New this year: Spiritual Formation Sessions for Laity!

Our Bi-District (Arlington and Alexandria) Clergy have several meetings each year featuring well-known speakers and topics. In 2017/2018, these speakers will each hold an evening session designed specifically for church leaders.

Who: Anyone from an Arlington or Alexandria church who is in leadership or wants to grow spiritually is invited to attend one or all of these Spiritual Formation Sessions.

What: Bishop Lewis has challenged each of us to be a Disciple of Jesus Christ who is a lifelong learner who influences others to serve. These Spiritual Formation Sessions will help you deepen your faith in order to do just that!

When: Spiritual Formation Sessions will take place from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on the following days:

  • September 20, 2017 – Graham Standish  – Becoming a Spiritually Vital Leader (at Dulin UMC)
  • February 21, 2018 – Brian Brown – Anatomy of Peace (at Annandale UMC)
  • April 12, 2018 – Sue Nilson Kibbey – Breakthrough Prayer (at Centreville UMC)

Cost: each session costs $10/person. Registering for all three Laity Spiritual Formation Sessions together will save you $5 ($25/person total).

Sign Up: register for these sessions here: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/spiritual-formation  or by using the register button above.

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Becoming a Spiritually Vital Leader: Graham Standish
September 20, 2017  | Dulin UMC

Graham Standish is the author of the best-selling books Becoming the Blessed Church and Humble Leadership. He has written many books and articles on the connection between a healthy spirituality and congregational vitality and growth. In addition to serving as senior pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, PA for 22 years, he has been an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry and Certificate in Spiritual Formation programs, and at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, focusing in the areas of spirituality and congregational leadership.

Reverend Standish will speak to us about how a humble approach to leadership can actually give us the clarity and strength to tap into God’s presence and plan for our lives and our churches.  He will help us discover how to be radically and creatively open to how God is already working in our churches, and to lead in a way that allows God’s power and grace flow through us, our ministries, and our missions.

Recommended reading prior to these talks include Humble Leadership and Becoming a Blessed Church (2nd edition)  Learn more about Graham Standish.


Anatomy of Peace: Brian Brown
February 21, 2018  | Annandale UMC

Rev. Brian Brown serves at Alexandria’s Woodlawn-Faith UMC. He has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture. He has served at Woodlawn-Faith UMC for more than ten years.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University and his theological education at Howard University and Samuel DeWitt School of Theology, where he received his M.Div. He received his D.Min. from United Theological Seminary with a focus on missional growth empowered by the Holy Spirit. Ordained an elder in the Virginia Conference in 2000, he served there as associate pastor at Belmont United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia and as senior pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Churchill, Virginia, both congregations partnering in a ministry of racial reconciliation.

Reverend Brown will speak to us based upon the book Anatomy of Peace – Resolving the Heart of Conflict, by the Arbinger Institute. This book is on the resource list for the Commission on a Way Forward and is important for any dealing with conflict of any kind. Brian has been trained by the Arbinger Institute in facilitating conversations around Anatomy of Peace.

“What if conflicts at home, conflicts at work, and conflicts in the world stem from the same root cause? What if we systematically misunderstand that cause? And what if , as a result, we systematically perpetuate the very problems we think we are trying solve?”  (from the back of Anatomy of Peace)

Reverend Brown will walk us through a way to transform personal, professional and global conflicts as we seek to find real, lasting peace. He will move us from awareness to the implementation of the practices and disciplines that facilitate a heart at peace. *Reading the book beforehand will be very helpful to those attending.


Breakthrough Prayer: Sue Nilson Kibbey
April 12, 2018 | Centerville UMC

Sue Nilson Kibbey is an ordained United Methodist elder who serves as the Director of the Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI) for the West Ohio Conference, a comprehensive 360-degree training and coaching effort that assists congregations and their pastors to jump-start a new life cycle of fruitfulness. Kibbey served as executive pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio for 10 years, where she teamed with Pastor Mike Slaughter to create and deploy the vision of the church as well as provide oversight of the staff and all discipleship/mission initiatives. Sue is also the creator of the Ministry by Strengths program, which helps leaders connect into individualized areas of ministry service passion, and is an adjunct professor for ministry leadership at United Theological Seminary. She is a speaker, trainer, consultant and coach across the country.

Every church recognizes prayer as important. But what happens when a congregation unites to pray collectively and consistently for God to break through in new and miraculous ways?  You can launch your congregation into the kind of church-wide breakthrough prayer initiative that fuels the atmosphere of possibility, and the entire focus begins to shift from inward to up-and-outward. It’s easier than you think–and the results will make spiritual history right in your own community and beyond.

Breakthrough prayer can be incorporated into what already happens in the daily life of your congregation–and you will receive practical examples and ideas of how other United Methodist congregations across the country have done so with innovation and impact.