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Bishop's Evangelism Conference

Location: Camp Allen, 18800 FM 362, Navasota, TX US 77868

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The Bishop’s Conference on Evangelism, at Camp Allen November 11-12, is a destination for lay and clergy who want to broaden the welcome of their own congregations and to deepen the Christian experience of both members and guests.   

 

“This is one of the most richly packed 24 hours we have ever planned,” said Bishop Doyle. “I hope that our lay leaders and clergy will take advantage of the ideas and tools that will be presented to help them deepen the lives of their members as well as learn how to better invite and include newcomers in our church families.” 

 

The conference is designed to help participants share their own stories of faith, provide essential tools for the ministries of invitation, welcome and connection for newcomers and provide inspiration and ideas for sharing the Gospel beyond our churches through extraordinary methods and venues.

 

Bishop Andy Doyle will keynote, and workshop leaders will offer practical, tested ideas and resources for participants to take home.

 

The Conference begins Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. and a closing Eucharist will conclude by 3 p.m. on Saturday so people will have time to drive home that afternoon.  Cost of the conference is $110 per person and includes room, meals and program. Day rates for commuters is $75 and a Saturday only rate of $50 is offered. 

 

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SCHEDULE:

Friday
10:30 – 2:00 Registration and check in
11:30 – 12:00 Bishop meets with clergy
2:00 – 2:45 Plenary 1 – Bishop Doyle
3:00 – 4:00 Workshop 1
4:15 – 5:15
Plenary 2: 4 Stories of Success featuring Bruce Bonner, Stuart Bates, Jim Liberatore & Janice Jones
6:55 – 7:55 Workshop 2 – Each Plenary 2 presenter will go deeper with their details of their success stories              
8:00 – 8:40
Plenary 3 – Kathy Culmer will facilitate sharing stories of faith
8:50 – 9:15 Taize worship
9:15 Social 
Saturday
9:00 – 9:45 Plenary 4 – Bishop Doyle 
10:00 – 11:00 Workshop 3 – Bruce Bonner, Stuart Bates, Jim Liberatore, Janice Jones, Kathy Culmer, Carol Barnwell
11:15 – 12:00 Plenary 5 – Bishop Doyle
1:00 – 2:00 Workshop 4 
2:15 – 3:15  Closing Eucharist – The Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison

 

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

Bruce Bonner & Team – Kids Say the Darndest Things in Church:  Reinventing Sunday to Evangelize a Younger Community
Christ Church, Cedar Park, was a congregational restart in 2006.  Since then the church has experienced 37 percent growth, due mostly to reprioritizing mission and ministry towards evangelism to children and youth.  This workshop will focus on why REINVENTING your children’s and youth programs becomes so important - learn techniques, skills and curriculum that attract and sustain a younger, vibrant community.

Stuart Bates – Evangelism focus on building newcomer ministry and focus on school, St. Francis, Houston

Jim Liberatore &  Debbie Allensworth - The Entrepreneurial Church
The parish is the city and the church is not a building. First century Christians understood this. No longer can we engage a rapidly changing twenty-first century world with a twentieth century mindset. Move “outside the walls” in this practical, idea-filled workshop on revitalizing church and engaging the community.

Kathy Culmer – Come…See…Could This Be The Christ? Telling Personal Faith Stories
Evangelism in the twenty first century will require us to become more comfortable naming the One who is the Source of Life within and among us. This means becoming adept at telling our own stories of transformation and at hearing others’ moments of encounter with  God,” says David Gortner in Transforming Evangelism.  In this workshop we will hear, recall  and share holy moments of encounters with Christ and explore practical ways of sharing the good news.

Carol E. Barnwell & LaShane Eaglin – Really, really reaching out …
What do people see when they look at your church? Your website? Do they see themselves in your midst? How do you reach them? How do you ramp up your current church events to make them evangelism events? Great ideas and the answers to all your questions here.

Justin Lindstrom - The Eternal Footprint
God has a purpose for you and your church.  According to Ephesians 2:8-10, we are called to good works that God has already imprinted upon us.  This workshop will help individuals and congregations become missional in their focus, purposeful in their action and leave an eternal footprint that is of God’s design and creation.

Mary Parmer – Newcomer Ministry = Invitation > Welcome > Connection
Imagine if we overcame our fear of Invitation (Evangelism), if we obeyed Jesus’ gospel mandate to Welcome the stranger into our midst and if we cultivated the essential Connection in our congregations.  Compelling stories are emerging from congregations that are taking newcomer ministry seriously, as one by one they are being transformed.  In this workshop, Mary Parmer will present assessment tools, creative materials and concrete resources created specifically for use and implementation of the essentials of newcomer ministry in our congregations.

Janice Jones – One church, two altars – starting up a satellite

Alex Montes – Focusing on evangelism to a diversity of cultures

John Newton – Leading with renewal in mind
A congregation will not grow numerically or spiritually without strong leadership, both lay and ordained.  Leaders with a passion for evangelism will not be able to keep everyone happy and must act from a principled set of vision and values.  The assumption of this workshop is that evangelism is an issue of leadership and considers the leader’s own being and presence as key to congregational renewal.   

Jeff Fisher/James Derkits/Matthew Boulter –  Fresh Expressions, St. Marks between the Bayous, Boulter (young adult service)

 

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