Partner Congregations will interact.

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW the latest ne w s and information with SB C21. You can no w join National Director Fred A. Allen on Facebook, as w ell as join the SB C21 facebook fan page. You may upload photos from your various events and trainings and send m essages to one

facebook

G eneral Board Of Discipleship P.O. Box 340003 N ashville, T N 37203-0003

another. If the computer isn’t your thing, text SB C21 to 313131 and join the mobile marketing group. W e will send you the latest ne w s

In fact, the presentation on the SBC21 e-learning portal was done via SKYPE (from London, England) to demonstrate the new technology. Also throughout the 2-day meeting, participants were able to receive hands on experience at the mini technology café in the meeting room. “We are moving in a direction to where our CRCs will be equipped with the highest level of support so that the goals set to support and undergird the Partner Congregations can be achieved and maximized, explained Dr. Fred A. Allen, National Executive Director of SBC21. The new strategy and methodology will better enable congregational resource centers and the partner churches to receive a variety of training on-demand and with more frequency. The design team for the new e-learning portal expect that training and other materials from various events from across the country will be on the website during the first quarter of 2010. and information directly to your mobile phone. By getting connected and staying connected, SB C21 will continue to provide information that will be helpful to you in our w ork together to strengthen and revitalize AfricanA m erican congregations within the United M ethodist Church.

Insid e t his issu e P. O . B o x 340003 N a s h v ill e , T N 37203-0003 To ll 877.899.2780 E x t.1722 w w w.s b c21. o r g

FALL/ WINTER 2009

BISHOP’S CORNER PA G E T W O

on

Putting more grace in cyperspace PA G E THREE

THE NEWSLETTER FOR HOPE, HEALING & WHOLENESS

SBC21 new website opens on-line learning

DIRECTOR’S CORNER

PA G E F O UR

Dr. Fred A. Allen National Director

Be the first to know

Be t t er To g e t h er

I

am Encouraged, Revitalized and full of great Hope! Since I last talked to you, significant and impactful initiatives have taken true shape and form as we work together to fulfill our mission to transform, nurture, build and sustain strong Black congregations. I am grateful to lead this initiative, but more importantly, I praise God for the support of the SBC21 Coordinating Committee (board) and for all partners involved in the movement to be a prophetic witness for Jesus Christ in the world today. Over the past few months, I have seen the demonstration of God‘s Word in the movement of SBC21. Acts 2:42 say “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” My brothers and sisters, during the annual training and orientation of the Congregation-

PA G E F O UR

BECOME A MORE EFFECTIVE MINISTRY C O N TA CT the N atio nal SBC21 O ffice to d a y at 615.340.1722 to b eco m e a partner church!

A lso, visit the

SBC21 w eb site at w w w.sbc21.org to do w nload the con gregational-co mm unity profile form w hich is the first step to beco m ing a partner ch urch.

Dr. Allen delivers an inspiring opening at the CRC Orientation and Training held September 24-26

al Resource Centers we walked away from a 2-day exciting and fulfilled agenda having accomplished so much through fellowship, teaching and prayer. continued on page 2

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SBC21 Newsletter-On Good Ground Monthly, Fall/Winter 2009