Workshops

Equipping Episcopalians in the 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations, Mary Schaller of Q Place.  Is there any hope of having honest, open spiritual conversations?   If you’ve ever felt uncomfortable talking about your faith with people who believe differently, you’re not alone.  But it is possible to engage – without awkwardness.  Jesus di this effectively, and when you learn from him, so can you.  When you look at the life and ministry of Jesus, you’ll see nine different ways that he engaged with people.  These practices, or “arts,” are skills anyone can learn that will naturally deepen your connects with others.  When spiritual conversations become an everyday reality, you’ll have a front row seat as God changes people’s lives.

Leading Small Groups for Seekers: Establishing a Q Place: Episcopalians need to allow space for seekers, skeptics, those of others faiths, and atheists to ask questions about the Christians faith. Mary will show us how to start and lead an effective small group for seekers. The Q Place approach is built on a foundation of more than fifty years of experience and the premise that people learn best when they discover truth for themselves in a small group setting where spiritual seekers are in the majority.  Learn how to create a safe place for people question, discover and grow in their relationship with God in communities where people can belong before they believe.  You’ll also see how the 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations prepare you for the four stages of starting a Q Place, hear stories of what happens when you get a group together of spiritually curious people, and observe a Q Place in action.


Formation and Evangelism, Episcopal Formation Team with Luisa Van Oss and her parents

Cultivating an Evangelistic Parish, Leslie Stewart and Carrie Headington. Every parish is called to stretch beyond its walls to share the good news of Jesus in our towns, cities, and world. We want to reach out as parishes but often don’t know where to start. This UBER practical workshop will look at the necessary steps and systems needed to cultivate an evangelistic parish and to develop an intentional evangelism plan for your parish. 


Scrappy Church: Doing Evangelism on a shoestring budget, Nancy Frausto

 

 

 

Prayer and Evangelism,  Adam Trambley. Effective evangelism is undergirded by strong prayer. This workshop will look at what it means to pray for evangelism, and then discuss prayer practices that can be used by congregations, small groups and individuals both in the church and in the community. We will also spend a brief time in prayer for people that we hope will be reached by the gospel.


Camp and Conference Centers as Vehicles of Evangelism, Bishop Mark Hollingsworth and leaders of Bellweather Farm  Using as a departure point the development process for Bellwether Farm, the new camp, retreat, and
education center of the Diocese of Ohio, this workshop will explore the potential of such facilities for
evangelism.


Intro to the Beloved Community Story Sharing Campaign, Hershey Mallette Stephens and Young Adult Storyweavers. Join a church-wide campaign that’s training Episcopalians to share and listen for stories of faith, race and difference. Spread it in your church and diocese and – of course! – with neighbors.

 


Episcopal Migration Ministries: A Movement of Welcome and Hope, Join The Rev. Deacon Paula Ott and Amanda Payne, alumnae of Episcopal Migration Ministries’ “Love God, Love Neighbor” training experience, to learn about The Episcopal Church’s ministry of refugee resettlement and welcome. For more than 75 years, The Episcopal Church has been welcoming refugees to the United States. EMM continues this work today, inviting individuals, congregations, and organizations to stand with EMM and our newest neighbors and join the refugee welcoming movement.


I Love to Tell the Story: What’s Your Good News?  Susan Snook. If evangelism is “telling the good news,” what’s the good news for you? It’s not necessarily a list of doctrines (although knowing what you believe is a good thing). At heart, your good news comes out of your story – where you have met Jesus in your life. How do we get in touch with our stories? How do we teach others to get in touch with their stories? This is a practical workshop on evangelism at a personal, friend-to- friend level.


Evangelism and Discipleship, Shawn Walmsley. An offering that will explore the theological and practical interconnectedness between discipleship and evangelism. This workshop will be a guided discussion with participants, examining the relationship between the two and developing ministry vision as an answer to the question, “What happens when every Episcopalian views their vocation / baptismal ministry, primarily, to be the proclamation of the Gospel?” 


Governance as Evangelism, Gay Jennings and Frank Logue. The governance of our church makes the mission of the church happen. Join the President of the House of Deputies, Gay Jennings, and a member of Executive Council, Frank Logue, for an eye-opening look at how the policies of the church, as well as the budget, make a difference in our church and in the world.


Going Gently, Listening Deeply, Changing Regularly, Opening Our Hearts: Developing a Sensitive Model of Parish Outreach, Dale Grandfield. Episcopal parishes are known for their quiet good works. For generations much of that quiet commitment to mission has tended toward benevolence. Much good has been done as a result! But because Episcopalians are so often dedicated to making a difference behind the scenes, it can be easy to do good for on our own terms, instead of building relationships with those around us. How do we shape a new, sensitive model of mission in the parish context? Go gently – don’t rush. Listen deeply – don’t assume we know best or even what the real mission God’s calling us to is. Change regularly – don’t let outreach become “what we’ve always done.” Above all, we must open our hearts to be transformed. That’s what we’ve been learning at St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights over the past year.


Evangelism through Healing and Deliverance, Fred Vergara. If Jesus has an academic degree, it must be PHD, meaning “Preaching, Healing and Deliverance.” Jesus preached the Reign of God, healed the sick and delivered those oppressed by evil spirits. This workshop will help participants understand the role of “signs and wonders” as effective contact points in leading people to Christ. Fr. Fred Vergara who has an extensive experience in evangelism, church planting and revival of “dead churches” will share how to organize a Healing Service and relate it to the evangelism of the “unchurched,” revival and church growth.


The Story of the Funeral Home Church, Andrea McKellar Episcopal Church in South Carolina When the Diocese of South Carolina split in 2012, loyal Episcopalians came together on docks, in BBQ restaurants, and even in a funeral home to be church in unfamiliar settings. Join Andrea McKellar to hear the positive stories of how losing their buildings brought them closer to Jesus. 


The United Thank Offering – Funding your Initiatives through Gratitude – Heather Melton The United Thank Offering was founded over 125 years ago to help individuals deepen or create a spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages its participants to notice the good things happening around them every day and then to stop and acknowledge those good things by giving thanks and placing a small offering in a Blue Box. The offerings are then collected and 100% of what UTO receives is then given away annually to support innovative mission and
ministry in The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. UTO gives away about $1.5 million
in grants through two grant sessions each year.

This workshop is for anyone interested in applying for grant funding from the United Thank
Offering, or learning some best practices for applying for grants from non-profit organizations.
Additionally, we’ll talk a little bit about the importance of gratitude, and how knitting a spiritual
discipline of gratitude into your congregational life can impact giving, conflict resolution and
community engagement. There will be time for workshop participants to ask questions, share
ideas of new things you’d like to try and see if you are eligible for UTO funding.


Mapping Your Context: You Know the Story, Beth Scriven & Samantha Haycock.  You know the story. You know the principles. But what does effective evangelism look like where *you* live, work, and play? Hear from presenters Samantha Haycock and Beth Scriven about how evangelism happens in their two very different campus and young adult ministry landscapes: one at a public university tied to a parish, the other at a standalone campus ministry that serves one Jesuit school and one secular school. Then try your hand at mapping your own unique context for evangelism and plotting your path forward. 


Good News for Refugees and Immigrants, Dr. Samira Izadi Page, Toni-Luc Tayengo (Cross Culture) Paul Thomas. This workshop will help us see the impact of the Church in transforming the lives of refugees and immigrants. It also considers the significance of evangelism and its effectiveness in those contexts. It explores the emotional and spiritual issues that refugees struggle with and how to help them overcome them. This unique model of the evangelism is based on Samira’s own refugee experience. You will also hear about the deep Scriptural foundation of the ministry and the ways in which they call us to bring the Good News to the refugees and immigrants.


Training Priests for Today and Tomorrow: Taking Low Residency Seminary to the Next Level, Percy Grant (canon for ministry, D Ohio) and Charlotte Reed will offer a workshop on our “home-grown” seminarian program. Our cohort program is a combination of onsite internship, online courses, diocesan presentations and onsite at a seminary.


It Ain’t Easy Being Native: Indigenous People, Christianity and the Episcopal Church, Brad Hauff. The historical and current contexts of Indigenous people will be reviewed, particularly as they relate to Christian evangelism and the Doctrine of Discovery. Challenges pertaining to modern Indigenous life in the Episcopal Church will be examined, and historical and social implications regarding evangelism strategies will be discussed.


Play Group on Teaching EvangelismFrank Logue and Anthony Guillen For those who teach evangelism, join peers for a lightly facilitated time of sharing where participants bring concerns from their ministry to discuss with the group.

 


Creating Third Spaces as Evangelistic Hubs Eliacin Rosario-Cruz &  Jonathan Myers  The thought of evangelism, sharing your faith, is often a scary one in the Episcopal church.Inviting someone to church in the checkout line at the grocery store is not usually a goal most of
us have when leaving the house. Going door to door in your community is left for those ‘other’ religious people. The trouble is our churches are shrinking and becoming less and less vital for our communities and church is not the default place where people go when they seek community or meaningful relationship. Usually today those places are pubs, coffee shops, bookstores, dance halls/clubs, art galleries, and community centers. Church properties are typically empty six and a half days a week…so in this workshop let’s ask the question: What would it look like for the church to be a culturally valid ‘third place’? How can creating spaces for
people outside of the liturgy be a space for sharing the good news? And how can showing up in other alternative spaces be part of the spiritual practice of evangelism?


The Episcopal Asset Map: An Asset Based Approach to Evangelism, Tamara Plummer. The Episcopal Asset Map is a grassroots populated website that offers Episcopalians the opportunity to share how they are living out the Jesus Movement in our local communities. In reality, we do not necessarily have to radical changes to our worship, buildings, or programs. Often, we have more gifts than we can imagine. This workshop will show you how to engage worshipping communities in conversations about their assets. Share it in digital space and become evangelists both on and off line.


Evangelism for Shy People, Frank Logue. Our Presiding Bishop describes Episcopalians as God’s shy people. Yet, there is a way of sharing our faith that fits within our Episcopal ethos. This workshop will demonstrate a method of talking about our faith that works even for timid Christians. We will use the time to get in touch with the Good News of Jesus while opening up ways of sharing ultimate concerns in ways that are not judgmental or threatening.


True Connection in a Too Busy World, Molly Carnes You’ve extended a warm welcome.  But what happens next?  How does a newcomer discern if your church is home?  The answer is story, service, and accountability.  This session will share ways to build connection through sharing story, inviting others to serve, and using data to inform your ministry.  This is not about plugging people in or setting targets.  It’s about stepping into the divine arena where Invite Welcome Connect becomes so personal that you can watch the Spirit changing lives.   This workshop provides real-life, concrete ways to meet our innate need for belonging, including the Seekers Forum, a hybrid in-person/online ministry for belonging.


Build a Youth Ministry: Change the World, Leah Romanelli, St Paul’s Youth Minister and kClare McKellaston. kClare and Leah have a strong desire to meet teens exactly where they are through communication and studying youth culture. Come spend some time with them in this highly interactive presentation discussing ways to build a youth ministry from the ground up, shape the church culture, and grow the kingdom by helping youth live into their authentic selves. With Instagram.


Reaching Millennials, Ryan Waller and Ryan Pollock. If current reports are to be believed, Millennials are leaving the Church in droves, and aren’t coming back according to the pattern of their parent’s generation. This workshop will explain the causes for this, while outlining a plan for revangelizing Millennials and doing the work of ministry to (and especially, with) them.


Mission as Mutual Transformation, David Copley and Will Bryant. Our first call in participating in God’s mission is to be reconciled with God and with one another, to love God and one another. Mission that recognizes the Christ in one other can enable us to enter into a mutually transformative and Christ centered relationship. When we truly see the Christ in one another, and enter into mutually transformative relationships, then we will grow in our understanding of God and one another. How might mission in the 21 st Century be lived out if this is our paradigm for mission? How might this model help to heal our increasingly fractious and divided world? 


Revival for Your Parish, Elizabeth Popplewell and the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa Team. The nuts of bolts of doing a Revival at your parish, whatever the size and whatever the budget. 


Can These Bones Live?: Bringing New Life and New People to Church through Song: Dent Davidson, Diocese of Chicago and Chaplain to House of Bishops and author of Gathered for God (Worship volume in the Church’s Teachings for a Changing World).


Breaking through the noise: Storytelling, communications, and marketing, Jason Merritt and Miriam McKenney


Digital Matters: Evangelism in the 21st Century Public Square, Jeremy Tackett and Chris Sikkema. #EpiscopalEvangelism comes out of the belief that “We seek, name and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people – then invite everyone to MORE.” That means living out our faith in new ways as part of our everyday lives, including online. Social media is the 21st century public square and understanding the digital world is key to connecting people to the life of the Jesus Movement. Join us for an overview of the social media landscape, and gain valuable insights into effectively and efficiently managing a digital presence.


Play Group on Formation and EvangelismJoin peers for a lightly facilitated time of sharing where participants bring concerns from their ministry to discuss with the group. Facilitated by Wendy Johnson from the Episcopal Church’s Formation Team


Engaging with Scripture, Scott Gunn and Miriam McKenney

 

 

 

You Are Mine: Building the foundation for evangelism in being rooted as Christ’s Beloved, Steve Rottgers, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of West Missouri. Let me share a story with you about how the three words, “I Am
Yours!” can dramatically change the focus of Your Life’s Story and at
the same time, reprioritize all of your life’s experiences and meaningful
relationships. Aligning your life with God’s purpose first sets
everything else in proper order and enables you to be the Evangelist,
Apostle and Ambassador for God that you were called to “Be”!


Harry Potter and the One Who Lives: Evangelizing the Imagination, Tricia Lyons and Jason Prati. Whether you arrive by Portkey or by Floo Powder, come dive into the wizarding world of Harry Potter to see the Jesus Movement through the glasses of the boy who lived. “Defense Against the Dark Arts” class will be held by Professors Lyons and Prati, which will unveil the Christian symbolism contained in the Harry Potter series and demonstrate the great tool of Christian imagination for evangelization. House robes and wands are encouraged. You may not apparate into the classroom space.


In the Beginning was the Word, Kim Fry and Richelle Thompson.  Kim, director of communications at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, and Richelle, deputy director and managing editor of Forward Movement say that in congregational communication, evangelism can mean a personal invitation, a social media share, even an easy-to-follow service bulletin. This workshop will offer simple ways of building awareness of your congregation and the Episcopal Church in the community and the world. We’ll also offer practical tools for making sure your communications–from the newsletter to church signs to announcements–reflects the gospel and tells the story of Jesus.


Catching Waves: Evangelism and Church Planting among the Chinese Immigrants, Dr. Thomas Ni. A brief description: This presentation will discuss how the ways of Evangelism and Church planting have been changing along with the waves of Chinese immigrants and the development of new technology by the cases of three churches I planted during last twelve years.


Evangelism for Churches in Transition, Victor Conrado and Louisa McKellaston. Congregations in transition due to a change of lay and/or clergy leadership (new vestry members, search for new reactor, vicar) enter a static mode and undervalue this important time, believing that they cannot make any mayor decisions until the fill those positions. We believe that this time of transition is a time to retell these congregation’s story, to listen to each other, to listen to the community around them. We believe this is a time in their history in which Evangelism Matters the most.


And you Shall Make Disciples: Evangelists in the Episcopal Church, Paul Olive-Reese. What is evangelism? What is an evangelist? And what are those things in the context of the Episcopal Church? In conjunction with Forward Movement; The Presiding Bishop’s Office of Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation Care; and Yale University; my research seeks to understand what it is that causes some members of the Episcopal Church to identify as evangelists while others do not. All conference attendees are heartily invited and encouraged to complete a short, an
onymous online survey about their experiences with evangelism in their individual ministries. Survey respondents also have the opportunity share their stories of evangelism in a longer, more detailed confidential interview. Results of the study will be given back to Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church as a report designed to offer insight into how we are doing evangelism now and what directions Episcopal Evangelism might take in the future.

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