Discovery Discernment Retreat Schedule

9am – Registration
9:30am – Introduction, worship, speaker
11am – Breakout  1
12:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Breakout 2
3pm – Breakout 3
4:30pm – Closing Worship
5:30pm – Optional Dinner – with church groups, mentors, etc.

Breakout options include:

  • Ordination as an Elder – Rev. Virginia O. (Ginger) Bassford, PhD, District Superintendent of the North District
  • Ordination as a Deacon – Rev. Abby Parker, GBOD and Servant Church, Austin
  • Apologetics or defending your faith – Julian Hobdy, CTC Service Center and Grace UMC, Arlington
  • Understanding the ordination process – how to start? – Kristin Warthen, Saginaw UMC and East District Office
  • Seminary – furthering theological education without a plan or call for ordination – Leanne Johnston, CTC Service Center
  • Exploring your Spiritual Gifts – Brad Alexander, FUMC Cleburne, Texas
  • Youth Ministry as a Career – Rod Hocott, FUMC, Conway, Arkansas
  • Children’s Ministry as a Career, Rev. Holly Dittrich, FUMC Hurst
  • Campus Ministry – Rev. Joseph Nader, UTA Wesley Foundation
  • Morning breakout session from Bishop Mike Lowry