November 7-9, 2016
B Resort & Spa
Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida

Brighten your Future.

Gain information and inspiration.

Put yourself at the top of your list!

Plan to attend revitup!...For a Lifetime of Ministry!


  • Strengthen personal, financial and leadership skills that can improve your life and sustain your ministry
  • Network with other young clergy from across the denomination
  • Participate in one-on-one consultations with class instructors/field experts (benefits consultants, pastoral counselors, financial planners, tax consultants, wills and estate planning experts, and more!)
  • Go home with new ideas, resources and knowledge
  • And…Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Event and Registration Information

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Registration is open.

Early-Bird Registration Fee: $119.00 ($229.00 with spouse)
(Register early—by Friday, October 14)

Registration Fee: $149.00 ($259.00 with spouse)
(After Friday, October 14)

The registration fee includes:

  • Breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Refreshment breaks
  • Event materials

revitup! begins on Monday, November 7 at 1:00 p.m. with inspiring worship and an opening plenary session.

revitup! concludes on Wednesday, November 9 at 2:30 p.m. after two action-packed days of learning, networking and fellowship.

This event features five core classes that everyone attends, and ten classes from which you will choose four to attend. From United Methodist benefits to how to go about finding money for ministry initiatives—you will go home with new insight, direction and lots of information to help balance life and ministry.

Opening Worship with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Weems

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Join us for an energizing opening worship from Rev. Dr. Cynthia Weems.

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Weems is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Religion and minored in History. She received a Masters of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School where she was a Yale Fellow and Student Body President. Later she graduated with honors from Saint Paul School of Theology with a Doctor of Ministry degree. Cynthia has served congregations in Connecticut, Kansas and Florida as well as spending two years as a volunteer missionary in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She is passionate about living the Christian faith through mission and service and is a colorful storyteller and dynamic preacher.

Inspiring Music

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Enjoy musical direction from Chuck Bell.

An avid musician since the age of five when he began studying piano, Chuck holds a degree in Commercial Music from Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri) and has played hundreds of events throughout his 35-year career. While working summer stock, he came to realize how important music is when transitioning from one scene to the next. Knowledge he put to work with The United Methodist Church in 1996, planning and producing traditional and contemporary corporate worship experiences. After serving 18 years with the Church, Chuck is now a full-time worship consultant assisting churches with their Music and Arts Ministry as well as visioning for all worship styles.

Hotel and Travel Information

Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) has negotiated a special room rate of $115.00 plus tax per night at the host hotel:

B Resort & Spa
1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Phone: 1-407-828-2828

Note: Attendees are responsible for making and paying for their hotel accommodations. Be sure to mention revitup! to obtain the $115 room rate. (Special room rate will be offered until Friday, October 21 based on availability.)

Day Care Information

Wespath will provide a 50% discount on an additional hotel room for a child care provider (grandparent, friend, nanny, etc.). Call Anne Green, Meeting and Event Planner, at 1-800-269-2244, ext. 4560 for more details.

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Class Descriptions

revitup! classes were created based on input from focus groups with your young clergy peers.

Core Classes

For these sessions, you will be assigned to a track so you will attend each core class:

Choice (Elective) Classes

Then, choose four classes from the following:

Special Opportunities

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Participate in one-on-one sessions:

Non-stop Networking

  • Meet attendees at Monday night’s opening reception
  • Join new and old friends for dinner on Tuesday evening—complimentary shuttle to area restaurants
  • Hang out in “The Bowl”—revitup!’s rec room—open throughout the event


Read biographies for the course instructors.

You've Got Benefits!
As a clergy person in The United Methodist Church, you’ve got benefits! Pension, death, disability, and a wonderful savings and investment plan. This class will touch on the benefits available if and when you need them the most. As you work toward fulfilling the mission of our church, you can work hard with fewer worries knowing you are cared for while you serve.
Instructor: Peter Hang, Benefits Educator, Wespath Benefits and Investments

Survival Guide to Clergy Taxes
The complexity of the Internal Revenue Code is a well-known fact. While large businesses have a staff of accountants and lawyers to help them with complex tax issues—you do not, even though the taxes imposed on clergy can be nearly as complex. Many clergy just aren't prepared for tax filing and the payment season, and feel just how cruel April can be. We begin to clarify some of the confusion you may be experiencing and answer questions like "Who's my employer?" "Do I really have to pay taxes on my parsonage?" "Why isn't my church withholding enough Federal Income tax?" and "What in the devil is the Self-Employment Tax and why is it costing me so much money?" We’ll also go over Clergy Housing Allowance rules. You’ll learn some things that may help prevent an audit and some things that may allow you to save money that the IRS would otherwise get. You will definitely learn enough to talk to a tax professional, and begin preparing yourself and your family for the filing of your tax returns and the payment of the taxes you will owe.
Instructor: The Reverend Nate Berneking, Director of Finance & Administrative Ministry for the Missouri Annual Conference

When There’s a Will, There’s a Way
Life throws us many curves—some expected and some unexpected. What can you expect if something happens? Do you have a durable power of attorney or an advanced directive? Do you know where your important documents are located? Have you considered estate planning and your long-term financial legacy? Are you familiar with trusts and estate tax laws? This class is essential as you consider ways to care and provide for your family’s future.
Instructor: The Reverend David Bell, President and Executive Director, United Methodist Foundation of Michigan and a Senior Design Partner, Design Group International

Living Your Financial Life Like It's Golden
Carefully attending to personal financial matters, such as budgeting and saving, gives credibility to a minister's earnest desire to follow God's instruction. This session will offer practical spending and savings tips that support an enriching relationship with God.
Instructor: Lazetta Rainey Braxton, Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner, founder and CEO of Financial Fountains

Rediscovering Your Call and Discovering Theirs
You’ve listened to what God is saying about your purpose. You’ve discerned how this conversation with God may influence your future prospects of fortune and fame. You’ve responded to God’s calling you into ordained ministry, understanding the chances of ever winning an Oscar or a National League MVP have just decreased slightly. Now what? How do we continue to listen, discern, and respond to what God is continuing to say to us? Can you be called out of ordained ministry? Can you be called sideways into another ministry? How do we help others listen to what God may be saying to them as we struggle to keep our ears open to what God is saying to us?
Instructor: The Reverend Trip Lowery, Director of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

Direct Donor Dollars—“The Big Ask”
The difference between a great idea and a great idea that gets approved is a couple of strong donors. Raising money for special projects gains a lot of momentum after successful one-on-one conversations with possible donors. This workshop will offer practical, successful steps on how to prepare for and then successfully raise support through direct-donor giving. We'll also spend time talking about ways to identify new groups of donors that most pastors overlook.
Instructor: The Reverend Mike Baughman, Community Curator for Union, a new kind of non-profit coffee shop in Dallas, Texas; North Texas Conference

Conflict Transformation: A Skill and an Art
Participants will engage reality-based conflict scenarios and discover multiple ways to address, include, and affirm those involved in disputes and heated conversations. Participants will also develop a clear understanding of the pastor's role as facilitator, mediator, coach, and lightning rod in the midst of conflict.
Instructor: Craig Gilliam

Transforming Communities—One Story at a Time
Learn to craft a powerful story that compels others to follow your vision. When you look at the world, what breaks your heart? Based in community-organizing practices adapted for churches, this training equips you with skills to tell a story connecting your heartbreak with your call to action, and inspires others to join you in working toward God’s dream for the world – in your congregation and community.
Instructor: Rev. Becky David-Hensley, North Texas Conference Center for Leadership Development

Dissolve That Debt
As a clergy person in their first 10-15 years in ministry, salaries may not be very high and yet seminary and personal debt may be even higher. This class will help you evaluate your spending plan, deal with shortfalls and debt, create a spending plan and take practical steps to manage your cash.
Instructor: EY Representative

Investment Funds at Work: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing
This investing class will wow you with a double bottom line—reaping investment returns while making a positive impact with your investment dollars. No terminology or math skills required for this session, just learn how your money makes positive social and environmental impacts while earning risk adjusted returns! In alignment with United Methodist Church vaues, Wespath seeks to positively change the world through engagement in global economic, social and environmental concerns. Come hear the stories. You may be surprised and impressed to learn how Wespath achieves great results.
Instructor: Trent Sparrow, Wespath Investment Management

Flipping Church: How Successful Church Planters are Turning Conventional Wisdom Upside-Down
A spirit of innovation is sweeping across the denomination. Cutting edge church planters are flipping traditional church wisdom by embracing Wesleyan theology and practice in order to best meet the needs of their neighborhood. These pioneers are learning lessons that can benefit us all. This is an opportunity to hear their stories, dream out loud and find a permissionary witness to explore new means of ministry in our own context.
Instructor: Rev. Mike Baughman

Budget All You Can: Finances and the Church
John Wesley was familiar with money, demonstrated by his maxim “make all you can, save all you can, give all you can” to the ordination question on debt. This session will provide a high-level overview of money and the local church using its most effective tool, the budget. Learn how to analyze, to build, and most importantly, to think theologically about church budgets.
Instructor: The Reverend Raymond Bonwell, Education Specialist, The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Two Part Invention: A Model for Successful Ministry as an Associate Pastor
People assume that Senior Pastors call the shots and those in supporting or associate roles are along for the ride. By managing everything from egos to staff and competing interests within the church, an associate pastor has the opportunity to nurture healthy systems and transform church culture. Explore practical tools and strategies for those who manage, mentor, minister and lead as associate pastors.
Instructor: Rev. Rachel Baughman

Chill and Refill: Creating Life Balance and Avoiding Compassion Fatigue
You will learn about the impact of unmanaged stress and boundaries that upset work/life balance and contribute to poor self-care, compassion fatigue and burnout. You will learn how to create healthy boundaries between work and home, as well as tools and strategies to avoid and/or recover from compassion fatigue.
Instructor: Jane Pernotto Ehrman, M. Ed.

Special Opportunities

Financial/Benefits Consulting
Schedule a private session with a benefits consultant to review your retirement account balance and other benefits, discuss your financial dreams, goals and concerns—and see if you are on the right track.

Spiritual Guide/Pastoral Counselor
Schedule a session with a Spiritual Guide/Pastoral Counselor to lend a listening ear and help you work through any personal or church issues/concerns. This private session is your opportunity to gain an outside perspective on situations you may face.

Class Session/Topical Consults
Special opportunities will be available to dig deeper on particular revitup! session subjects in a one-on-one setting.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Earn CEUs for attending revitup! Attend 10 classes and get a certificate for 1.25 CEUs. Attend 8 classes and receive a certificate for 1.0 CEUs. Certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the event.

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Schedule subject to change

Monday, November 7
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Registration
1:00–2:45 p.m. Welcome
Opening Keynote Address: TBD
2:45–3:05 p.m. Break
3:05–4:20 p.m. Core Classes: Track Classes
4:20–4:40 p.m. Break
4:40–5:55 p.m. Core Classes Continue
6:00 p.m. Break for the Day
6:00-8:00 p.m. Opening Reception (Beverages and Light Snacks)
Evening Optional Consultation Opportunities


Tuesday, November 8
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–9:15 a.m. Worship
9:15–9:30 a.m. Break
9:30–10:45 a.m. Choice Classes (A)
10:45–11:05 a.m. Break
11:05 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Choice Classes (A) repeat
12:20–2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00–3:15 p.m. Choice Classes (B)
3:15–3:35 p.m. Break
3:35–4:50 p.m. Choice Classes (B) repeat
5:00 p.m. Break for the Day - Free Evening - Dinner on your own
Evening Optional Consultation Opportunities


Wednesday, November 9
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–9:15 a.m. Worship
9:15-9:30 a.m. Break
9:30-10:45 a.m. Core Classes: Track Classes
10:45-11:05 a.m. Break
11:05 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Core Classes: Track Classes
12:20-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:45 p.m. Core Classes: Track Classes
2:45 p.m. Event Ends

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For questions about registration, travel, hotel accommodations or the day care opportunity, contact: Anne Green at 1-800-269-2244, ext. 4560.

For questions about the class schedule, contact: Renee Smith-Edmondson at 1-800-269-2244, ext. 4273 or Dale Jones at 1-800-269-2244, ext 2715.


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