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5 Talent Academy – Previous Events


Event Videos
Click here to view videos from the Nov. 14, 2019 5 Talent Academy

Event Handouts
Nov. 13 – A day with Bishop Carter and Colleagues (pdf)
Nov. 14 – 5 Talent Schedule/Evaluation/CEU Form (pdf)
Nov. 14 – Fresh Expressions Handout (pdf)
Nov. 14 – Neighboring (pdf)

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Featured Presenter for the November 13, 2019 event and Preacher for the November 14 event:

Kenneth H. Carter, Resident Bishop of the Florida Conference UMC, and president of the Council of Bishops for the UMC, will be presenting the Clergy-only Pre-event on November 13 at Woodlake UMC and preaching at the Clergy and Laity event on November 14.  Bishop Carter gives pastoral and administrative leadership to about 800 churches, fresh expressions of church, campus ministries and outreach initiatives.  He has served in the Florida Conference since 2012.  He is the author of Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church and Embracing the Wideness: The Shared Convictions of United Methodists.

The following presenters will be featured at the November 14 event:

Michael Adam Beck, pastor of Wildwood UMC, Wildwood, Florida, serves on the Fresh Expressions US national leadership team.  He and his wife Jill co-pastor Wildwood UMC and direct recovery programs, a jail ministry, a food pantry, an interracial unity movement, and a network of 13 fresh expressions that meet in places like tattoo parlors, dog parks and burrito joints. 

Jacqui Lewis is senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church, New York City, a 1,000 member, multi-racial, welcoming and inclusive congregation.  She is an activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for equality and economic justice.  She is the author of The Power of Stories and 10 Essential Strategies to Grow a Multiracial, Multicultural Congregation.

 Anjie and Andy Woodworth are co-pastors of Neighborhood Church and have served churches throughout North Georgia.  They are ordained elders in the United Methodist Church.  They love to hear and share stories of how God shows up in the middle of real, messy life.


October 2018 event: 

5 Talent Playlist

Worship Service


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

March 10, 2018 event: Beyond Sunday School: Empowering regular folks to lead a God movement featuring Rachel Billups
Worship Video     
Mentor Experience Guide  by Ginghamsburg Church Women’s Ministry Core Team (pdf)
Mentor Participant Experience Guide  by Ginghamsburg Church Women’s Ministry Core Team (pdf)


October 19 event on Evangelism featuring Jacob Armstrong
Session 1    
Session 2     
Session 3    
Question and Answers

March 18 event on Stewardship featuring Tom Berlin
Video 1  
Video 2


The Rev. James (Jim) Harnish shared insight and instruction on creating and improving small group ministry at the November 10, 2015 Faith Development event. This event also featured a panel of VAUMC pastors who have seen successful small group ministries in their congregations.    

Watch video from this event: 

Full Event Playlist  
Testimony: Rev. Seonyoung Kim  
Session 1: Rev. Jim Harnish  
Session 2: Rev Jim Harnish  
Session 3: Q&A and Small Group Ministry in the VAUMC  

Shane Claiborne urges participants to focus on relationships at the February 21, 2015 Ministry with the Poor event. 
Read Neill Caldwell’s article about this event: Claiborne tells 5 Talent Academy:’It all starts with relationships’   

Watch video from this event:
Full Playlist  
Worship testimony by Robert Massey     
Glenn Rowley, Ministry with the Poor in the VAUMC   
Shane Claiborne, Session 1   
Shane Claiborne, Session 2     
Q&A with Shane Claiborne    


On October 4, 2014, the 5 Talent Academy offered a teaching event called Evangelism, Communication, and Church Growth featuring Maria Dixon Hall from Southern Methodist University.  
What’s in a Name? Communication Requires Shared Meaning 
The Power of Personal Testimony 

Thank you for your interest in the 5 Talent Academy’s Stewardship event featuring J. Clif Christopher. You may use the links below to view portions of the program from March 8.1. Part 1 of 3    
2. Part 2 of 3  
3. Part 3 of 3


Worship Event with Rev. Dr. Constance Cherry – Oct. 15, 2013  Watch video from the event     Session 1   
     Session 2  
     Session 3    
     Panel Discussion 

Event Focuses on Faith Development – Feb. 23, 2013 Watch Video from the Event  

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