School of Congregational Development

WhenThursday, August 16, 2012
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Registration for SCD 2012 in St. Louis is now live. The event will be on Thursday, August 16 to Sunday, August 19th. This year's school offers a streamlined schedule which will give participants great opportunities to be resourced for church vitality. This year's hotel, the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet, is a wonderful location with multiple restaurants located in easy walking distance.

Registration includes free parking, free internet, a complimentary shuttle from the airport, continental breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, plus a Celebration Dinner on Saturday Evening. Early Bird Registration is $375 by April 15th. From April 16th to July 16th the Regular fee is $425 and it goes to $475 after July 16th.

Participants are responsible for their own lodging which is $129.00 a night and for their lunch and dinners. If you are worshiping in a Teaching Church on Sunday morning, a bus pass of $15.00 is available if you need transportation.

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Please go to for a full listing of the program which includes 10 Seminars, 16 Ministry Tracks and 12 Workshops. Visit School of Congregational Development at:

School of Congregational Development Racial Ethnic Scholarships

Again this year, as in the past, Global Ministries is providing scholarships for racial ethnic lay and clergy to attend the School of Congregational Development. This message is to request your help to share the scholarship information across the conference for the August 2012, School of Congregational Development.

Fifteen scholarships will be awarded to African American/Africana's lay and clergy persons, as well as several scholarships for Korean, Hispanic, Native American, Asian Language and Pacific Islanders. This opportunity has also been extended to Bishop Palmer and Mike Crawford in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

African American scholarships in the amount of $300 will be given to persons/teams, living in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, who can attend the three day School and not need housing.

African American scholarships in the amount of $500 will be given to persons living outside the Metro area, i.e. Springfield, Joplin, Columbia, Kansas City, etc., who will need housing.

The link to apply is as follows: It is linked directly to Rev. Nora Colmenares Martinez, Assistant General Secretary, Global Ministries.

The deadline for applications is April 20, 2012.