New Ministries for a New Generation: Discussing The Elephant in the Sanctuary

8/13/2015

The Texas Annual Conference is hosting a conversation for church leaders (lay and clergy) ready to strategize new ways to do church. Experts Kenda Dean and Mark DeVries from Ministry Incubators (www.ministryincubators.com) will lead this interactive conversation on Saturday, January 16 from 9am-noon at The Woodlands UMC at a cost of $10 each. Long time friends and ministry collaborators, Kenda and Mark created Ministry Incubators to help churches, groups of churches, and missional entrepreneurs imagine, invent, and innovate new expressions of the church. 
 
Why attend?
Event organizer Rev. Jeff Olive says, “There is little question that these are challenging days for the church, leaving many leaders ill-equipped for navigating the changes in their communities and congregations. Programs that always seemed to work decades ago no longer enjoy the same vitality or participation.” Adds Jeff, “Many church leaders are anxious and risk-averse, but realize they must do something to engage the younger generation. If they do not know how, they are tempted to give up altogether. As the membership crisis builds, this topic becomes the elephant in the sanctuary.”
 
Discover Hidden Opportunities with Ministry Incubators
Kenda is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Mark is the founder of Ministry Architects.  Steeped in the changing dynamics of the modern day church, Kenda and Mark have authored more than 20 books and resources for the church.  
Long time friends and ministry collaborators, they created Ministry Incubators to help churches, groups of churches, and missional entrepreneurs imagine, invent, and innovate new expressions of the church.  This workshop is open to any and all  church leaders who are interested in learning:
·      New ways of thinking about financing ministry beyond tithes, offerings, and fundraisers
·      A process for prototyping an innovative idea for missional entrepreneurship
·      Provocative strategies for engaging young adults as missional partners and future leaders of the church, rather than consumers of ministry programs

Questions? Contact Marylyn Green at mgreen@txcumc.org.
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