Lay Member Workshops

Lay Member Workshops

Monday, June 5
8-10 am

These four learning sessions are available for lay members of annual conference during Clergy Session.  Seating is limited. Online registration closed June 1. (Seating may be available based on room capacity and pre-registration; walk-ins will only be accommodated if seating is available.) 

Best Practices in Transformative Missional Engagement for the 21st Century

Retooling for mission in the 21st Century is critical to successfully navigate a changing landscape both locally and globally. Explore best practices in engaging with the margins, re-imagine mission and evangelism as Missio Dei, and learn empowerment techniques based a mutuality model. Move from “mission to the margins” to “mission from the margins.” The paradigm shifting 50/50 partnership will equip your church to grow from short-term, needs-based charity to long-term, asset-based development. Transform your outreach ministries into disciple-making movements with long lasting impact. (Seating Capacity is 80.) As of Friday, June 2 there are 33 openings.

Presenter: Rev. Patrick Friday, Center for Mission Innovation at Global Ministries of the UMC, Atlanta, Georgia

Location: Fern Room, Hotel Lakeside

Seating Capacity: 80

Go with the Flow

As worship planners and designers, it is important for us to think through worship flow - how each element of worship connects to each other. Explore skills and tools that are helpful in connecting the service elements from Prelude to Benediction. (Seating Capacity is 150.) As of Friday, June 2 there are 88 openings.

Presenter: Chuck Bell, Chuck Bell Music, Dahlonega, Georgia

Location: Wesley Lodge North 

Embracing the Future with Impact and Excellence 

Explore the characteristics of true Biblical leaders and how you can have an impact on the people around you. Learn that having an impact means getting results. Spreading your passion and spiritually growing your co-workers, teammates, and customers as well requires excellence in all that you do and overcoming the barriers that get in the way of effective and productive lay ministry. This workshop is especially important for all those who are interested in having a strong and working partnership with the clergy. (Seating Capacity is 60.) This workshop is full. No walk-ins will be permitted

Presenter: Mary Shumard, West Ohio Conference Co Lay Leader; Hartzell United Methodist Church, Blue Ash

Location: Chautauqua Hall, Fountain Inn

Reentry COPE: Experiencing the Effects of Incarceration with Families in the Community

The Reentry Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) Simulation places participants in the challenges families face during a loved ones return from prison. Participation in the Reentry COPE simulation acts as a catalyst to increase urgency and engagement around ministries aimed at reducing incarceration and recidivism throughout Ohio. Reentry COPE is a “must do” experience for lay leaders, mission teams, Freedom School coordinators, prison/jail ministers, and social justice advocates who want to make a greater impact in the lives they touch. (Seating Capacity is 50 and registered laity should be seated by 7:50 am.)  As of Friday, June 2 there are 7 openings.

Robb Tarr, Coach and Evaluator, Think Tank, Springfield
Wendy Tarr, Community Organizer, St. Vincent De Paul Columbus Diocese, Columbus
Andrea Harper, COPE Facilitator, Think Tank. Springfield

Location: Wesley South

Seating Capacity: 50

Workshop Leaders

Patrick Friday is an accomplished speaker and trainer serving as Wisdom Sharing Lead for the new Center for Mission Innovation at Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Friday has over twenty-five years of experience in pastoral leadership, missionary service, church planting and partnership development. He is passionate about lay mobilization, Wesleyan class meetings and bi-vocational ministry. Patrick equips conferences, districts, churches and individuals around the world with sustainable development and mobilization strategies based on the 50/50 framework for missional engagement. Prior to responding to the call to ministry, he was a public policy consultant and writer/producer for CNN International. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology and is an ordained elder of the North Alabama Conference.


Chuck Bell has served in United Methodist churches full time as a music director and worship designer since 1996, and served in worship ministries in other denominations since 1988. Currently serving as an independent consultant, he is nationally known as a clinician, arranger and musician. He has partnered with churches from the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, as well as in other states, assisting worship and arts ministries with planning, organizing and the redesigning of traditional and contemporary services and the exploration of new opportunities in a wide variety of denominational and nondenominational churches. You can find his musical arrangements, original music and consulting information at or at chuck [at]


Mary Shumard is a West Ohio Conference Certified Lay Minister (CLM) currently serving as Supply Pastor at Hartzell United Methodist Church, Blue Ash located in the Ohio River Valley District. Mary also serves as one of the West Ohio Conference Lay Leaders. Professionally, she is retired after almost thirty years as a mental health professional, life coach, and addictions counselor. Mary has led numerous workshops and seminars on team building, leadership development, and conflict management in both secular and church venues. 


Robb Tarr is a content developer, evaluator, and coach for the ACTS process with Think Tank, Inc. He has also served as a pastor for almost 10 years in California and the West Ohio Conference. Robb’s ministry has specialized in working with churches in seasons of transition as they follow a call to reinvigorate how they live as God’s people. Robb has worked in areas of missions and outreach, poverty alleviation, multicultural and intergenerational ministry, media and arts equipping, and more. Robb graduated with an M. Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and a B.A. with a double major Film Production and Media & Cultural Theory from Florida State University. 


Wendy Tarr has 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector in the area of community organizing and public policy advocacy, and is currently Program Director and Community Organizer for the Vincentian Ohio Action Network (OAN). She specializes in working with faith communities at the intersection of faith and justice and the intersection between our faith motivations and public life. Wendy focuses on empowering people across the various lines that usually divide us. With Vincentian OAN she does training of grassroots leadership and alliance building across faith, social services and grassroots communities to bring about systemic change driven by the voices of those marginalized in society. Her key issues of focus are mass incarceration, mental health and addiction recovery, and social safety net services.


Andrea Harper is a Cost of Poverty Experience facilitator and speaker for Think Tank, Inc., by way of the Corporation of National & Community Service (CNCS). The national award-nominated mathematics educator from Springfield, Ohio is a product of Wittenberg University and Wilberforce University. Harper is a licensed chemical dependency (LCDC II) counselor currently earning her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at Wright State University, after having spent a decade in service to Springfield City Schools. Having now focused her efforts on returning citizens, Harper speaks to community issues that pertain to rehabilitation, specifically reentry from incarceration, alcohol and drug addiction, and stigmas associated with poverty, addiction, and mental health. In addition to her public speaking through Think Tank, she is the showrunner for online learning community, The Exchange, a network that aims to reduce the isolation of national organizations that fight poverty in their own communities.