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This day of hands on workshops for clergy, parish staff, and lay leaders focus on the best practices to invigorate your congregation.
This year's offerings cover a broad range of topics including evangelism, discipleship, outreach and Christian identity, parish administration, non-profit communications and grant writing. A special workshop on the Alpha discipleship and spiritual renewal program will give your parish the materials it needs to begin its own course in time for the Lenten season.
Registration costs $25 per person to cover expenses. Groups of 8 or more receive a discount to $15 per peson by emailing Mitchell Sams.
Each attendee should purchase a ticket to the workshop of their choice. Each of these will meet throughout the day, so please refrain from purchasing multiple tickets per person.
Preparing to Deliver an Alpha Discipleship Course
Planning to deliver Alpha as your Lenten program for discipleship or a spring program for spiritual renewal? Come join AlphaUSA as they teach us how to create simple marketing materials, and arrange registration and as they help train your small-group leaders on how to manage the program most effectively.
Instructors: Hannah Gibney and Joey Rick
Writing Grant Requests
Raising money from foundations can be intimidating and overwhelming. Join us for a session that deconstructs the grant writing process and learn how to tell the stories that will encourage folks to invest in your ministry.
Instructors: Whitney Brimfield and Elizabeth Gardner
The Church's Role in Forming Disciples
Explore why discipleship is important, what it is, and how can we as the church walk alongside others in forming a deeper relationship with Jesus. We will explore training and equipping volunteer leaders, designing online formation tools, strengthening cross generational liturgy, and shaping programmatic calendars.
Instructor: Iman Green Syler
Marketing through Technology and Social Media
Review the basics of effective communication strategy and 21st Century marketing through social media presence, online newsletters, compelling websites, etc. Use this time to develop from scratch or to optimize what you already have.
Instructors: Peter Turner and Mitchell Sams
Taking Care of Business: The Ministry of Administration
Join Diocesan leaders in an exploration of the “How To’s” of caring for parish personnel, property and finances. We’ll cover recent tax and law updates, employment and endowment handbooks, changes out of the 2015 General Convention, and other resources on best practices.
Instructors: Kathleen Hall, Paul Cooney, Paul Barkett
Multicultural/Racial Social Justice Reconciliation
This workshop will provide an overview of the history, context and current challenges of race and social justice issues in the United States and in the Episcopal Church. Participants will have an opportunity to engage issues of race and racism, and think about how, as individuals and Episcopalians, we can address these issues both in the church and in our society.
Instructor: Paula Clark
Sanctuary: Answering the call to Provide Refuge
Churches across the nation have stepped up to offer physical "sanctuary" or refuge to people at risk of deportation. In times when the immigrants among us are threatened with forced removal away from their families and communities, the Church has a vital role to play. Come learn how churches across the nation and in our diocese are stepping up to this call and how we can better support the human rights of our immigrant community members in a time of uncertainty.
Instructor: Laura Stump