Education

General Assembly always presents wonderful and engaging opportunities for education, sharing ideas with others, and participating in meaningful and resource-building discussion. (Workshops and schedules subject to change.)

You will find a variety of subjects during each time frame. Please note – some of the workshops presented in 2019 will be offered over the course of multiple time slots and days.

Friday

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (continues on Saturday)

Doing and Denying Justice: A History of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Social Justice

1 CEU offered by Phillips Theological Seminary, cost is $75
Because of its origins, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) should have been at the forefront of resisting power structures with systemic injustices. Instead, this denomination born from the backlash against denominational structures in the 1800s found its informal polity prevented the church from becoming a strong voice on many social justice issues throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. However, at the local level, many individuals and churches found ways to use their collective voices for social justice either within the DOC church or with an affiliation to parachurch organizations. Join the Rev. Dr. Lisa Barnett as she leads a pre-General Assembly exploration of social justice issues from the 1800s to 2018 and how the CC (DOC) emerged as a strong public witness or faltered in their support of justice-making in the world.

Saturday

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (continued from Friday)

Doing and Denying Justice: A History of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Social Justice

1 CEU offered by Phillips Theological Seminary, cost is $75
Because of its origins, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) should have been at the forefront of resisting power structures with systemic injustices. Instead, this denomination born from the backlash against denominational structures in the 1800s found its informal polity prevented the church from becoming a strong voice on many social justice issues throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. However, at the local level, many individuals and churches found ways to use their collective voices for social justice either within the DOC church or with an affiliation to parachurch organizations. Join the Rev. Dr. Lisa Barnett as she leads a pre-General Assembly exploration of social justice issues from the 1800s to 2018 and how the CC (DOC) emerged as a strong public witness or faltered in their support of justice-making in the world.

Sunday

Session 1: 1:30-2:50 PM

Hearing Voices of Bi-Vocational Ministry

Lexington Theological Seminary conducted research to understand the various experiences and perspectives of the growing population of ministers who serve bi-vocationally, serving in congregations while also being employed outside of the congregation. Some describe bi-vocational ministry primarily as a ‘sign of the times’ due to economic challenges facing clergy and congregations. Some focus on its missional potential and describe it as a ‘cutting edge of the future.’ Others, particularly those from certain geographic settings or racial/ethnic communities, see bi-vocational ministry as ‘the way we’ve always done it.’ This workshop will highlight the various perspectives that have emerged in the research at L.T.S. and how their intersections help us better understand clergy and congregations involved in bi-vocational ministry. Time will be provided during the workshop session for conversation about experiences of bi-vocational ministry. This workshop and its research have been made possible with a generous grant from the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment.

Presenter: Rev. Kristen Bentley, Director, “Conversations on Stewardship & Finances” Project, Lexington Theological Seminary

Women in Vocational Ministry

Developing networks, peer support groups, and paths for advocacy. Disciples Home Missions (DHM) has a long history of support for women in ministry.

This workshop seeks to:

  1. Offer time and space for women in ministry to tell their stories and share current issues of need, concern, hope and strength in vocational life that are unique to, and/or present in, the lives of female clergy.
  2. Evaluate possibility for re-activating the currently dormant Disciples for Women in Ministry Steering Committee, beginning the initial process of discerning new goals and objectives of such, and soliciting leadership for these efforts.
  3. Create a supportive environment in which women clergy can speak to the wider church in a way that empowers and affirms the vitality of women in ministry.

Presenters: Administrators of “Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Female clergy and friends” Facebook Group

For Young Adults — Balancing Vocational Discernment and Professional Ambition

Many young adults seek innovative ways to apply their faith and live their values as they engage in vocational discernment about jobs and careers. It can be a challenge to find meaningful work, establish a career, pay student loans, pursue additional education, and remain financially stable. How do vocational discernment, professional ambition, and even just keeping the bills paid all work together in living a life that honors God and is commensurate with ones faith commitments?

Presenters: HELM, NBA and Panelists

Building Generous Congregations in the Digital Age Summary

This session will equip participants with the latest information and data on religious giving (assembled by Givelify™ in partnership with the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy). We will discuss and identify innovative and practical ideas and best practices that will help congregations increase giving, engage Millennials, and be better financial stewards.

Presenter: Walle Mafolasire, Givelify CEO

Social Media and the Church

Social media and church are not exclusive: they are mutual partners in creatively sharing a message with opportunities that keep the church relevant. In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore the most popular social media platforms, why they are used, and brainstorm ideas and best practices on use in the church.

Presenter: Tim Campbell, Strategist

Letting Go to Become Something New—the Process of Church Transformation

Transformation has some predictable patterns. Most people think that change comes by adding things, but first we must let things go. This workshop will explore biblical models of transformation, and share stories of congregations that have truly transformed. Does your congregation have the next great transformation story? Discover what transformation looks like and how leadership can make a difference in the process.

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Rick Morse. Rick is Vice President of Hope Partnership and Disciples Church Extension Fund. Rick also has had 44 years of experience in helping congregations experience transformation, and has worked with hundreds of churches.

Becoming a Welcoming Church: Safe Sanctuary Protocols

Explore the restrictions applicable to those convicted of sex offenses, and how to establish protocols that make it possible to welcome them into your faith community.

Presenters: Dean Bucalos and others

Table Talk: Rethinking Communion and Community

From the earliest days of the Jesus movement, their gatherings were meal-centered, reclining in dining rooms more so than meeting halls. In our churches today, architecturally we have separated the sanctuary from the fellowship hall. In this interactive workshop, we will explore three characteristics of those earliest followers: 1) how their eating was part of a full meal, creating intimacy; 2) how their gatherings were mostly inclusive, even evangelistic; and 3) how, other than Holy Week, their eating was always festive, rarely somber. Together, we will rethink Communion in our churches today as well as the budding dinner church movement.

Presenter: Mike Graves is Scholar in Residence and Minister of Spiritual Formation at Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City.

Mission as Gifted Relationship

Disciples Volunteering operates from an understanding of mission as being sent by God to be in relationship with others, giving priority to their voice and gifts. Our time will begin as friends we have made on recent missions share stories from our journeys together. Then, conversation will turn to how your congregation can participate in on-going missions and apply the lessons of these experiences to spark new ones.

Presenter: Josh Baird

Hearing the Story: Perspectives from the Middle East and Europe

Come hear partners of Global Ministries from the Middle East and Europe and learn about the joys and challenges they face in their daily life and work. This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees to learn more about what is happening in the region from the perspectives of global partners.

Presenters: Partners from the Middle East and Europe and Dr. Peter Makari, Global Ministries Executive for the Middle East and Europe

Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training from Reconciliation Ministries (continues through next session)

This six-hour training event is designed to guide participants in an introductory analysis of systemic racism. Participants are invited to explore the ways in which we define and understand racism and to discover the role they can play in overcoming racism in the ministries and communities where they serve. This training fulfills the anti-racism training standards of most Disciples ministries.

Hearing the story: Perspectives from East Asia and the Pacific

Come hear partners of Global Ministries from East Asia and the Pacific and learn about the joys and challenges they face in their daily life and work. This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees to learn more about what is happening in the region from the perspectives of global partners.

Presenters: Partners from East Asia and the Pacific and Derek Duncan, Global Ministries Executive for East Asia and the Pacific

Session 2: 3:00-4:30 PM

Workshop for Military Chaplains

A discussion of current Issues and information provided by experienced Disciples Military Chaplains. Plan to attend if you are currently serving or are interested in learning about opportunities for chaplain ministry in the Army, Navy, or Air Force. Presenters will discuss challenges and blessings of serving in Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard components.

Hosted by the Disciples Chaplain Association

Workshop for Institutional Chaplains

(hospital, hospice, other healthcare settings, prison and law enforcement, pastoral counseling, workplace and other specialized settings)

Presentations and discussion of issues and information related to ministry as a chaplain in a wide variety of community settings. Plan to attend if you are already serving as a chaplain or if you are interesting in learning about opportunities for service and the requirements for endorsement for chaplaincy ministry.

Hosted by the Disciples Chaplain Association

The State and Stories of the New Church Movement: 1000 New Churches, 1000 Different Ways?

New Church Ministry supports the 2020 Vision of the Christian Church to start and welcome 1000 unique congregations by 2020. How are we doing? What can we celebrate? What challenges and chances lie ahead? Take a retrospective journey with your Minister of New Church Strategies and Regional representatives to examine what we liked, learned, lacked and longed for in the Disciples of Christ’s initiative for church growth, diversity and leader development. New Church is more than a mere dream; it is a living mandate. Join us as we “visioneer” possibilities for the future. Discover opportunities for your congregation to multiply. Discern your personal call to start or strengthen new churches.

Presenter: Pastor Terrell L. McTyer. Terrell serves as the Minister of New Church Strategies with Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation. In his role, he works with local, regional and general church partners to equip, assist and support new church leaders as they start and sustain world-changing Disciples of Christ churches.

Trusting Our Eyes or Trusting the Lord: How Do I Raise More Money for Ministry?

Using the story of Elijah and the widow, this workshop will look at church giving through the eyes of faith. We will explore the importance of setting a God-sized vision for stewardship in a congregation and share some recent examples from congregations that successfully raised money for their ministry through capital campaigns.

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Craig M Walls. Craig is Building and Capital Services Advisor for Disciples Church Extension Fund. Before his work with DCEF, Craig was the founder and Senior Pastor of SouthPointe Christian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. During his tenure, Craig helped grow an innovative new congregation from two people to two hundred; he also led successful building projects, capital campaigns, and creative land lease/use opportunities for the congregation.

Money, Mission, and Ministry – Navigating the Stewardship Money Maze

Participants will come away with a clear understanding of the “how” and “why” of creating, running, and completing annual campaigns that are biblically grounded, theologically sound, and strategically implemented to achieve success. Stop paying the bills and start funding the vision God has given your congregation. Rev. Bruce Barkhauer has served as the Minister for Faith and Giving for the Christian Church (DOC) for 9 years and previously served 25 years in parish ministry.

Presenter: Bruce Barkhauer, Minister for Faith and Giving for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Going Carbon Neutral – Saving Money as We Save God’s Good Earth

Learning from congregations who are on the path to carbon neutrality and experts in reducing energy, we will learn how we can meet the call from the 2017 General Assembly for Disciples to go Carbon Neutral by 2030. Congregations are saving hundreds of dollars a month and thousands of dollars each year by making changes to their buildings and habits. Join us to learn how you can be better stewards of the church’s money while being better stewards of God’s good earth.

Presenter: Rev. Carol Devine

Bridle, Baton, and Building Blocks

Leadership is a combination of handing over the reins, passing the baton, and building a team of shared responsibility. All of these require connections in one way or another. We will share what has worked and the importance of the timing in using one style over another.

Presenter: Disciples Women

Justice and Unity

In this workshop, members of Disciples Peace Fellowship will share strategies for congregational engagement in justice issues. Though we sometimes think of justice and unity as being at odds, we will consider how they are actually two sides of the same vision of God’s shalom. We will discuss how to navigate potential congregational resistance and bring people together to do the work of God.

Presenter: Rebecca Littlejohn, Disciples Peace Fellowship

Finding Common Ground within Gun Violence Conversations

Guns and gun violence seem to divide our country more than just about any topic. We have preppers and pacificists, and 100 million gun owners standing in the middle. This workshop will explore guns and gun violence in America from multiple perspectives, asking questions and searching for answers. We will explore stories and statistics, our history and heroes, myths, media, and more. Don Gaffney will share from his experiences researching a book on gun violence, manuscript scraps from the cutting-room floor, and reflections on its publication. Will we find common ground? Join the conversation and find out!

Presenter: Donald V. Gaffney, author of “Common Ground: Talking About Gun Violence in America,” in publication by Westminster John Knox Press.

Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training from Reconciliation Ministries (continued from previous session)

This six-hour training event is designed to guide participants in an introductory analysis of systemic racism. Participants are invited to explore the ways in which we define and understand racism and to discover the role they can play in overcoming racism in the ministries and communities where they serve. This training fulfills the anti-racism training standards of most Disciples ministries.

Southern Asia Initiative Introduction

Global Ministries is pleased to introduce its 4th Area Initiative – The Southern Asia Initiative. This workshop will have opportunities to hear from international partners and learn more about key issues in the region. This will focus not only on challenges, but also on the response of global partners through initiatives, missional and diaconal actions, and creative theological resources. Come hear about this new initiative and the ways in which you can participate.

Presenters: Partners from Southern Asia, Rev. Dr. Deenabandhu Manchala, Global Ministries Executive for Southern Asia

Telling Our Story

Storytelling is not a new practice for communities of faith. We’ve always told stories. Jesus told stories. There is a hunger for true, meaningful stories. This workshop focuses on how to tell our stories well, using basic tools of story-crafting.

Presenter: Rebecca Anderson, Gilead Church Chicago

Monday

Session 1: 1:30-2:50 PM

Setting Healthy Boundaries 101 – Clergy only (continues in next session)

This class, along with its partner class, Setting Healthy Boundaries 102 on Tuesday, is designed to fulfill the requirement for Boundary Training for clergy regardless of region. SHB 101 is intended strictly for clergy and the boundary issues we face in ministry. These include: power and vulnerability issues, pulpit issues, transference, personal needs and self-care as well as some red flags to be considered.

This book is REQUIRED for the clergy taking this course. Please purchase ahead of time. Cost is currently $15.00.

Clergy Financial Wellness

Ministers’ financial lives are complicated: our salaries are modest, many of us have student loans, and we want to save a little for the future. Join Pension Fund to cut through the confusion and identify some practical next steps for managing your money – and putting some back in your pocket so you can be more generous.

Presenters: Rev. Danny Gulden, Vice President for Client Relations and Rev. Sarah Renfro, Area Director with Pension Fund of the Christian Church

Legacy Giving – A New Stream of Church Funding

A directed conversation about legacy giving and the power of end-of-life gifts and how they can enhance the future of your congregation’s ministry and vision. A panel of church leaders who are successfully encouraging end-of-life gifts in their congregations will focus on successful “how to ask” aspects of permanent fund resources, including a policy that encourages gifts, and peer-to-peer relationships that generate interest and results.

Presenters: Bobby Hawley, Christian Church Foundation South Central Zone Vice President and Randy Johnson, Christian Church Foundation Southeast Zone Vice President

¿Cuál será tu legado?

¿Qué significa dejar un legado? Únase a nosotros para una conversación sobre cómo las congregaciones pueden hacer planes para su ministerio en el futuro y cómo los individuos pueden crear un legado para las generaciones por venir.

Presenter: India Bobadilla, Christian Church Foundation Vicepresidenta, Zona de los Grandes Lagos

Change Your Questions, Change Your Church—Leading by Asking the Right Questions

How many times have you asked: “how do we get more people to come to our church?” There is not a magic one-size-fits-all answer. And, that might not even be the best question to ask. In this workshop, we will explore how to start asking different questions that reshape a church’s focus and inspire people into mindful reflection. Discover how asking the right questions can empower your church to live out its mission in new and exciting ways.

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Rick Morse. Rick is Vice President of Hope Partnership and Disciples Church Extension Fund. Rick also has had 44 years of experience in helping congregations experience transformation, and has worked with hundreds of churches.

Examining Your Role as Elder in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (continues in next session)

Historically, the various functions of Elders in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have been, and continues to be significant. In this workshop we will examine the role of Elders, who are called to be primary in church leadership, along with service as teachers, and shepherds. Most importantly, and with great significance Elders participate in the service at the Lord’s Table. This workshop will examine the roles of Elders in many capacities and offer education, training and resources to strengthen leadership within the church.

Presenters: Leadership Initiative Team of Disciples Home Missions

Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregations (continues in next session)

This workshop helps your congregation bring to flesh and life “On Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregations,” the GA-1723 Resolution passed at our last Disciples General Assembly. Part 1 will provide a context of historical exclusionary laws and current challenges such as cuts to DACA, Temporary Protected Status, family separation policies, border practices, enforcement increases, legal immigration limits, and refugee changes that frame the immigrant rights and advocacy landscape today. Those challenges will “gain a face” through the voices and stories of directly impacted communities from multiple backgrounds of Hispanic/Latinx, AAPI, and undocumented Black populations. Participants in this workshop will then review the Disciples “Immigrant Welcoming Congregation” movement, hear a testimony from an initial “IWC,” and learn how their congregation can start the process of becoming a Disciples “IWC,” too! The second half of the workshop will build upon Part 1 and answer the question, “What can I and my congregation DO?” by offering key models of immigrant community protections, healing, and relationship building needed in today’s context of racism and anti-immigrant policies and pushback. Participants will hear from leaders about meaningful practices such as centering leadership among directly impacted partners, mental health trauma care, family emergency planning, accompaniment and rapid response, networks for solidarity, and advocacy campaigns to support refugees and immigrants in this time.

Participation in both workshops will help move churches towards “Immigrant Welcoming Congregation” identity.

Presenters: Lori Tapia, Sharon Stanley-Rea, Tana Liu-Beers, Chung Seong Kim, directly impacted immigrant leaders, representative from an IWC congregation, NBA Mental Health representatives

Advocacy, Activism and Organizing for Justice – How Can My Congregation Get Involved? (continues in next session)

In an age with increased attention on justice issues, faith leaders must discern when and how to enter movement work. We will develop a common language and analysis for examining justice work. Finally join lay and clergy leaders in a interactive session to reflect on your ministry’s justice work and gain resources for your congregation to build a sustainable presence in the liberation movement.

Presenters: Deitra Wise Baker, Laurie Pound Feille, and Disciples Activist Peer Group (and others from the justice organizing group meeting this September which includes representatives from DJAN, DC4PW, RIM, OGMP, Disciples Public Presence and Reconciliation)

Breaking Barriers: Talking stories and struggles — college students only (continues in next session)

A forum created specifically for current and incoming college students focused on experiences of social issues on college campuses. This is a two-part forum. Part I will entail sharing both our stories and struggles on our campuses. Part II provides resources and ministries available through our Church for action. Part II will include a panel of representative from HELM, Reconciliation Ministries, NBA, Disciples Alliance, and our college and university chaplains.

Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training from Reconciliation Ministries (continued from yesterday)

This six-hour training event is designed to guide participants in an introductory analysis of systemic racism. Participants are invited to explore the ways in which we define and understand racism and to discover the role they can play in overcoming racism in the ministries and communities where they serve. This training fulfills the anti-racism training standards of most Disciples ministries.

Peace and Reconciliation in Korean Peninsula (continues in next session)

General Assembly resolution GA-1522 “A Call for Peace, Justice and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula” passed with overwhelming support. But for many, this issue is often very difficult to understand partly because the lack of correct information or misinformation. This workshop will deal with some questions relating to this important issue and the church’s role in this reconciliation work.

Included is the history of the division, the Korean War, and the decades long confrontation in the Korean Peninsula. Why have previous talks been unsuccessful? Why are these talks happening now? What actions can Christians take to promote peace?

Presenters: Rev. Chung Seong Kim and others who have been involved in the important ecumenical effort for the reconciliation of Korean Peninsula

Being Disciples: Holding Together What Sometimes Tries To Fly Apart, Part I (continues in next session)

Disciples have historically claimed to have a distinctive identity within the one body of Christ. But do Disciples still agree on the marks of this identity? Is our covenant strong enough to hold us together in the face of disagreement? In a substantial revision of their book from 2009, Michael Kinnamon and Jan Linn address these questions, giving particular attention to racial and ethnic diversity within our church and to the challenges facing all of Christianity in the 21st century. In Part I, Kinnamon and Linn will share their observations on where we are as Disciples based on their research and writing of the new book, then participants will share their own observations. In Part II (on Tuesday afternoon), a diverse panel will distill the prior day’s lessons and look forward at what our denomination may look like in an increasingly multicultural church.

Presenters: Michael Kinnamon and Jan Linn

Session 2: 3:00-4:30 PM

Setting Healthy Boundaries 101 – Clergy only (continued from previous session)

This class, along with its partner class, Setting Healthy Boundaries 102 on Tuesday, is designed to fulfill the requirement for Boundary Training for clergy regardless of region. SHB 101 is intended strictly for clergy and the boundary issues we face in ministry. These include: power and vulnerability issues, pulpit issues, transference, personal needs and self-care as well as some red flags to be considered.

This book is REQUIRED for the clergy taking this course. Please purchase ahead of time. Cost is currently $15.00.

Paying the Pastor

We’ll explore the elements of clergy compensation (including housing, benefits and ministry expenses). Come find practical guidance for how to be generous to the pastor, reduce your pastor’s tax liability and help him/her save for retirement.

Screen reader support enabled.

Presenters: Rev. Aaron Smith, and Rev. Matt Rosine, Directors with Pension Fund of the Christian Church

Leading from the WHY (Bilingual)

Do you feel like your church lacks purpose? Do you have clarity about what God is calling you to do and be? When churches start Leading from the WHY, they discover the power of life-transforming ministry. Come and learn how your church can discern your WHY and be present in your community in new ways. Leave with ideas for “equipping the saints for all good works” and to be agents of change in the places you are rooted.

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Gilberto Collazo. Gilberto is President of Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation and deeply committed to church planting and leader development. Following 17 years of ministry in Puerto Rico, where he started eight new churches, Gilberto moved to Indianapolis in 2001 to help lead out on the Disciples priority of planting 1,000 new churches by the year 2020. Gilberto applies his experience and expertise to developing and overseeing programs and initiatives that empower new and transforming congregations and leaders.

Welcoming Abundance: Inspiring Engagement and Generosity through Storytelling

Disciples are involved in so many areas of ministry, but how are we telling the stories? From our sacred biblical texts to modern-day e-newsletters, sharing stories has long been an effective way to connect and engage people. This workshop will focus on ways that storytelling can help encourage engagement in your ministry and inspire generosity. We will share best practices for story-telling as a meaningful approach to stewardship and fundraising. This workshop is designed with dialogue in mind, so please come ready with questions and sharing ways that your communities are welcoming abundance.

Presenters:
Rev. Bethany Watkins Lowery. Bethany is the Director of Development for Disciples Church Extension Fund and Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation. Her first experience in church fundraising was serving as a capital campaign spokesperson at her home church when she was eight years old. In her role with DCEF and Hope Partnership, Bethany connects with individuals and congregations with a passion for supporting the Holy Places and Courageous Leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She listens to donors’ stories, shares how donor support has empowered churches and church leaders in their ministries, and helps imagine legacies of generosity.

Rev. April Lewton. April serves as the Vice President of Development and Marketing with the National Benevolent Association. Her work centers on sharing about the incredible ministries of care and compassion that Disciples leaders and nonprofits are doing in communities across the church. She oversees NBA’s development efforts including annual giving, major gifts, and NBA’s partnership with Disciples Mission Fund, the common mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She also supervises NBA’s marketing activities and communications (have you liked NBA on Facebook and Twitter?!) When asked about NBA’s “called to care” tag message, April shares that we are “called to care” in that active, intentional, and healthy systems kind of way. At the end of the day, we seek to compassionately care, serve, and nurture true communities of justice and love.

Moving Money to Mission: Investing for the Present and the Future

Could your ministry benefit from an additional stream of income? Learn about the Christian Church Foundation’s Joint Investment Trust and discover how the Foundation can assist your ministry in an investment strategy that will benefit the mission of the church.

Presenter: Jerry Lang, Christian Church Foundation Mountain West Zone Vice President

Examining Your Role as Elder in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (continued from previous session)

Historically, the various functions of Elders in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have been, and continues to be significant. In this workshop we will examine the role of Elders, who are called to be primary in church leadership, along with service as teachers, and shepherds. Most importantly, and with great significance Elders participate in the service at the Lord’s Table. This workshop will examine the roles of Elders in many capacities and offer education, training and resources to strengthen leadership within the church.

Presenters: Leadership Initiative Team of Disciples Home Missions

Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregations (continued from previous session)

This workshop will build upon Part 1 and answer the question, “What can I and my congregation DO?” by offering key models of immigrant community protections, healing, and relationship building needed in today’s context of racism and anti-immigrant policies and pushback. Participants will hear from leaders about meaningful practices such as centering leadership among directly impacted partners, mental health trauma care, family emergency planning, accompaniment and rapid response, networks for solidarity, and advocacy campaigns to support refugees and immigrants in this time.

Participation in both workshops will help move churches towards “Immigrant Welcoming Congregation” identity.

Presenters: Lori Tapia, Sharon Stanley-Rea, Tana Liu-Beers, Chung Seong Kim, directly impacted immigrant leaders, rep from an IWC congregation, NBA Mental Health representatives

Advocacy, Activism and Organizing for Justice – How Can My Congregation Get Involved? (continued from previous session)

In an age with increased attention on justice issues, faith leaders must discern when and how to enter movement work. We will develop a common language and analysis for examining justice work. Finally join lay and clergy leaders in a interactive session to reflect on your ministry’s justice work and gain resources for your congregation to build a sustainable presence in the liberation movement.

Presenters: Deitra Wise Baker, Laurie Pound Feille and Disciples Activist Peer Group (and others from the justice organizing group meeting this September which includes reps from DJAN, DC4PW, RIM, OGMP, Disciples Public Presence and Reconciliation)

Breaking Barriers: Talking stories and struggles — college students only (continued from previous session)

A forum created specifically for current and incoming college students focused on experiences of social issues on college campuses. This is a two-part forum. Part I will entail sharing both our stories and struggles on our campuses. Part II provides resources and ministries available through our Church for action. Part II will include a panel of representative from HELM, Reconciliation Ministries, NBA, Disciples Alliance, and our college and university chaplains

Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training from Reconciliation Ministries (continued from yesterday)

This six-hour training event is designed to guide participants in an introductory analysis of systemic racism. Participants are invited to explore the ways in which we define and understand racism and to discover the role they can play in overcoming racism in the ministries and communities where they serve. This training fulfills the anti-racism training standards of most Disciples ministries.

Peace and Reconciliation in Korean Peninsula (continued from previous session)

General Assembly resolution GA-1522 “A Call for Peace, Justice and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula” passed with overwhelming support. But for many, this issue is often very difficult to understand partly because the lack of correct information or misinformation. This workshop will deal with some questions relating to this important issue and the church’s role in this reconciliation work.

Included is the history of the division, the Korean War, and the decades long confrontation in the Korean Peninsula. Why have previous talks been unsuccessful? Why are these talks happening now? What actions can Christians take to promote peace?

Presenters: Rev. Chung Seong Kim and others who have been involved in the important ecumenical effort for the reconciliation of Korean Peninsula

Being Disciples: Holding Together What Sometimes Tries To Fly Apart, Part I (continued from previous session)

Disciples have historically claimed to have a distinctive identity within the one body of Christ. But do Disciples still agree on the marks of this identity? Is our covenant strong enough to hold us together in the face of disagreement? In a substantial revision of their book from 2009, Michael Kinnamon and Jan Linn address these questions, giving particular attention to racial and ethnic diversity within our church and to the challenges facing all of Christianity in the 21st century. In Part I, Kinnamon and Linn will share their observations on where we are as Disciples based on their research and writing of the new book, then participants will share their own observations. In Part II (on Tuesday afternoon), a diverse panel will distill the prior day’s lessons and look forward at what our denomination may look like in an increasingly multicultural church.

Presenters: Michael Kinnamon and Jan Linn

Tuesday

Session 1: 1:30-2:50 PM

Setting Healthy Boundaries 102 – Laity and Clergy (continues in next session)

This is the second of the two classes required for clergy to satisfy the Boundary Training requirement for all regions. However, laity are invited to join this second session as we discuss the boundary issues common to both clergy and laity: hugging and touch, intimacy, social media issues, gift giving, dual relationships, dating, friendships, etc.

This book is suggested for laity joining the second class. Cost is $15.00.

Should I Start a Church or a Nonprofit? A Workshop for Ministry Entrepreneurs in Discernment (continues in next session)

Join Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation and National Benevolent Association in interactive discernment exercises to discover the call to do ministry differently. The New Church Movement and Incubate Initiative collaborate to create space to explore the why, the what, and the everything in between of starting new ministries. What is social entrepreneurship? And, for that matter, what is church? Determine which is right for you.

Presenters: Pastor Terrell L. McTyer, Minister of New Church Strategies at Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation and Rev. Ayanna Johnson Watkins, Director of the Incubate Initiative

Making a Difference in Human Trafficking, Earth Care, and the Palestinian Occupation

This workshop will offer participants an overview of human trafficking, Earth care, and the Palestinian occupation and how money management intersects with these issues. Come learn about how our church is responding to these important topics and how we – individually and communally – can make a difference.

Presenters: Carol Devine, Pat Donahoo, Gary Kidwell, Peter Makari, and Marilyn Fiddmont (Moderator)

Is Our Building More Tent or Temple? Should We Remodel, Relocate, or Re-envision?

Buildings can be both a wonderful asset and/or challenging barrier to effective and life-giving ministry. This workshop will explore Israel’s relationship to both the Temple and Tent in its worship life, and then relate it to the current building and location challenges facing Disciples churches. Come with questions and take away positive solutions to help your church move forward.

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Craig M Walls. Craig is a Building and Capital Services Advisor for Disciples Church Extension Fund. Before his work with DCEF, Craig was the founder and Senior Pastor of SouthPointe Christian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Craig served that congregation for over 15 years. During his tenure, Craig led numerous building projects, capital campaigns, and creative land lease/use opportunities for the congregation.

Financial Things I Never Learned in Seminary – How to Keep the Church Finances in Order without Compromising Ministry!

Every pastor has a list of important topics that weren’t covered in a seminary classroom, and overseeing church finances is often at the top of that list. Learn how to build the financial tools needed to handle financial administration in your church. With a focus on financial stewardship and ministry planning, this workshop will help you strategize for your church’s financial stability.

Presenter: Belinda King. Belinda joined Disciples Church Extension Fund in January of 2012. She has more than 16 years of banking experience in business, commercial lending, investment management and client services. Belinda currently serves as an Assistant Vice President and is a Building and Capital Services Advisor.

#LC2 (continues in next session)

As the Church seeks to live out the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18 – 20), we can only do so by first equipping God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. (Esp.4:12). #LC2 is a workshop designed to bring together lay and clergy leadership in a shared learning environment to explore the topics of shared leadership between lay and clergy, crafting a ministerial Letter of Call, conducting a productive pastoral evaluation, and creating engaging and efficient board meetings.

Presenters: Jackie Bunch, Rev. Mary Lou Kegler, Rev. Marilyn Fiddmont, Rev. Dale Braxton and Others

Mental Health: Creating an Effective Congregational Mental Health Ministry (continues in next session)

This workshop will offer foundational mental health education for congregational use, practical strategies for building congregational based mental health ministries, and theological formation for congregations working toward countering prejudice against mental illness in our congregations. Part 1 will explore cultural norms and stigmas that exist in our congregations about mental health challenges, offer transformative ways to address these stigmas, and discuss practical ways to engage congregational cultural to be more welcoming and inclusive of persons with mental health challenges. Part 2 will offer the practical realities of starting a congregational based ministry, strategies for success, and unique pointers as to how the church can support mental health maintenance and recovery.

Presenters: Angela Whitenhill, Hector Hernandez and others

Bringing All Ages Together in Worship and at Home (continues in next session)

1 out of every 10 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.

Presenters: Rev. Olivia Bryan Updegrove, Lisa Engleken

Breaking Barriers: Talking stories and struggles — college students only (continues in next session)

A forum created specifically for current and incoming college students focused on experiences of social issues on college campuses. This is a two-part forum. Part I will entail sharing both our stories and struggles on our campuses. Part II provides resources and ministries available through our Church for action. Part II will include a panel of representative from HELM, Reconciliation Ministries, NBA, Disciples Alliance, and our college and university chaplains.

Death and Resurrection in Latin America and the Caribbean: an approach to environmental, social and human rights issues in the Region

The workshop will address the issue of violence in the region and its manifestations through politics, indigenous cultures, and the environment as it is experienced from the communities and organizations represented by the resource persons at the workshop. Dictatorship in Argentina, civil war in Guatemala, and the passing of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico will be the key moments in recent history covered by the workshop. This will create a comprehensive look into the discussion of the theme, and also examine how Partners are dealing with those challenges, bringing the light of hope and resurrection into their respective countries.

Presenters: Partners from Latin America and the Caribbean and Rev. Angel Luis Rivera-Agosto, Global Ministries Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean

Advocacy for Global Citizens

Issues like human trafficking, religious freedom, refugee care, fair trade, human rights, and climate justice are important to Global Ministries and international partners. Come learn about ways that you and your congregation can engage in advocacy with global partners.

Presenter: Rebekah Choate, Global Ministries Associate for Global Advocacy and Education

Being Disciples: Holding Together What Sometimes Tries To Fly Apart, Part II (continued from yesterday)

Disciples have historically claimed to have a distinctive identity within the one body of Christ. But do Disciples still agree on the marks of this identity? Is our covenant strong enough to hold us together in the face of disagreement? In a substantial revision of their book from 2009, Michael Kinnamon and Jan Linn address these questions, giving particular attention to racial and ethnic diversity within our church and to the challenges facing all of Christianity in the 21st century. In Part I, Kinnamon and Linn will share their observations on where we are as Disciples based on their research and writing of the new book, then participants will share their own observations. In Part II, a diverse panel will distill the prior day’s lessons and look forward at what our denomination may look like in an increasingly multicultural church.

Presenters: Michael Kinnamon, Jan Linn, panel

Session 2: 3:00-4:30 PM

Setting Healthy Boundaries 102 – Laity and Clergy (continued from previous session)

This is the second of the two classes required for clergy to satisfy the Boundary Training requirement for all regions. However, laity are invited to join this second session as we discuss the boundary issues common to both clergy and laity: hugging and touch, intimacy, social media issues, gift giving, dual relationships, dating, friendships, etc.

This book is suggested for laity joining the second class. Cost is $15.00.

Should I Start a Church or a Nonprofit? A Workshop for Ministry Entrepreneurs in Discernment (continued from previous session)

Join Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation and National Benevolent Association in interactive discernment exercises to discover the call to do ministry differently. The New Church Movement and Incubate Initiative collaborate to create space to explore the why, the what, and the everything in between of starting new ministries. What is social entrepreneurship? And, for that matter, what is church? Determine which is right for you.

Presenters: Pastor Terrell L. McTyer, Minister of New Church Strategies at Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation and Rev. Ayanna Johnson Watkins, Director of the Incubate Initiative

Administrando Nuestros Recursos Financieros

Como usamos el dinero en la iglesia dice mucho acerca de lo que creemos. Este taller ayudara a los miembros de nuestra iglesia a usar sus recursos financieros para tener un gran impacto en la misión de Dios. Descubra como leer y preparar estados financieros, las oportunidades de ministerio que sus finanzas pueden darle y aprenda a planificar para ejecutar grandes proyectos.

Presenter: Rev. Rosario Ibarra. Rosario is a Building and Capital Services Advisor for Disciples Church Extension Fund. Originally from Peru, she has a background in financial loans and Christian ministry. In her role with DCEF, Rosario provides congregations with culturally relevant strategic planning, building planning, capital fundraising, and loan and investment services.

Is Our Building Helping or Hindering our Ministry?

Is your building the right size for your congregation of today? Are you in the perfect location for success? Do utility and maintenance costs take funding away from your mission? Have you stepped back a few decades in time when you walk into your church? Are there barriers that stop you from moving freely throughout your building? In this workshop, we will talk about these questions (and others) and share how some congregations addressed similar issues to achieve that enhances ministry.

Presenter: Jim Michel. Jim is a Building and Capital Services Advisor with Disciples Church Extension Fund and coordinates DCEF’s Disaster Response service. Jim has worked on steel grinders of high-rise building as well as in mines hundreds of feet underground. He knows that Holy Places take many forms. Jim has 35 years of experience in civil engineering, land surveying, facilities and construction management. He is well equipped to help churches assess the condition and viability of their facilities and to assist them in developing long range plans for using their buildings for ministry and mission.

Practical Giving: Good Gifts that Trim Taxes and Maximize Ministry

Beyond the methods of giving, there is the motivation to give. With the new tax laws now in place, people are finding that the “pocket” from which they give will have a greater impact on how much they can afford to give. By expanding our thinking about ways we can support our church, we can increase the impact of our giving while reducing the cost of those gifts. Church leaders who understand giving options can help members make better gifts. Giving techniques to benefit the church and create a lasting legacy, along with other tax-efficient giving methods, will be presented during this workshop. The goal is to make all of us better givers, to move more money to ministry, both now and for the future.

Presenters: Kirby Gould, Christian Church Foundation North Central Zone Vice President and Ruth Weaver, Christian Church Foundation Senior Vice President

#LC2 (continued from previous session)

As the Church seeks to live out the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18 – 20), we can only do so by first equipping God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. (Esp.4:12). #LC2 is a workshop designed to bring together lay and clergy leadership in a shared learning environment to explore the topics of shared leadership between lay and clergy, crafting a ministerial Letter of Call, conducting a productive pastoral evaluation, and creating engaging and efficient board meetings.

Presenters: Jackie Bunch, Rev. Mary Lou Kegler, Rev. Marilyn Fiddmont, Rev. Dale Braxton and Others

Mental Health: Creating an Effective Congregational Mental Health Ministry (continued from previous session)

This workshop will offer foundational mental health education for congregational use, practical strategies for building congregational based mental health ministries, and theological formation for congregations working toward countering prejudice against mental illness in our congregations. Part 1 will explore cultural norms and stigmas that exist in our congregations about mental health challenges, offer transformative ways to address these stigmas, and discuss practical ways to engage congregational cultural to be more welcoming and inclusive of persons with mental health challenges. Part 2 will offer the practical realities of starting a congregational based ministry, strategies for success, and unique pointers as to how the church can support mental health maintenance and recovery.

Presenters: Angela Whitenhill, Hector Hernandez and others

Bringing All Ages Together in Worship and at Home (continued from previous session)

1 out of every 10 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.

Presenters: Rev. Olivia Bryan Updegrove, Lisa Engleken

Breaking Barriers: Talking stories and struggles — college students only (continued from previous session)

A forum created specifically for current and incoming college students focused on experiences of social issues on college campuses. This is a two-part forum. Part I will entail sharing both our stories and struggles on our campuses. Part II provides resources and ministries available through our Church for action. Part II will include a panel of representative from HELM, Reconciliation Ministries, NBA, Disciples Alliance, and our college and university chaplains.

Hearing the story: Perspectives from Africa

Come hear from African partners of Global Ministries and learn about the joys and challenges they face in their daily life and work. This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees to learn more about what is happening in the region from the perspectives of global partners.

Presenters: Partners from Africa and Reverend Marco Cable, Global Ministries Executive for Africa

Do You Hear the Call? Opportunities to Serve with Global Ministries

This workshop is for anyone and everyone who feels a call to serve with Global Ministries – as short term volunteers, long term volunteers, or supported missionaries. It is also for those who would like to help their congregation or church group get more involved in global mission – through participating in a people-to-people pilgrimage/mission trip, sponsoring a child or setting up prayer support for our mission co-workers and global partners. Come, get connected, and serve!

Presenters: Mission co-workers and Dr. Catherine Nichols, Global Ministries Executive for Mission Personnel

Our Second Fifty Years

This panel discussion of The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Merger Agreement that joined the National Christian Missionary Convention and the International Convention of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) reviews the history and theological grounding of these two “founding documents” of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a denomination in 1968. Disciples leaders and scholars, including Disciples General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens reflect on the vision that shaped these important documents, assess where we stand as a church as we begin our second fifty years as a denomination, and imagine where we go from here.