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The next 5 Talent Academy Teaching Event will be:

Defying Gravity: Breaking Free from the Culture of More

Featuring the Rev. Tom Berlin
Saturday March 18, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

(Please plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m. for registration. The event will begin promptly at 9.)

Defying Gravity explores what is required to sustain a vibrant life, what we need versus what we want, and what we can do to avoid being pulled into the orbit of materialism. 

Event Cost:
      Registration deadline: 3/6
Early Bird: $25/PERSON 
     Must Register by: 2/15
Group Pricing:
     Team pricing discounts are available

The Rev. Tom Berlin serves as the Lead Pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, a congregation that has pursued intentional generosity that has blessed their local community and global projects in partnership with the Sierra Leone Annual Conference. Tom serves on the Southeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy and has been appointed to the United Methodist Church’s Commission on a Way Forward.

Who Should Come?
This event is designed for those who want to learn and lead others to live fruitfully and faithfully. This includes but is not limited to, treasurers, and finance folks.

Tom Berlin will be speaking live from Floris UMC in Northern Virginia. There will be nine satellite locations throughout the conference in order to bring this event close to your church home. 

• Danville: Fairview UMC
• Eastern Shore: Franktown UMC
 Elizabeth River: New Creation UMC
• Farmville: South Hill UMC
• Northern VA: Floris UMC  (Live Site)
• Richmond: Woodlake UMC
• Roanoke: Fieldstone UMC
• Shenandoah Valley: Bridgewater UMC
  Staunton: Calvary UMC
• York River: Williamsburg UMC

.5 CEU is available 

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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


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5 Talent Academy Summary (pdf)
Transformational Leaders Worksheet (pdf)

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