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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Will You Join Us in Equipping Missional Congregations for the 21st Century?

The First United Methodist Church of Akron, Ohio is pleased to host Rev. Dr. Steven Manskar, the Director of Wesleyan Leadership of the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church, as he leads us through a covenant discipleship workshop on Saturday, February 4th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Why is such a workshop important? Dr. Paul Chilcote, the Director of the Center for Applied Wesleyan Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary says, "The movement described as the 'missional church' is very similar to the essence of earliest Methodism. I am convinced that the future of churches in the Wesleyan tradition will depend largely upon their rediscovery of missional congregations."

As the pastor at Akron First UMC, I invite all pastors and laity to intend this important worskshop which is a critical component for the revitalization and reinvigoration of churches into the missional outposts they were designed to be. While the content of the workshop is Wesleyan in orientation, all church traditions will benefit from the wisdom offered.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

9:00     Registration Check-In/Coffee
9:30     Morning Prayer
9:50     Laying the Foundation
                *Two Kinds of Churches
                *Mission and Means of Grace
                *The General Rule of Discipleship
11:15   Break
11:30   Covenant Discipleship Groups and Group Dynamics
12:30   Lunch
1:15     The Covenant and Covenant Writing
1:40     Covenant Writing Exercise
2:30     Break
2:45     Q&A
3:00     How to Introduce Covenant Discipleship Groups
3:15     How to Support and Sustain Covenant Discipleship Groups
3:30     Closing Questions & Discussion
4:00     Dismissal with Blessing

The cost for the entire workshop is $25.00 and includes a light lunch. This is an unbeatable price for such an experience.

You may register online here. The event is also worth .5 CEUs.

Akron First UMC is pleased to offer this event jointly with Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.

I hope to see you there!

1 comment:

Jim said...

This sounds awesome as the topic is one I'm getting more and more passionate about. While I can't make the trip from Alaska, I pray that it's well attended by folks down there.