The Black Staff Association of the United Methodist Church is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to serving the needs of black staff serving The United Methodist Church in staff positions with UMC boards, agencies, conferences, jurisdictions, and districts. BSA will work collaboratively with all segments of The United Methodist Church in order to strengthen relationships that help to equip staff to more effectively network, empower and engage missional in our communities as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our global world.



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2017-2018 BSA Officers

Rori Blakeney
Discipleship Ministries – Young People Ministries

Vice President
Royya James
United Methodist Communications

Maurita Bowie
General Commission on Religion and Race

Nominating/Program Committee Chair
John W. Coleman Jr.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Communications Chair
Sharon Dean
General Council on Finance and Administration

Harris K. Tay
West Ohio Conference


The School of Congregational Development invites you Into the Deep!


And what it is - Online Teaching Event

Saturday Satellite Event 2016: (ETZ)

August 20, 2016 – LIVE at 10:00 AM Eastern; 9:00 AM Central; 8:00 AM Mountain; Alternate Schedule for Pacific and Arizona at 9:00 AM
10:00 AM Opening Prayer & Introductions
10:10 AM Speaker#1 (inclusive of interactive participation with sites)
11:40 PM Lunch
12:10 PM Speaker# 2 (inclusive of interactive participation with sites)
1:40 PM Break
1:50 PM Plenary—one selected from the Indianapolis, IN onsite event
2:50 PM Break
3:00 PM Question & Answer + Closing Words

(Alternate Schedule for Pacific Time Zone and Arizona plus Montana (10 AM start))

9:00 AM – Welcome
9:10 AM – Speaker #2
10:40 AM – Break
10:50 AM – Plenary
11:50 AM – Break
12:00 AM – Question & Answer
12:30 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Speaker #1
2:30 PM – Closing Words

You Can Register As An Individual This Year! Click

​Meet one of our presenters: Dr. Cynthia A. Wilson​
​Dr. Cynthia A. Wilson Director of The Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

​The Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience is a one-of-a-kind North American institute that will provide training in the sacred music of the Black church and beyond to musicians and worship leaders for the enrichment of congregational worship in diverse contexts.

At the core of this project is a deep commitment to the task of rediscovering, energizing, enhancing and undergirding ministries of liturgical leaders (i.e. musicians, pastors, composers, instrumentalists, liturgical movement and audio/video technicians) who are devoted to incarnational, liberating, celebrative worship that reflects the ethos and pathos of the Black Church.

Last updated by Rori Blakeney Aug 9, 2016.

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