November 13-15, 2017
Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel
Pensacola Beach, Florida

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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 closed.

The registration fee includes:

  • Breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Opening rception and refreshment breaks
  • Event materials

revitup! begins on Monday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. with inspiring worship and an opening plenary session.

revitup! concludes on Wednesday, November 15 at 2:30 p.m. after two action-packed days of learning, networking and fellowship.

This event features six core classes that everyone attends, and five classes from which you will choose three 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.


Scholarships Available!

The UMC Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders is offering a limited number of scholarships for first-time attendees of revitup! These scholarships are provided through a Lilly Endowment grant which seeks to strengthen personal and congregational financial stewardship leadership. The opportunity includes complimentary registration and two nights at the host hotel if the recipient agrees to the following requirements:

  • Participate in an online survey, and
  • Complete the EY (Ernst Young) financial assessment survey prior to attending the event in November.

These two steps will also confirm your eligibility for other support and/or incentives after the conclusion of this event.

If you are interested in receiving a scholarship to attend revitup! and agree to the requirements, utilize the code provided during the registration process. For questions, contact Renee Smith-Edmondson, Manager of Meetings and Events at or Bonnie Marden, UMC Lilly Endowment Grant Project Manager at

Opening Worship

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Ingrid McIntyre is the Executive Director and co-founder of Open Table Nashville, an interfaith homeless outreach community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized, and provides education about issues of homelessness. She is UMC clergy serving the streets of Nashville, TN and serves on the board of the Nashville Coalition for Homelessness, The Nashville Contiuum of Care, Nashville Transit Now, and JustPeace: Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation in Washington, D.C.

Ingrid is dedicated to justice for the marginalized and love for all. She holds a Masters of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. and was the Director of Connectional Relations at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for the United Methodist Church and a youth minister at Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, TN.

If not painting, gardening, or militantly composting, she’s probably traveling, reading, working crossword puzzles, or kayaking at her parent’s farm.


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

The host hotel is the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel, Pensacola Beach, Florida. Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) has negotiated special room rates:

  • $115.00 plus tax per night (non-Gulf view)
  • $135.00 plus tax per night (Gulf view)

Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel
12 Via De Luna Drive
Pensacola Beach, Florida 32561
Phone: 1-850-916-2999

Note: Attendees are responsible for making and paying for their hotel accommodations. Be sure to mention our group code of “REV” to obtain the negotiated rates of $115.00 and/or $135.00 a night. (Special room rates will be offered until Wednesday, October 11 based on availability.)

Day Care Information

New this year: onsite childcare will be provided so you can get away to learn and be inspired and your child(ren) will have a great time, too. Childcare will be provided by a licensed, fully-insured, background-checked, uniformed and CPR & First Aid certified team. Hours of service will be during the day while classes are in session. Age-appropriate activities, games, toys and snacks will be provided. Childcare will not be provided in the evening or during meals. The cost for childcare at revitup! this year is complimentary.

If you wish to bring your family along to revitup!, register your child(ren) to attend the Caring for Kids program during the registration process.

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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—within walking distance to many area restaurants


Revving Toward the Future: Clergy Benefits Review
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: Bob Christophel, Benefits Educator, Wespath Benefits and Investments

Surviving 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

Stewardship, the Other 90%
Stewardship, the other 90% is not about innovative ways to raise money for your church. This presentation will look at the full meaning of the work stewardship and how God wants you to manage the money and resources He has entrusted into your care. God does not want you to be stressed because of your finances, this program will give you practical tools to manage your finances and make you think about what is in your heart that causes you to stray from God’s lessons about money.
Instructor: Chris Bouchard, Director for the Missouri United Methodist Foundation’s (MUMF) Clergy and Church Financial Ministry (C2FM)

Understanding and Overseeing Church Finances
Do you know the difference between a balanced budget and positive cash flow? Participants will learn about the composition and charge of the Finance Committee. This session will offer practical insights on how pastors can effectively oversee church finances. Participants will learn how to read and understand church budgets and financial reports. Participants will explore the differences between a Zero Based Budget, Line Item Budget, Program Budget and Narrative Budget? Participants will learn the best practices for statements of giving, EFT, E-Giving, stock gifts and offering envelopes. Participants should bring a copy of his or her church budget to enhance his or her experiential learning.
Instructor: The Reverend Cary James, Sharp Street Memorial Church, Baltimore, Maryland

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.

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: The Reverend Dr. Craig Gilliam, Louisiana Conference

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: Bob Fairbrook, Wise Planning, Inc. and EY Financial Educator

Strengths-Based Leadership for Pastors
This class will explore The Gallup Organization’s research on strengths-based theory and leadership, and the implications for leading your congregation from a strengths-based approach. You will become acquainted with the Clifton StrengthsFinder online assessment tool and how it can inform your leadership as a pastor. Developing our unique God-given strengths and talents is critical for a lifetime of leading well in ordained ministry.
Instructor: The Reverend Dr. Mary Henley, Helena United Methodist Church, Helena, Alabama

Establishing Cultures of Generosity
This seminar could transform the way you and your congregation approach giving and generosity. Most people believe that fundraising is about money. In fact, fundraising is primarily about relationships, discipleship, and establishing a culture of generosity. This interactive seminar will explore sacred theological texts, your own experiences giving and receiving, the latest empirical findings about charitable practices, and practical tools that will help you create culture change in your ministry setting.
Instructor: Rev. Thad Austin, Graduate Assistant, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, The Indiana University, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

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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View the 2017 revitup! schedule (subject to change)

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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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