How to Reach New People

AC 2016 Day of Learning - "How to Reach New People" - led by Jim Griffith

How will you infuse your church and the community that surrounds it?

Jim GriffithOn Saturday of Annual Conference, those attending will participate in a session led by Jim Griffith, founder of Griffith Coaching. He began his ministry by starting new churches for the purpose of reaching new people, including five new churches in Florida, North Carolina, and Denver. Since then, he and his network of associates have assessed over nineteen hundred church planting candidates, trained thousands of planters, and coached hundreds of new churches. Leveraging that experience, Griffith Coaching focuses on training and coaching churches of all ages in their efforts to reach the mission field around them. Jim lives in Orlando, Florida and is married to Kim Griffith, a United Methodist Minister.

Later this year, Annual Conference attendees and teams from their churches are invited to attend a series of three workshops to be held throughout the districts of the Desert Southwest Conference. A team is comprised of a pastor and at least one lay person (more are welcome) from a given church. The workshop times will be the same for all locations, Friday 5:30-9:00 pm and Saturday 8:30 am-4:00 pm. Locations and online registration links are below. Click here for the event flyer (which can also be used for registration, via mail). There is no cost to workshop participants.

September 16-17, 2016
St. Paul's UMC, 8051 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ
Host Pastor: Tony Dawson
Childcare will be provided by the South District at St. Paul’s UMC for this event only. Contact Sally at to let her know how many children will be needing child care and their ages. A sack lunch will need to be provided on Saturday, Sept, 17, 2016.

October 14-15, 2016
CrossRoads UMC, 7901 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
Host Pastor: Javier Olivares

October 28-29
Prescott Valley UMC, 8944 E Sommer Dr, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Host Pastor: Wendy Swanson