Update March 24, 2020:
We are planning on going ahead with both events, on April 25 and on May 9, via video conference. If those who have already signed up will not have the technology to access the event in this way, we can offer refunds. (And if you’re nervous about using new applications, not to worry, we will offer a tutorial to make sure everyone can participate fully!) Otherwise, registration for both events is ongoing, and the planning team is very much looking forward to bringing these exciting virtual gatherings to the disciples in Rupert’s Land!
Clergy and lay leaders of parish communities know that the times in which we are living are calling for new ways of leading. We know that we are being invited to live into God’s mission in the world around us. For many of us, maybe most of us, these are challenges for which we have not been trained or prepared in the past.
Bishop Geoff reminds us all regularly that the purpose of leaders in the Church is:
To nurture the health and wellness
of the Body of Christ sent into the world.
Therefore he invites all clergy and lay leaders in the Diocese to participate in these education events to take place over the next four months. Each day will be a stand-alone event, but those who attend all three will gain great benefit as they are able to make connections between the themes.
$10 per person for teams of two or three people;
teams of four or more $5 each;
individuals $15 each
Taking the Church to the Gym: The Health and Wellness of the Body of Christ
March 7 – St. Francis Mission Centre/Epiphany Indigenous Church
The first event will explore what parish health means and how leaders can encourage communities to deepen the health of their communities. We’ll learn about available resources, practices, and understandings and how we can introduce them in parish life.
Nurturing: Leading Communities in Following Christ
This second event will focus on how clergy and lay leaders are called to nurture faith communities. Through the lens of the baptismal covenant, we will hear stories of how leaders have nurtured their communities to liberate their gifts. This will include leading spiritual practices, Christian education, stewardship, and reaching into the community.
Sent into the World: What are We Doing for Christ’s Sake?
What is this word “missional” we keep hearing about? Is it just the latest trend in churchland, or is there something more to it? We will learn about the ancient and eternal call of God to the Body of Christ to be present in the world with the gospel, and the not-surprising news that God is already at work there.