Our Keynote Speaker

The Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana is a writer, free-range pastor, speaker, and ministry coach living in the Virginia suburbs of DC. 

Like many authors, MaryAnn writes the books that she herself longs to read. So as a recovering perfectionist who likes her backup plans to have backup plans, she penned God, Improv, and the Art of Living, about embracing improvisation as a spiritual and life practice. And as a twitchy workaholic seeking to find balance in a 24/7 world, she wrote 2012’s Sabbath in the Suburbs, which turned out to be a Chalice Press bestseller for two years running and a “must read” by Ministry Matters. (Apparently other people are dealing with that stuff too?) She speaks to groups about these and other topics. In addition to her books, her writing has appeared in TIME.com, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Journal for Preachers, Coaching World, and the Christian Century, and in a monthly column for Presbyterians Today for three years. She was featured on PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for her work on Sabbath and was recognized by the Presbyterian Writers Guild with the 2015-2016 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award.

She is a sought-after speaker, preacher, conference leader and writer around issues of leadership, faith formation, and congregational transformation. She served as co-chair for two years of NEXT Church, a movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA) that seeks to call forth vital ministry for our changing cultural context. She is a parish associate at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, VA, and adjunct faculty at the George Washington University School of Medicine, working alongside physician mentors to teach clinical skills, interviewing, and patient coaching and care. MaryAnn is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas and received her M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is a mother of three, an imperfect knitter, and an occasional ultramarathoner. Connect with her at her website.  

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Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Psalm 34:8a

Based on the Lord’s financial provision for use this past year, there will be no price increase for the 2021 Conference Year! Praise God!

That said, many hands make light work. Many individuals help to make ASC a reality. You too can support ASC. Pray. Share. Give. Come

Pray – We covet your prayers for our upcoming Annual Gathering.

Share – Walking daily with Jesus can be difficult; find someone to encourage today.

Give – Financial gifts are always welcome and help make the conference more affordable for those in smaller churches.

Come – We are excited about seeing YOU at our Annual Gathering, March 2021!

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We are praying for YOU!

Dig Into God’s Word

Spend time hearing from God

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Maryann McKibben Dana will be sharing God’s word with us.

Sabbath Together

Saint Simon’s is a great place to come, rest, and be refreshed.

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Conference Year 2021 – Gathering at Saint Simon’s for another wonderful year!

Join us and re-energize with worship, relaxation, & prayer at our 34th Annual Conference & Retreat!

Association of Smaller Congregations

Sponsored by the Synod of the South Atlantic, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Dates: March 19-21, 2021,

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. For more information and registration find us online and join the conversation on Facebook.

[email protected]    www.presbyasc.org   706-373-9480

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Conference Schedule – 2021

Conference Schedule  (subject to change)

2:00 – 4:00 pm  Registration
4:30 -5:30 Welcoming and Ice Breakers
5:30 – 6:45 pm   Supper
7:00 pm               Opening Worship and Prayer Circles

7:00 – 8:20 am  Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 am  Gathering Praises
8:45 – 10:00 am  Keynote Address
10:30 – 11:45  Workshop Session I
11:45 – 12:00 – Bring the morning to a close
12:00 – 1:00 pm  Lunch
1:10 – 2:25 pm  Workshop Session II
2:30 – 3:00 Prayer Circles
3:00 – Optional Choir Practice
3:00 – til  Optional Activities
5:30 – 7:00pm  Dinner at Epworth
7:00 – Game Night/Music Jam Session

7:00 – 8:00 am  Breakfast & Checkout
8:10 – 8:40 am  Final Prayer Circles
8:45 – 10:00 am  Workshop Deep Dive
10:00 – 10:15 am  Break
10:15 – 10:45 am  Business Meeting
10:45 – 12:00 noon  Worship & Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Noon – Conference ends with lunch

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Epworth by the Sea

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