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Workshops sponsored by Living Waters Presbytery in the Fall 2018:

Developing Small Group Ministry (same workshop is offered twice)

A day filled with experiential learning and practical ideas for creating a sustainable and significant ministry of engaging in circle conversations / small groups that are responsive to the community within and beyond the congregation. There will be an optional follow-up through online conversations to support the development of this ministry.  Small Groups provide safe space for meaningful conversations, deepening relationships, laughter and tears, and are based on any topic of common interest.  This is a good way to reach out to the wider community to respond to one of our greatest longings to have a sense of belonging in a healthy life-giving community.  Facilitator: Karen Hilfman Millson 

Developing Community Partners, October 27

We are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of developing relationships and partnerships for mission and ministry rather than working in isolation.  Our capacity to achieve our goals increases as we develop partnerships with other United Churches or with organizations in our community.  Working in partnerships requires skills and practices for deep conversations, respectful dialogue and building trust so that the wisdom and gifts among us are shared.  Come develop your skills through the use of Appreciative Inquiry, Asset Mapping, Art of Hosting practices and strategies for identifying and inviting partners into conversation.  Facilitators: Ted Reeve, Karen Hilfman Millson, Joe Ramsay, Allan Reeve, and more. 

Being Church in Times of Cultural Shifts: A Day Away for Lay People, November 17

We are in the midst of huge cultural, economic and religious shifts.  In these times of uncertainty, we need to adapt with innovative ways to pursue God’s common good / God’s Kindom.  Join with others to explore some ways forward.  We’ll look at some of the barriers but mostly work together to imagine concrete ways to address these challenges. An energizing way to spend a day with other United Church people.  Facilitators are Ted Reeve and Karen Hilfman Millson.

Ministry in Times of Cultural Change as We Seek the Common Good: A Day Away for Clergy, November 20

We are in the midst of huge cultural, economic and religious shifts.  In these times of uncertainty, we need to adapt with innovative ways to pursue God’s common good / God’s Kindom.  Join with colleagues to explore some ways forward.  We’ll look at some of the barriers but mostly work together to imagine concrete ways to address these challenges.  An energizing way to spend a day with colleagues led by Ted Reeve and Karen Hilfman Millson.

Getting to Know You Celebrations

In October and November, GETTING TO KNOW YOU CELEBRATIONS are being planned.  An hour and a half to mix and mingle and get to know others from Communities of Faith near you.  If you are interested in hosting one of the eight gatherings, please contact Karen at khilfman@united-church.ca.  The menu will be simple with the theme of water, so sparkling water, watermelon, etc.

Faith Community Innovations

You are invited to join a nine-month process to revitalize your mission and ministry. Starting this fall, Hosting Sacred Conversations consultants Joe Ramsay and Allan Smith-Reeve will prototype a nine-month program for congregations and congregation clusters.  The program integrates an Appreciative Inquiry lens with Art of Hosting conversation and community development practices.   The program will enable faith communities to discern God’s call to innovative ministry and provide the tools to move from inspiration to action. 

We will begin with an event October 28 – 30, 2018 where two leaders from each congregation (or cluster) are trained in the practices that the program employs.  Participants develop an understanding of appreciative inquiry, complex systems theory and community development.  You will experience the practices employed by the program, including the circle way, world cafe, open space technology and participatory planning methods. 

Locally, you will establish a leadership team who will use the program resource materials to guide the faith community through the four phases of the program: 
1) preparation and promotion – getting your faith community on board (2-3 months);
2) small group gatherings (2-4 months);
3) discerning innovations for ministry with potential partners (2-3 months);
4) safe-to-fail experiments (ongoing).

Following the training program, leaders will participate in monthly video conferences where you will receive (and share) support as you implement the program in your faith community.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact Joe Ramsay and Allan Smith-Reeve at 1-855-572-6729 or Karen Hilfman Millson at khilman@united-church.ca.  Living Waters Presbytery is financially supporting this opportunity with some cost to participants toward room and board though scholarships to cover those costs are available. 

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