Young Harris Memorial UMC officially will kick off a Lay Revitalization Program workshop on Aug. 5, when  guest speaker Mathew Pinson will deliver the message.
Pinson, who works for the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, is a passionate speaker and will help the congregation prepare to use our own talents to brainstorm ways to make a stronger church and reach out to the community in Athens.
Then, the workshop will be held the evening of Aug. 17 (7-8:30) and throughout the day Aug. 18 (9 a.m.-2:30 p.m). This program brings together a handful of lay leaders from across the conference to help congregations target specific areas where they would like to grow.
For us, we will explore Spiritual Growth on Friday, then Finance, Evangelism and Image on Saturday, choosing some specific goals and setting action plans to get there.
The workshop is for everyone – whether you have been a member for decades or just come when your work schedule allows. We need ideas from every corner of the congregation. Please come out.

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