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Event Schedule Summary


Vision for this gathering:

The Vision of United 2020 is to bring Hope, Prophetic Vision and Practical Solutions to the Black Church within this Methodist Expression for its advancement. This gathering, comprised and led by both laity and clergy, will unite the various fabric of our church through spiritual revival, crucial conversations and the development and implementation of a unified strategic agenda for the future of the Black Church within this (current) Methodist Expression.

Our pillars of focus:

The Worth of the Black Church – The value we bring to the Black Church and this Methodist Expression.

The Work of Black Church – The productions and efforts that are currently in place for the Black Church and this Methodist Expression. (Re-introduce our ministries and work)

The Concerns of the Black Church – Acknowledgement of the challenges that we face as a Black Church within this Methodist Expression.

The Strategies of the Black Church – What practical tools can we explore, revisit or create to address these concerns and cause our church to thrive.


Opening Worship and Welcome

2:50-3:50 pm
Session 1 –  Blackish: The State of the Black Church

A moderated panel of church leaders, lay and clergy, from across UMC agencies and of black leaders in the denomination.

Topcis related to this discussion may include, but are not be limited to:

  • What it means to be Black and United Methodist.
  • Who are we?
  • Who have we become?
  • Reclaiming our prophetic voice.
  • Exploring the various perspectives within the Black Church.
  • Property
  • What are the Black Church General and Regional Vital Signs?
  • Is there a need for the black church within a predominately white denomination?

4:00-5:15 pm

Session 2 – Blackish II: Ecumenical Conversation

Hear from leaders in the Black Church from other denominations. Learn from their experiences having dealt with denominational schism in the last 20 years.

Session 2 – An Exercise Centered around GC 2020

A participatory opportunity to help each other discover and clarify our true passions. Looking deeper than our general assumptions and gaining solid footing on our current standings and future ambitions to make the most of our hopes and needs which we will work to addressed throughout and beyond this event.



8:00 – 9:15 am
Session 3 – The Reboot: Familiar Stories “Remerging” in a different way.
(KW & The Sunday service Choir, reboot TV Show/ movies, clothes)

A presentation focused on professional insight for churches that interest us financially, relationally, and generationally.

Topics to be presented may include, but are not limited to:

  • Funding ministries beyond just tithes and offering.
  • Developing collaborative partnerships within our connection for streams of income and/or discount services and goods.
  • The impact of social media and online communities
  • Creation of strategies that bridge the divide behind traditional congregations and the emerging leadership styles of younger pastors.

9:30 am – 10:45 am
Session 4 – Imagining the Future of the Black Church

A moderated panel that expands on our realities and visioning with lay and clergy insight and guidance.

11:00am- 12:15pm: What’s the Plan? Hearing and Reviewing Proposal for GC 2020

School Sessions – Workshops for Groups of Laity, Clergy, and GC2020 Delegates

12:15 pm – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:  School Session 1

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm: School Session 2

3:45 – 6:00 pm: Dinner on your own

7:00 pm
Communion Worship: Ben Hill UMC



8:30 am- 9:45 am
Speech Therapy: Building a Bridge of Understanding and Care between Clergy and Laity.

A presentation about how to have Critical Conversation with your local church.

10:00 am- 11:15 am
School Daze: The State of the Black College/ Seminary Within the United Methodist Church.

11:15 am- 12:00 pm

12 noon- 1:15 pm
United: The Black Church Agenda within the United Methodist Church

  • What is the Black Church going to stand for?
  • What are the Black Church’s deal breaker?
  • Strategies and take away
  • Response to concerns lifted during this gathering.
  • Information that we are taking back to our communities.
  • Next steps

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Closing Worship




Off site engagement designed to support and resource black people. 

Entities and resorces connected with this experience include:

  • Black College Fund
  • Financial Aid/Scholarship and Grants
  • Parent Talk
  • Perspective Student Conversations about the HBCU Experience