Our keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine—a pastor and professor, as well as an author and advocate. He is part of a group of national social justice leaders who speak for the equality of all human beings, while advocating for policies of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
Participants will receive a copy of his new book, Called to Reconciliation: How the Church Can Model Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion (Not yet available on Amazon)
Part I: Introduction to Matthew 25: Overview & Resources
As Christians, Matthew 25 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive, and we wake up to new possibilities. We welcome you to learn about the Matthew 25 invitation, and explore the three focuses of dismantling structural racism, eradicating systemic poverty and what it means to be a vital congregation. We will also review some of the resources available to you, your mission committee and congregation from the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Part II: Taking Matthew 25: Justice
You already know about the Matthew 25 vision of the PC(USA). Now, we’ll explore together practical ways your congregation can get involved justice efforts in the denomination. Join us to learn about pathways that Presbyterians engage in Justice efforts in local communities and around the world. Walk away with practical tools and ideas for next steps!
Bio – Steve is married to Carol and has two adult daughters (Emily & Sarah) and six grandchildren. Steve and Carol live in Salisbury, Maryland. Steve is a former certified public accountant and became a staff missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) in 2002. He served with CRU through 2008 and in 2009 along with Carol formed Living Faith Ministries (LFM), a missionary organization in Maryland. He is currently serving as a missionary with LFM.
The focus of Steve’s ministry has been making disciples of Christ. For the first 17 years of ministry, Steve focused on life-on-life discipleship/mentoring with men while partnering with the local church. Beginning in January 2020, the ministry focus shifted to disciple making movements (DMM). Steve is an ordained pastor with the Southern Baptist denomination. Steve has taken short term mission trips to nine different countries giving discipleship training, evangelistic outreaches and reaching out to the poor.
Workship – Raising the Sails to Disciple Making Movements
As a sailor cannot control the wind, we cannot control when the Lord will move in an unbeliever’s heart, but we can be prepared when He does. In this workshop, we will examine how we can put up our sails and be prepared to make disciples in everyday living. This workshop may encourage you to make mind shifts that could change your life.
Title: Reclaiming Wholeness: Interfaith Chaplaincy and the Need for Belonging Description: In this workshop, we will explore the ways in which young people experience religion outside the church context. While the past two years have been a challenge for many. Young people, in particular, have become increasingly isolated, burned out, and lonely during a time when being with peers is developmentally essential. As an interfaith chaplain working at both large universities and small liberal arts colleges, I can tell you, this is not normal. How do we, as the Church, reach emerging adults in their time of need, and what can other religions teach us about this need for belonging?
Bio – Liz Perraud is Executive Director of GenOn Ministries, a nonprofit organization that partners with churches to nurture, grow, and deepen intergenerational relationships through training, resources, and support. Liz has more than 30 years of experience in the field of Christian faith formation and frequently speaks and leads training in the US and Canada (or wherever Zoom will take her). She is a contributor to “InterGenerate” (“The Art of Christian Relationships” chapter) and “Engage All Generations” (“Intergenerational Community Around the Table” chapter).
Workshop: Intergenerational Ministry Pathways
We will explore the concept of intergenerational ministry to discover why and how gathering multiple generations together for fellowship, worship, study, and service is important for faith development and church vitality.
Bio – Beth Lindsay Templeton is currently the transitional pastor at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC and the author of eleven books. She is also the Founder and CEO of Our Eyes Were Opened, Inc. (www.oewo.org) which helps people with resources enlarge their understanding about people who live in poverty in order to increase compassion and decrease judgment.
Workshop: Unchartered Journey
Uncharted Journey considers the transitions of getting older and other life events through the lenses of loss, letting go, and growth. Using interaction and discussion, participants gain Biblical and personal tools for their life journey
Join us and re-energize with worship & prayer at our 35th Annual Conference & Retreat!
Association of Smaller Congregations
Sponsored by the Synod of the South Atlantic, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Dates: March 18-20, 2022.
The Association of Smaller Congregations (ASC) was organized in 1987 to serve congregations in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina having fewer than 200 members. The group seeks in their conferences to lift up these smaller congregations, offering tools and support, promoting their unique strengths and needs, and providing opportunities for fellowship, education, creative thinking and sharing.
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