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Cumberland Hosts Officer Training for Mountain View Conference Members

Story by Liz Bailey

Forty-eight church officers recently traveled to the Cumberland (Md.) church to attend the first of four officer training events given by the Mountain View Conference (MVC). The event opened with a presentation by Tim Bailey, MVC president, on the topic of church mission action planning.

The program then separated into individual seminars, where officers could go to the class that applied to them. Seminars included training for church elders, treasurers, deacons and deaconesses, Children’s Ministries leaders, Sabbath School teachers, and church clerks. Speakers encouraged members to use their God-given spiritual gifts, as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:27–31, while the speakers attempted to show them better ways to use those gifts.

“I felt that the officer training event was a great opportunity to get together with fellow church leaders and learn from one another,” says Melodi Powell, the clerk at the Wheeling church. “I think it is vitally important that our more experienced leaders take time like this to help guide less experienced leaders so that we all may be the most effective workers for God’s church.”

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