WORKSHOP OPTIONS | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3RD | 1:00P.M. – 4:00P.M.
Kindling Desire for God: Formational Preaching/Teaching | Dr. Richard Hovey
Often, preaching and teaching connects with the mind, but can miss other elements of our being; namely, our hearts and hands. In this workshop, we’ll look at the various aspects of the human self and how teaching and preaching can connect holistically with an awareness of cultural and social contexts for relevantly communicating the gospel.
Spiritual Formation 101 | Dr. Paul Brammer
This workshop will explore basic issues, assumptions, and emphases in spiritual formation including how it compares to discipleship programs. There will be time given to questions and discussion.
Corporate Worship as Formation | Carolyn Arends
Does ongoing participation in corporate worship serve an integral, dynamic role in your transformation into Christlikeness? Teachers of Christian spiritual formation have long argued that, in the words of James K. A. Smith, “worship is the heart of discipleship.” And yet, worship—especially the corporate worship we experience when we “do Church”—can sometimes be the engine of more dissension than transformation. In this session, geared towards both worship leaders and worship participants, we’ll explore practical ways to overcome several common barriers to healthy congregational worship. We’ll work together to recapture a vision for the kind of worship that propels us deeper into the goodness and love of the Triune God, the kind of worship that changes us forever.
BREAKOUT OPTIONS | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 | 9:00A.M. – 10:30A.M.
Spiritual Leadership: Transforming Leaders, Transforming Congregations | Dr. Lee Beach
Christian leadership is full of demands, both for those in vocational ministry and those who volunteer at the leadership level. We understand that our leadership effectiveness is ultimately rooted in our own connectedness to Christ, yet it can be a challenge to cultivate that connectedness and also meet the demands of our lives. This workshop will explore a theology of spirituality for the ministering person as well as offer some perspectives on how to think about integrating ministry leadership and spiritual vitality. A paradigm for spiritual leadership will be offered and some implications for practice will be considered.
Children’s Spirituality: What it is And Why it Matters | Rev’d Canon Dr. Andrew Sheldon
Traditional forms of faith formation and spiritual nurture of children have seen the child as an empty vessel that needs to be spiritually filled by adults. Research has shown, however, that children are innately spiritual; full of God, full of spirit. This session will explore aspects of children’s spirituality and offer strategies for nurturing the inborn spirituality of the child.
Missional Spiritual Formation | Robynn Bliss
This breakout will examine the integration of formation and mission in order to release people into the mission of God. We will look at how to create missional communities in local churches through a formation process that ignites people’s hearts for the poor and deepens their intimacy with God.
BREAKOUT OPTIONS | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 | 11A.M. – 12:30P.M.
Faith Practice: Engaging the Next Generation | Meghan Matthews
Often, we forget that teenagers are capable of immense faith and wait for them to be fully formed adults before acknowledging their value and place within our faith communities. By intentional community and shifting our focus from performance (behaviour) to practice (belonging) we can open up the unique way God has called each member of the next generation to His service and build relationships that create disciples. This workshop will explore ways in which churches and youth ministries can engage the next generation for mutual understanding of the kingdom and person of Jesus.
Lectio Divina as a Transforming Practice | Dr. Catherine McMulkin
Lectio Divina, literally divine reading, is an ancient practice of praying the Scriptures. In this experiential breakout, we will explore the theological basis and movement of Lectio Divina, take part in the practice and posture of Lectio Divina and discern it’s relevance for the 21st Century Church.
Spiritual Direction in the Life of the Church; Soul Care’s Home | Rev. Rick Wukasch
This breakout offers a theological, practical and experiential exploration of spiritual direction: a deep, soul-care practice that supports, interprets, and nurtures our engagement with the Lord. We will explore how God shapes us personally and corporately through spiritual direction within the relationships and ministries of the local church.