Sunday Workshops

From 2:00 to 3:15 pm the convention center and adjacent hotels will be buzzing with a variety of workshops on subjects from building community to healing and stewardship to welcoming. No registration needed. Subject to change.


Be A Global Mission Church

Find out how your congregation can become a Global Mission Church with new ideas and resources from Global Ministries, highlighting this unique program for congregations wanting to play a larger role in God’s Mission in the world.
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 209

Bi-Vocational Ministry – What Are We Learning?

What are the implications of bi-vocational ministry on the choices and financial viability of clergy and congregations?  The research project was funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment and was conducted as part of the “Conversations on Stewardship & Finances” Project. Leader: Rev. Kristen Plinke Bentley, Director, “Conversations on Stewardship & Finances” Project, Sponsor: Lexington Theological Seminary and the Kentucky Region
Location:  J.W. Marriott Grand Ballroom 8

Bringing Jesus’ Healing Back to Church

Jesus’ ministry included physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.  Our broken and hurting world today needs that healing.  This workshop shows how to bring Jesus’ healing back to church through healing prayer service.  A handout will provide sample material. Presenters: Richard and Catherine Brooks; sponsored by Disciples Home Missions
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Wabash Ballroom 3

Can We Talk? Beginning Conversations about Guns and Gun Violence

This workshop moves past myths, propaganda and rhetoric to civil conversation.  It will explore guns in our personal history, in popular culture, and in theological themes. Presenter: Don Gaffney; sponsored by National Benevolent Association
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 102

Congregational Care in the Wake of Ferguson, Flint, and Orlando

When mass shootings, police brutality and dangerous policies threaten lives, we often ask, “What is the role of the church?”  Using three current justice crisis events, this workshop will offer examples of how the church can respond to the psychological and spiritual trauma experienced by communities, congregations, and clergy. Presenters: Angela Whitenhill and Dietra Baker; sponsored by National Benevolent Association
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 103

Faith Rooted Organizing

What would it look like if our work for justice emerged from our deepest and most ancient faith traditions in ways that made space for everyone?  Presenters:  Sandhya Jha and Peter Heltzel, sponsored by NBA.
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 104

Finding a Match: Making Relocation Work for You

Unlock the mysteries of the search and call system for both clergy and for congregations.  An honest conversation about the process, the paperwork, and discerning a call. Presenters: Warren Lynn, Gary Straub, Sandy Messick, and LaTaunya Bynum; sponsored by Disciples Home Missions
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 106

For Camp and Conference Center Directors

This is an opportunity for camp and conference center directors to come together and talk about development work – how we can collectively collaborate to maximize financial resources for our respective locations. In addition, this workshop will discuss the latest trends, legal issues, staffing opportunities, and how our ministries can positively influence other ministries. Presenter: Rob Morris; sponsored by Christmount Conference Center
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 107

Freedom: Promise and Struggle

The theme of freedom runs through scripture, but that theme has not always been understood. This Bible study, taken from the Just Women 2017 Bible study, intends to bring to life scripture passages that can offer insights on the promise and struggle for freedom from Biblical to contemporary times. Presenter: Kathy McDowell; sponsored by Disciples Women
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 108

Grief, Stillbirth and Pastoral Care

The church is called to find ways to walk with families whose  family plan does not come in a neat package when seeking to have a child. There are many difficult topics around reproduction (infertility, miscarriages, stillborn, illness, depression, adoption, sudden infant death syndrome, and cost). Explore how to walk with those who have experienced great pain and great faith and support those who are in the midst of struggle. A panel including Rich Voelz, Tabatha Johnson and Warren Lynn will explore this topic.  Sponsored by Disciples Home Missions.
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 109

Healthcare for Church Employees

The Pension Fund announced that the Christian Church Health Care Benefit Trust (CCHCBT) would be discontinued effective December 31, 2016, for people under the age of 65.  The latest in regulations, reporting, trends, and resources for finding the best coverage will all be reviewed. Find out when the church can pay the healthcare premium for the Employee and when they cannot. Presenter: Eugene Fisher; sponsored by the Pension Fund of the Christian Church
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 110

Homegrown Peace and Justice

This workshop will offer faith formation activities, age-appropriate conversations, rituals, and resources for families with children ages 3-18. Presenter: Kate Epperly; sponsored by Disciples Home Missions
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 113

How to Energize Your Capital Campaign

How do churches develop new ways to raise funds?  One size does not fit all.  This workshop will explore how fundraising methods are changing and share success stories from congregations. Presenter: Belinda King; sponsored by Disciples Church Extension Fund
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 114

Intergenerate – Bringing All Ages Together in Worship and at Home

One out of every ten teenagers will still be in the church in their twenties. Why? What happened? What didn’t happen? What can we do to change this trend? Who stayed? Why did they stay? Over the past 15 years lots of research and study has been done to help explain the reasons behind those leaving the church building and those leaving their faith entirely. Come and learn ways and to see faith as a lifelong journey in an intentionally intergenerational community.  Presenter:  Olivia Bryan Updegrove, sponsored by Disciples Home Missions.
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 115

Leading a Mission Pilgrimage

Find out how your congregation can organize a life changing experience through which participants meet our international partners in person, share their joys, understand their challenges, and experience their unique connection to our wider church.
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 210

Living out the Gospel to Be One: Global Faith Stories from Missionaries and Partners

Join missionaries John and Karen Campbell-Nelson serving in Indonesia, Phyllis Byrd serving in Kenya, Toni Reynolds serving in the Dominican Republic, Michael Joseph serving in Colombia and Niko Tapaeko, serving in Fiji, along with several of our international guests, to hear how their faith has enabled them to see the face of God around the world even during challenging times.
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 203

Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit

How can adults help adolescents experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge?. This session introduces the importance of de-stigmatizing mental health disorders and will distinguish between normal developmental changes and signs for concern.  Presenter: Phyllis Reed; sponsored by Christian Board of Publication/Chalice Press
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 121

Momentum for the New Church Movement

Celebrations, conversations and catalysts concerning the New Church Movement and the future of the Church. Learn about Hope Partnership’s initiative for new church: Start, Sustain and Soar. Presenter: Terrell McTyer; sponsored by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 122

My Church isn’t ready to Become Open & Affirming and Other Myths

The Identity Statement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) says, “We welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.”  This workshop will share why and how to widen the congregation’s welcome to LGBT people.  Every church can take one more step on the welcoming journey.  Presenter: Mark Johnston; sponsored by GLAD
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 123

New Beginnings

Is your church doing the same things over and over and expecting different results? Come learn about a process that cures congregational dysfunction. New Beginnings has helped more than 1,000 congregations in the US and Canada create new ways of doing ministry in their community.  Presenter: Rick Morse; sponsored by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 124

One Church, One Nation, One Community Responding to Ebola

Hear from Mrs. Ebun James DeKam, General Secretary of the Council of Churches of Sierra Leone, will share an update on how the church along with the international community responded to the Ebola outbreak.
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 204

Paying the Pastor

A leader guided exploration of the peculiarities of the minister’s salary.  We will explore issues such as a living wage, appropriate benefits, negotiation strategies, legal/tax issues. Presenter: Aaron Smith; sponsored by the Pension Fund of the Christian Church
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 201

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Learn about the complex relationship between mental health, the criminal justice system, and the church. (This is a follow-up to resolutions related to mental health and mass incarceration from recent General Assemblies.) Presenters: Dean Bucalos and Hector Hernandez; sponsored by National Benevolent Association
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Wabash Ballroom 2

The Process of Peace in Colombia

Jenny Neme, Executive Director of JUSTAPAZ, will share her experience and provide an update on the process of justice and peace in Colombia.
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 208

Retirement Planning

Take the mystery out of retirement planning and break it down into basic steps.  Hear strategies for saving when retirement is many years away and also when retirement is just around the corner. Learn how a congregation can help its employees save for retirement. Pension Fund products will be explained, so bring your questions!  Presenter: Matt Rosine; sponsored by the Pension Fund of the Christian Church
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Wabash Ballroom 1

Realities of Living Under the Israeli Military Occupation

Hear from Rachel Shomali, a Palestinian Christian and former Disciples Peace Fellow. She will be sharing stories of the occupation along with Global Ministries staff.
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Wabash Ballroom Room 202

Rules of Engagement

Youth of color are disproportionately overrepresented throughout the juvenile justice systems in nearly every state.  Data has shown that minority.  How should the church respond?  This workshop will examine cause of disproportionality and identify strategies to create a fair system. Presenter: Sharyn Cosby; sponsored by National Benevolent Association
Location:  JW Marriott Grand Ballroom 9

Spread the Word

This workshop is designed to equip congregations to use available resources for spreading the word about who we are as Disciples. Presenter: Cherilyn Williams and others; sponsored by Communication Ministries
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 101

Substance Use Disorder and Living in Recovery

What is Substance Use Disorder, and how can our congregations provide education, support and resources that will enable the church to join in this critical and multilayered health crisis? Come and listen to experts and fellow Disciples who are already immersed in addressing both the crisis and solutions. Presenters: China Isler, Ivana Grahovac,  Lauren Costine, and Jessica McFarland; sponsored by Disciples Seminary Foundation
Location:  JW Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

Thrive: Spiritual Habits of Transforming Congregations

How are ordinary congregations finding their way to vitality?  This workshop will explore twelve spiritual habits held in common by churches that are being transformed so they, in turn, can transform the world. Presenter: Ruth Fletcher; sponsored by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 211

Top 10 Questions the Church has about Employment Issues

Get the latest information about new regulations and rules from Department of Labor and IRS that impact congregation as employer.  Discover the top three issues that get a congregation into legal troubles. Do you have questions about FICA and SECA, retirement benefits, or Housing Allowance?  Find the answers and learn where church administrators can turn for ongoing professional help for these administrative issues. Presenter: Micah James; sponsored by the Pension Fund of the Christian Church
Location:  Indiana Convention Center Room 212

Very Married: Love and Fidelity

How can congregations support marriage?  This workshop will offer progressive and practical resources for couples and churches. Presenter: Katherine Willis Pershey; sponsored by Disciples Home Missions
Location:  J.W. Marriott Grand Ballroom 7

Words Matter: The Power of Language in Worship

How do our words in worship create safe and welcoming space?  This workshop will explore how the power of words can offend or create bridges in a multi-cultural world.  Presenter: Ana Gobledale; sponsored by Global Ministries
Location:  J.W. Marriott Grand Ballroom 10