The Louisiana Office of Missional Engagement and Outreach oversees the work of missions, which includes everything from disaster response to domestic and international mission trips.
Our call is to reach out to those in need and engage the church to be the hands and feet of Christ in a time of need. This important work is most effective when volunteers are equipped and empowered and this training does just that.
A mission field can be anything from a clean water project overseas to sitting and praying with a tornado survivor.
Mission trips are more impactful when they are undergirded with solid training and an understanding of how to effectively serve in the mission field, both domestically and internationally.
Connecting Neighbors Training includes the standard Connecting Neighbors training, as well as Louisiana Volunteers in Mission training. (Attendees must select one of the two tracks.)
There are two upcoming trainings:
Traditionally, the training begins with check-in at 8:30am, training is from 9am - 4pm with lunch included.
Connecting Neighbors is a new program from UMCOR that gives congregations the tools and information they need to guide the development of their disaster-response ministries. Congregations that invest their time in “Connecting Neighbors” training are better prepared for what emergencies may come, able to draw on local resources more quickly in the wake of a disaster and more confident that United Methodists will be a resource for community recovery.
Programs include the following:
Volunteers in Mission is a channel whereby Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term assignments. Their work includes construction and renewing of mission facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, conducting Bible study or Bible School for children, and clean water programs.
This training is for those who desire to lead a mission trip, better understand how mission trips are organized, the purpose behind them or for those who want to reach out in a disaster. This can include pastors or laity.
In addition to a broad understanding of how missional outreach and engagement is both effective and a call from God, this event will also cover a wide range of topics, including:
This training will qualify those who attend to be a VIM leader for the next three years
Lagniappe training (2 hours) will include the following presentations: