KEEPING TO THE HEART OF OUR STORY
“Keeping to the Heart of our Story” is a workshop that explores how the whole Bible is a single message of the unfolding grace of God that culminates in the person and work of Christ. Excavating the grace of God from all of Scripture not only provides a necessary interpretive lens for faithful preaching of the Word, but also provides the Gospel power necessary for Christian faithfulness in every area and day of life. Jesus said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” If our proclamation of his Word neglects his grace, then we deprive our people of the power they require to live for him. Biblical grace does not lead to license, but to a heart of commitment empowered by the One who gave himself for us. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commands.” The proclamation that stimulates such love, is the power of the Gospel for Christian faithfulness. *Please note that this workshop will only be offered during Breakout Session I.
Dr. Bryan Chapell is Senior Pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois. He has previously served as a professor and as President of Covenant Theological Seminary, and has authored a number of influential books, including Christ-Centered Preaching. Dr. Chapell’s experience in the Presbyterian Church in America is particularly helpful to us as we lay the foundation for the Anglican Church in North America.
GOD, SEX, AND UNIVERSAL LONGING - Part I
This workshop will be in three parts over the course of the three breakout sessions during the Assembly.
Part I, “Theology of the Body: A Bold, Biblical Response to the Sexual Revolution,” will address the sexual revolution that presents an enormous challenge to the church. How are we to respond? Christians across denominational lines are discovering the answer in the late John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. This bold, biblical response to the sexual chaos of today’s world is transforming lives, healing relationships, and saving marriages around the globe. Join Christopher West, the world’s most widely recognized teacher of the Theology of the Body, as he unfolds this life-changing vision of human life, love, and sexuality in a way that Christians of any background can understand and embrace.
Christopher West is Founder and President of The Cor Project and an internationally recognized lecturer, professor, and author.
PROCLAIMING CHRIST IN A POST-CHRISTIAN AGE
More information coming soon.
VOCATION IS MISSION: MINISTRY THROUGH THE MARKETPLACE
In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest throughout the church exploring the integral role of people’s labors and work to the labor and work of God in the world. There is much more to ‘ministry in the marketplace’ than evangelism and ethics, and the broader importance of work is being newly recognized. Since 95% of our parishioners work outside of church settings, this recovery is good news for them. This workshop will explore why our work is central to God’s work, and why this message matters so deeply in our congregations. This workshop is offered in conjunction with the workshop “Discipling Your Church on Vocation“ led by Andy Crouch during Breakout Session II.
Rev. Bill Haley is the Executive Director of Coracle, a ministry of “spiritual formation for Kingdom action.”
BECOMING A HEALING CHURCH: HEALING AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH
The three breakout sessions on healing prayer are a series, but each can also stand alone as a valuable workshop. They are based on Jesus’ instruction in Luke 10:9, “Heal the sick and say to them, ‘the kingdom of God has come near to you’.” There is perhaps no more visible sign of the inbreaking of the Kingdom of God on earth than healing through prayer. How do we become not only churches that heal, but a healing Church? Wherever Jesus went, people were healed and set free – what better way is there to proclaim the gospel? The first of this series of workshops will explore the history of healing in the Church, what the Holy Spirit is doing today, and how to participate in the reemergence of that ministry.
Rev. Kathleen Christopher is Associate Rector and Director of the Healing and Prayer Ministries at The Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, Virginia.
WHAT REBRANDING REEBOK, REBOOTING NINJA TURTLES, AND PLANTING RESTORATION ANGLICAN TAUGHT US ABOUT CHURCH MARKETING
Josh Chambers and David Hanke
Has the church’s imagination for telling its story been hijacked by pop-culture, advertising and a language of inevitability? Do our attempts at telling the story of our churches merely mirror what the world tells us marketing should be? Furthermore, should we even “market" our churches publicly? And, if so, what tools should we use to do so? If we really believe the gospel is the best possible news, and if we really believe that the local church is a primary vehicle for delivering that good news, then our ability to navigate today’s communication channels to share that news is of incredible importance and represents a significant opportunity. In this workshop we will take a look at popular tools such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and help you imagine how to tell your church's story with excellence and in a manner that redeems the medium as well as the message.
Josh Chambers is Founder and CEO of Earmark, developer of a mobile app for personal budgeting. A veteran of the advertising industry, he worked with such notable clients as Reebok, Advil, Centrum, and Puma. Rev. David Hanke is the Rector of Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington, Virginia.
THE BLESSINGS AND CHALLENGES OF BEING A CLERGY SPOUSE
Susan Alexander Yates
In this session, we’ll take an honest look at the blessings and the challenges of being a clergy spouse. We will talk about questions like: How do we raise kids in a fish bowl, handle pain in the parish, respond to criticism of our clergy spouses, balance ministry and family, deal with financial challenges, and discern realistic expectations for us? We’ll also explore some of the incredible blessings we have in this calling. This breakout session will include lots of Q&A and time for discussion.
Susan Yates has been a clergy spouse for 43 years as the wife of John Yates, Rector of The Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, Virginia. She is a noted author, blogger, and speaker on Christian marriage and family life.