The Texas Bible Chair Foundation is dedicated to providing excellent opportunities for education in the Christian Faith, and the Clergy Leadership Institute is designed to give insightful continuing education to clergy, both ordained and commissioned. Our workshops are open to all.
We will begin by offering two workshops led by Rev. David Owen:
Introduction to Mission of the Church in the World: A brief survey on Mission, including a theological and biblical foundation for our calling as the Church of Jesus Christ.
Mission Resources in the Christian Church: A guide to available resources within our denomination, including information on a variety of mission opportunities and contact points.
Then after lunch, we will hear from two different agencies within the Bluebonnet Area which do Mission: The Inman Center and Interfaith Austin.
And then we will end with a discussion of Mission in our local churches as participants will be invited to share what their congregations are doing.
In preparation for the event, Rev. David Owen would like all participants to read Restoring Dignity Nourishing Hope, Developing Mutuality in Mission by Jonathan Barnes and Peter E. Makari, eds, which can be found at UCC Resources. Click here to purchase it at UCC Resources.
9:00 am - 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am - 9:45 am Welcome and Worship
10:00 am - 11:00 am Introduction to Mission of the Church in the World
11:10 pm - 12:00 pm Mission Resources in the Christian Church
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm LUNCH (Provided with Registration)
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm The Inman Center and Interfaith Austin
2:10 pm - 3:00 pm A Discussion of Mission in our Local Churches
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Closing Worship with Communion
About our Instructor: David Owen has served as the Associate for Resource Development with Global Ministries, a partner of Week of Compassion and a common witness of the Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Wider Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ since 2007. David and his wife, Roxi, lived in Africa through Global Ministries for over 15 years, working with local partners to support sustainable development projects. In his new role with Week of Compassion, David will help Week of Compassion to connect its mission and impact with local Disciples congregations across North America. David and Roxi have four children, one grandson, and live in Austin, Texas.