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Re-Imagining Church : Congregational Transformation in a New Reality

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Church in the Acres

1383 Wilbraham Road

Springfield, MA 01119

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Training, Equipping, Conversation, Resources and Re-Imagining for the Mission of the Church

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The crises of the last 18 month have accelerated the need for churches to "future-fit" for our new world. You and your team need a planning session where you can craft a strategy to take your congregation into the future. Re-Imagining Church brings leading thinkers and missional practitioners alongside your team to chart a course for the road ahead.

This season has left us with many uncertainties. How do we live in both a virtual and a physical congregation? How can we stay engaged with our people? What does effective mission look like in a season of unpredictability? Yet, one thing we can be certain of - the future of our congregations doesn’t look like the past. The good news is that amidst this crisis, there is great opportunity.

The future is here, and church will never be the same. Gather your team for a day that will equip your people to craft a strategy for the changing world

Session 1: Better Days Ahead: A Thriving Mission on the Other Side of Covid After 18 months of significant challenges, is there hope on the horizon? What if there is a future for your church that is more alive, vibrant, and fruitful than you had thought possible? What might that look like? In this session, we will cast a vision of hope for the future church, and invite us to press into the possibilities that God’s Spirit is at work breathing new life and activating new mission energy into the Church of Jesus Christ.

Session 2: Church Has Left the Building: Re-Vitalizing Congregations from the Outside-In Congregations that inhabit their buildings but not their communities may be looking at a bleak future. Discover what it means to become a church sent to the world, and why an incarnational church is critical for vibrant ministry in a changing world. In this session, we explore the promise that every church has unique potential for impact as they join in God’s mission, and projects that a posture of outward-facing mission has the potential to re-energize your existing congregation.

Session 3: Adaptive Leadership: Leading Change at a Pace that Can Be Absorbed Change is the name of the game in this season of congregational life. How we go about change is the essential question. The most significant challenge facing most congregational transformation strategies is that they either are too large and all-encompassing or too slow to gain momentum. In this session you will discover an approach, based on the core DNA of your congregation that moves at just the right pace.

Session 4: Hybrid Church: Embracing a Multi-Modal Ministry Model What if the future of the church lies in the synergy of the old and the new? How can the depth and the beauty of the established church form disciples who will join in God’s mission, and how can experimental Christian communities help established congregations dream new dreams and reach new people? In this session, we will explore how this can actually happen in a local congregation, and what it could mean for your church’s mission and ministry.

Session 5: Led by the Spirit, Empowered for the Mission Ahead The Church was never meant to rely solely on human strategy or effort. In this closing session, we will call the Church back to Her source of power, unity, and wisdom.

Schedule:

9:00 - Welcome, Check-in and Hospitality

9:30 - Seminar begins with Introductions, and Expectations for the Day

9:40 - Centering in the Word and Prayer

9:55 - Better Days Ahead: A Thriving Mission on the Other Side of Covid

10:25 - Team Discussion Time

10:50 - Coffee Break

11:00 - Church Has Left the Building: Re-Vitalizing Congregations from the Outside-In

11:30 - Team Discussion Time

12:00 - Lunch Break

12:35 - Adaptive Leadership: Leading Change at a Pace that Can Be Absorbed

1:05 - Dessert & Team Discussion Time

1.35 - Hybrid Church: Embracing a Multi-Modal Ministry Model

2:05 - Team Discussion & Planning Time

3:05 - Sending & Closing: Led by the Spirit, Empowered for the Mission

3:30pm Head for Home

What's Included:

Each Church that registers receives a resource box including a series of books to help in the mission forward: Deep and Wild; Contextual Intelligence; Leadership for a Time of Pandemic, How to Start a New Kind of Church.

Cost:

This event is co-sponsored by the American Baptists of Massachusetts and member churches have a registration fee of $75.00 per church (which includes up to 10 participants - ideally it would be best to bring 7 members on your team as this will facilitate a positive group dynamic)with an additional $10.00 lunch fee for each person in attendance.

(Limited Scholarship Support is available for TABCOM churches. Please contact Mary Miller, Executive Minister at miller@tabcom.org for more information)

General Admission registration for all other churches is $150.00 per church (which includes up to 10 participants - ideally it would be best to bring 7 members on your team as this will facilitate a positive group dynamic) with an additional $10.00 lunch fee for each person in attendance.

Final Day of Registration is August 2nd


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Dr. Faison has been serving as the Senior Pastor of East End Baptist Church in Suffolk, VA since November 2014. He has also been serving as the National Coordinating Officer of the Ascent Team of the Baptist General Association of Virginia in Richmond, VA, as well as other leadership positions, since 2001. Prior to coming Virginia, Dr. Faison served as Senior Pastor of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Flemington, Florida.

His secular experience includes serving as Vice President of Commercial Banking at AmSouth Bank of Florida from 1996-2001 and as Assistant Vice-President and Investment Officer, as well as in other capacities, at Mid-State Federal Savings Bank from 1984-1993 in Ocala, Florida.

Dr. Faison is married to Carmen Clark Faison and has two adult children – Andrea and Chasity. He loves spending time with his family, playing golf, exercising, reading and writing.


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Shannon Kiser serves as Director of Training for Fresh Expressions US. She also coaches new worshiping community leaders in the Presbyterian Church USA, and is one of the pastors of Riverside Presbyterian Church, a northern Virginia church with multiple Fresh Expressions. Additionally, Shannon develops mission plans for churches and judicatories seeking to start new ministries through her work with Phila Consulting Group. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University and has a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Shannon has served churches in Texas and Virginia, as well as the Church Growth Office of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Shannon and her husband Patrick live in Springfield, VA and have two teenage daughters.


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Michael Beck is Director of Re-Missioning for Fresh Expressions US and Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Michael serves as co-pastor of Wildwood UMC with his wife Jill, where they direct addiction recovery programs, a jail ministry, a food pantry, an interracial unity movement, and a network of thirteen fresh expressions that gather in tattoo parlors, dog parks, salons, running tracks, community centers, and burrito joints. Michael earned a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Semiotics and Future Studies at Portland Seminary with his mentor Dr. Leonard Sweet. He is the author of Deep Roots, Wild Branches; A Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions; and Issachar's Secret. Jill and Michael currently live in Wildwood. They have a blended family of eight children, four grandchildren, and two pugs.

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